Is Restless Legs Syndrome a legitimate physical/medical condition or a psychosom

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  1. cam8510 profile image95
    cam8510posted 6 years ago

    Is Restless Legs Syndrome a legitimate physical/medical condition or a psychosomatic disorder?

    Those who suffer with this condition find it difficult to describe the sensations they feel that cause them to move their legs.  As a result some people believe the condition is not physical but mental.

    Whatever your opinion, if any, about RLS might be, I would like to direct you to  It is the site of the RLS foundation. 



  2. lburmaster profile image81
    lburmasterposted 6 years ago

    It depends on the cause. If it is a medical condition, there will be a medical reason in the nerves or muscles. If it is a psychological condition, it could be related to ADHD, anxiety, or other disorders.

    1. cam8510 profile image95
      cam8510posted 6 years agoin reply to this

      Hi Iburmaster.  I have had RLS since I was a child.  I see a neurologist regularly.  I find that people around me have a hard time getting their heads around this disease.  I would like to be more involved in public education about RLS.  Thanks.

    2. Penth Hane profile image54
      Penth Haneposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      So, if a doctor makes a mistake and misses a fracture in your leg, the pain caused by it is psychosomatic, because there hasn't been found a physical cause? Cause that's what you're actually saying!

    3. cam8510 profile image95
      cam8510posted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Penth Hane, Would you mind clarifying who your comment was directed to?  I wasn't sure if it was me or Iburmaster.  Thanks.

    4. lburmaster profile image81
      lburmasterposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      To be considered a psychological condition, it would have to be observed over several months. By that point, a doctor should notice your condition.

  3. artist101 profile image67
    artist101posted 6 years ago

    I just recently read an article on natural treatment for RLS, it has been linked to a magnesium, and iron deficiency. You should not take an iron supplement unless you have been diagnosed as anemic, it may also be a B-12 deficiency. All are easily tested with a simple blood test. Magnesium is relaxing to the body, as well as very healing. Other recommendations include calcium, and if it effects sleep melatonin, 5mg. Eat foods high in tryptophan, as this amino acid is very calming to the body. So it may be a mental ailment, such as lack of serotonin. Foods high in trytophan include turkey, dairy, nut butter, and whole grains.

  4. kiera305 profile image62
    kiera305posted 5 years ago

    Restless Leg Syndrome is also a sign of Spina bifida cystica. So is ADHD. If you research this it can go undisguised. Cysts can come in form of palpable mass. I know exactly what you're talking about. My fingers and toes tingle constantly too. I am out to prove my sanity that this is not all in my head. I've been locked in psych ward. Had needles and drugs forced inhumaneky into me. I'm over being told impossible. I can prove what I am saying with medical research. I have also suffered RSL along with many other things. I can see congenital illness through my whole extended family. It is highly in diagnosed. I know what you're feeling. I've felt it too. Something popped on my back in January. Felt like a cereal bowl pop off my spine. Now instead of feeling RSL I feel like they need to be chopped off.

    There's 3 forms of Spina bifida. If you research and believe other symptoms fit your story too and someone listens to you can you let me know. I know what I see. I know what I feel. It's not in your head. They want it to be. If its in your head, it's in mine too, my childrens, my girlfriend and her 4 year old sons too. Mental illness does not exist. It is a symptom. Mental illness needs to exist for us to be guinea pigs, and others get rich.

    The brain is a window of the stomach. Not the other way around. If your body is doing something your brain can't control, there's something along your spinal cord stopping the messages getting through.

    The medical profession is nothing more than a scam and I can prove I'm right. They can only tell me it's all in my head. Prove it to me, don't just tell me.

    You know your body. You know when something isn't normal. You go insane because no one listens. After what I discovered only by chance this week, I want to be wrong. I want the people who tell me it's all in my head to be right. If not, what I'm feeling ain't good. Sad thing is my kids have it too.

    Dispute every diagnosis, especially when supposedly all in your head, until it can be disputed no more.

    Doctors earn more money than sex workers, move along next, and don't even follow their ethical and legal obligations when becoming doctor's.

    They go on holidays for medicating us. Especially for mental illness.

    1. cam8510 profile image95
      cam8510posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      kiera, it is always nice to talk to someone who knows what I am talking about.  I am sorry you suffer so much.  Than you for taking the time to pass on such good advice.  I know one person with spina bifida and he has a hard life.

    2. kiera305 profile image62
      kiera305posted 5 years agoin reply to this

      Spina bifida occulta. It's in the base of your neck. It can be missed with MRI and CT  scans. The cysts can hide in the abdomen.
      Lesions can even be found in your wrists.


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