Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)
You feel you have to move your legs (but also, sometimes, other parts of the body).
You may have uncomfortable, painful or burning feelings in your legs.
These feelings only bother you when you are resting.
They are generally worse at night.
Walking or stretching helps, but only for as long as you carry on doing it.
You may not be able to sit still in the daytime or sleep properly.
People usually first ask for help with this in middle age, even though they may have had symptoms since childhood. It often runs in families.
RLS usually occurs on its own. Pregnancy or a physical illness (iron and vitamin deficiencies, diabetes or kidney problems) can occasionally be responsible.
If it is not caused by another physical illness, treatment depends on how bad it is.
In mild RLS, the symptoms can usually be controlled by simple steps designed to help you sleep better.
In more severe RLS, medications may help. These include medications used in Parkinson's disease, anti-epileptic medications, benzodiazepine tranquillisers and pain-killers.
If simple measures do not help, you can be referred to a sleep or movement disorders specialist (163).
If you require help and advice Counselling may be provided via Skype and FaceTime in the comfort of your home, office or any place of your choice.