What is the cause of Restless Leg Syndrome?

Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder that is characterized by uncomfortable sensations that typically occur in the legs, accompanied by an overwhelming desire to move them.
As such till now the cause of RLS is unknown, but some factors are known to be associated with it: 

  • Family History
  • Iron deficiency
  • Pregnancy
  • Neurologic lesions
  • Chronic diseases
  • Medications
  • Caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco use

Who is at risk for RLS? There are certain people who are more at risk for this affliction than others. Understanding who is at risk may help with earlier diagnosis and treatment in the early stages of the disease.
Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) may affect as many as 12 million people in the United States today.

  • Gender is a factor in RLS, even though it affects both men and women, incidences are higher in women than in men.
  • Many people with RLS are diagnosed in middle age.
  • People with a family history of RLS are much more likely to get it at a younger age.
  • Race/Ethnic groups are all afflicted by RLS but it has been reported to be more common in Northern European descent.
  • RLS is common in pregnant women, but usually disappears a few weeks after delivery.

Being able to understand some of the causes of Restless Leg Syndrome can take some of the worry and guess work out of knowing whether you really have RLS or something similar. If you would like to know more about other conditions that can mimic Restless Leg Syndrome join our newsletter and receive the latest tips on RLS and enjoy our special offers.