Staying active is a good thing, but the desire to move can be overwhelming for people with restless legs syndrome. Throbbing and other leg sensations cause the sufferer a strong desire to move around just to get relief.
About 1 in 20 people have restless legs syndrome. It is found mostly in women and more serious in those who are middle aged or older. Keeping the legs in motion helps, but this activity can be distracting and cause sleep loss.
“The cause of restless legs syndrome in most cases is unknown. Research shows that affected people often have too little or malfunctioning iron in the brain. Imaging studies show that people with restless legs syndrome have abnormalities in a movement-related brain region where dopamine is active.” According to a recent article published by NewsinHealth.Com.
The disorder appears to be genetic and currently there is no cure. Your doctor may prescribe medicine to control the symptoms.