Willis-Ekbom Disease, also known as Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS), is a neurological disorder characterized by the irresistible urge to move one’s body to stop uncomfortable sensations. It is estimated that between 7-10% of the United States population is living with RLS. It most commonly affects the legs, but can also affect other parts of the body, including the arms and torso. The unpleasant sensations that accompany RLS may be described as creeping, tugging, or pulling. Symptoms most often occur in the evening, which may severely disrupt sleep and impair quality of life.
RLS is most frequently diagnosed in middle-aged individuals, but the disease can affect people of all ages, even children. It is a hereditary disease in about 50% of affected individuals, a condition referred to as primary RLS. In others, RLS appears as the result of another condition, which is referred to as secondary RLS. Currently there is no cure for either form of RLS, but there are treatment options available to manage symptoms. To read more about treatment options for RLS, click here.
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