Re: what is Restless Leg Syndrome?
Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder characterized by unpleasant sensations in the legs and an uncontrollable urge to move when at rest in an effort to relieve these feelings. RLS sensations are often described by people as burning, creeping, tugging, or like insects crawling inside the legs. Often called paresthesias (abnormal sensations) or dysesthesias (unpleasant abnormal sensations), the sensations range in severity from uncomfortable to irritating to painful.
The most distinctive or unusual aspect of the condition is that lying down and trying to relax activates the symptoms. As a result, most people with RLS have difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. Left untreated, the condition causes exhaustion and daytime fatigue. Many people with RLS report that their job, personal relations, and activities of daily living are strongly affected as a result of their exhaustion. They are often unable to concentrate, have impaired memory, or fail to accomplish daily tasks.
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Hope this gives you a good idea of what it is. It's not curable but can be treatable. People who have bad cases of it, can become very isolated and depressed. If you NEVER sleep or only sleep in a drug-induced way, NEVER relax, NEVER really rest it will take a toll on you physically and mentally. In fact, over time, you find ways to stay moving 24/7 because it's when you stop moving and try to rest that it becomes worse. Because it's not life-ending, there is not a lot of money poured into research and when you tell someone that you have Restless Legs Syndrome, they usually think "so what".
It would be a good torture method to be used by terrorists if they could give someone the disease. It takes longer than harsher methods but after weeks or months of it, people are almost willing to do anything to get it to stop.