by KYW’s medical editor Dr. Brian McDonough
You have probably heard all of the advertisements about restless leg syndrome, but if you don’t suffer from the condition you are probably thinking ‘what the heck is this?’
People who have restless leg are compelled to move their legs, either when they’re at rest or sleeping. The condition can interfere with sleep and it may induce profound fatigue. The advertising and news surrounding restless leg is not a bad thing because it helps raise awareness and because many people used to avoid seeking medical help for the problem because they thought it was strange, so they suffered in silence.
According to research, about three percent of the overall population should get help. Restless leg can start early in life. Patients have reported symptoms as early as three to four years of age. Restless leg increases with age. Most people who get restless leg develop it after age 45.