Definitions for "Restless legs syndrome"
A neurological movement disorder characterized by unusual, uncomfortable sensations deep within the calves and/or thighs, resulting in an irresistible urge to move the legs, and motor restlessness in response to or in an effort to alleviate discomfort. In some patients, the arms may also be affected. Symptoms become obvious or worse during periods of relaxation or inactivity; occur most frequently during the evening or the early part of the night; and may be temporarily relieved by voluntary movements of the affected area. Most patients experience associated sleep disturbances, including difficulties drifting off to and remaining asleep. See also: Treatment
A disorder in which the patient experiences and uncomfortable sensation in the legs eased only by moving them. These sensations occur when the patient is relaxed.
A distressing movement disorder that causes uneasiness or twitching in the legs after going to bed. People with restless legs syndrome have relatively high levels of anxiety and depression.