Restless legs syndrome is also known as RLS, Wittmaack-Ekbom’s syndrome and Willis–Ekbom disease. It is a medical condition primarily characterized by a tingling or restless feeling in the legs, arms, torso or other parts of the body. Although it can occur in virtually any limb or extremity, Restless legs syndrome is most commonly observed in the legs. The condition constantly compels the patient to twist, bend, or move the affected limb in order to avoid pain and discomfort.
Patients suffering from Wittmaack-Ekbom’s syndrome typically have to keep the affected area in motion in order to get some relief from the uneasiness or stress. The condition can cause inability to sleep in the patient, and it can often have a severely detrimental effect on the patient’s quality of life. Treatment methods for Wittmaack-Ekbom’s syndrome typically involve physical therapy and medication, although considerable promise has been shown by the use of marijuana as part of the treatment process, which may be helpful in reducing the stress that is so often associated with the condition.