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Ways to Check If You Have Restless Legs Syndrome and Why You Need to See a Doctor If You Do

If you’ve ever had strange sensations in your legs that the literature won’t let you sleep at night, it’s time to check if you have restless leg syndrome. Although it is very annoying, it is also quite common and affects up to 15% of the world’s population. Check to see if you’ve ever felt the following warning signs in your legs that never allow you to rest.

Bight Side wants you to take care of your health and watch for symptoms that may indicate that you have restless legs syndrome. You will also find a bonus at the end of the article.

1. You feel crawling and itching in your legs.
Ways to Check if You Have Restless Leg Syndrome and Why You Should See a Doctor If You Have It
Strange itching and crawling sensations occur deep in the legs. You can also feel it in your arms and even in your head.

Usually this affects both sides of the body, but sometimes people have strange sensations on one side. This symptom can also get worse with age.

2. You feel a pull and a pulse in your legs.
Ways to Check if You Have Restless Leg Syndrome and Why You Should See a Doctor If You Have It
Besides itching, you may experience sensations such as pulling, throbbing and numbness in your legs and arms. Some people think that it can be caused by intense training, but the annoying sensation persists and begins to make you more and more nervous day by day.

3. You experience discomfort at rest.
Ways to Check if You Have Restless Leg Syndrome and Why You Should See a Doctor If You Have It
All of these strange feelings described above normally appear when you rest. This is essentially why the syndrome is called “restless”.

For example, you can take a long walk on the way to work, then you have to sit at a computer and this is where the irritating sensations start.

4. You feel the need to move.
Ways to Check if You Have Restless Leg Syndrome and Why You Should See a Doctor If You Have It
If you suffer from restless leg syndrome, the nights can become a nightmare. You go to bed and you feel tired and ready to sleep, but as soon as you lie down, the discomfort begins. The urge to move only increases with all the itching and crawling.

You feel this urge not only in your legs, but also in your arms.

5. You get relief with movement.
Ways to Check if You Have Restless Leg Syndrome and Why You Should See a Doctor If You Have It
After you feel the urge to move, you try not to sit or lie down. You may want to get up and walk around a bit. After this movement, you usually feel immediate relief, but it is only temporary.

People with restless legs syndrome often exercise, even after a hard day at work, by doing things like running, stretching, biking, or yoga.

6. You notice that the symptoms get worse at night.
Ways to Check if You Have Restless Leg Syndrome and Why You Should See a Doctor If You Have It
During the day, while you work or do another activity, you feel absolutely good. But by the time you get home at night and try to relax, you may start to feel immediate pain.

You may also feel uncomfortable sensations during the day while sitting, but in the evening and early evening, you may start to feel it is unbearable.

7. You can’t sleep and you run and turn at night.
Ways to Check if You Have Restless Leg Syndrome and Why You Should See a Doctor If You Have It
Restless legs syndrome can cause insomnia because it makes it difficult to sleep and you always turn and go back to bed. Because of this condition, people can be very sleepy, have low energy, get easily irritated, and be depressed. In addition, many also experience contractions of the limbs during sleep.

Bonus: how to relieve restless legs syndrome
Ways to Check if You Have Restless Leg Syndrome and Why You Should See a Doctor If You Have It

There are some things you can do to minimize the uncomfortable sensations associated with restless leg syndrome.