What’s the Connection Between RLS and MS?
People with multiple sclerosis (MS) are five times more likely to lose sleep over restless legs syndrome (RLS) than the general population — however, the reason for this is not entirely known.
RLS is an uncomfortable — and often painful — condition affecting the nervous system. People with MS note feeling sensations such as pinching, crawling, tingling, among others, while in bed at night.
These feelings lead to an intense urge to move your legs, as the sensations feel worse when you’re still. MSers often confuse RLS with MS spasms, which can make diagnosis and treatment more difficult.
On top of being an unpleasant experience, RLS can seriously impede on sleep, which can make MS symptoms worse.
If you believe you’re experiencing RLS, it’s important to see your doctor so you can receive proper treatment and avoid fatigue.