Patients with restless legs syndrome have an urge to move their legs. This usually interferes with sleep.
Patients have uncomfortable sensations in their legs and an urge to move their legs to relieve the sensations. Patient’s describe this as “itchy,” “pins and needles,” or “creepy crawly” feeling in the legs. When restless legs syndrome is caused by varicose veins or venous insufficiency these patients may also suffer with achy legs, leg cramps, leg fatigue.
The severity of RLS symptoms range from mild to intolerable. Symptoms can come and go and severity can also vary. The symptoms are generally worse in the evening and at night. For some people, symptoms may cause severe nightly sleep disruption that can significantly impair their quality of life.