Restless Legs Syndrome common with HSP

About RLS, resources and treatment options

Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) is a condition of motor restlessness in response to or in an effort to relieve unusual sensations or discomfort. To the extent that someone feels a compelling urge to move, these movements may be termed involuntary.

Source: RACGP

RLS is quite common amongst HSPers, and is quite a significant issue for those who have it. Almost everyone with RLS also experiences sleep disturbances including difficulty falling asleep as well as problems remaining asleep.

Learn more about causes of RLS and treatment, including lifestyle changes and activities, with these resources:

https://www.ninds.nih.gov/health-information/disorders/restless-legs-syndrome
https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/restless-legs-syndrome
https://www.betterhealth.vic.gov.au/health/conditionsandtreatments/restless-legs-syndrome-rls
https://www1.racgp.org.au/ajgp/2023/september/restless-legs-syndrome

2 comments

  1. My wife has hsp and her rls is really getting her down. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Kind regards
    Tom

    1. Editor’s note: Restless leg syndrome is normally able to be successfully treated in people with HSP who get RLS. It may be a combination of medication and physical therapy/movement to resolve the problem. The place for advice and treatment is with your wife’s medical professionals and associated allied health professionals. If the treatment prescribed is not working effectively enough or your wife is not being listened to, it may be necessary to be more assertive regarding the impacts that the RLS is having on her functionality and quality of life.

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