One condition comes under the topic of annoying and uncomfortable is restless leg syndrome. This condition affects women more than men. If a man or woman has never experienced restless leg syndrome and experiences it at some point, they will not know what is going on with their legs. It takes a doctor to diagnosis this condition, although if a person has had this condition they will know in an instant what is wrong.
Restless leg syndrome can come, go, and can be so mild the person and may overlook the problem and not see the doctor. Restless leg syndrome can be so severe that it decreases the person’s quality of life. This condition affected me infrequently, but when it did crop up it was enough to disturb my sleep and make me uncomfortable.
I noticed this annoying condition at night when I was trying to sleep. During the day, I am out of bed and busy walking so it was not noticeable. Being a nurse gave me an idea of what was wrong, however I was not entirely sure.
What I found out was when a person has restless leg syndrome it comes under the topic of a sleep disorder, simply because one has the feeling that they must move their legs. This will wake the person up, thus considered a sleep disorder.
Causes are Just Assumptions
This disorder affects the nervous system. When I had restless legs it felt as though I could not keep my legs still enough to get a good sleep. I experienced a strange crawly feeling inside my legs, that made me want to move my legs and get away from the annoying feelings. My legs did not ache or hurt necessarily, they just could not get comfortable and I kept moving them to get them comfortable.
I have had many patients with restless leg syndrome and some complained for a feeling of pins and needles inside the legs. Other patients complained of the legs itching or aching.
My doctor knew at once, what the problem was but unfortunately did not know the cause. He did tell me that some researchers have the idea that a person uses up too much iron in the body. Some think that it is stress or over activity during the day.
Being a nurse I fell into both categories of feeling over-worked and stressed out. I hardly ever sat down or rested until I went to bed at night or during the day if I worked all night, so I could say I was also over active most days.
When the doctor took my family history, I remembered that my mother and grandmother complained that during the night on occasion had a “funny feeling” in the legs, and could not keep them still. Some researchers believe that restless leg syndrome passes along within family members.
The doctor told me that sometimes there is underlying health conditions associated with restless leg syndrome such as kidney disease or Parkinson’s disease. My mother had kidney disease. The doctor ordered me a cat scan of the kidneys to be sure I did not have kidney disease and he drew some blood work, all of which was negative.
Other Factors May Contribute to Restless Legs
I have not had restless leg syndrome in many years and especially since, I retired from nursing. People should always seek a doctor’s consult if the legs become restless at night, as there could be an underlying progression of disease or illness.
The doctor told me that when people are prone to restless leg syndrome antihistamines, antidepressants, and antinausea drugs might worsen the condition. I was not taking any of these drugs so I had no concerns. However, this tip helped me in taking care of my patients. Alcohol was another substance that makes this condition worsens. I do not drink alcohol, so I had no worries.
If you suspect restless leg syndrome see your doctor and have the doctor make sure there are no underlying health issues.