According to the RLS Foundation, restless leg syndrome is described as a disruptive neurological disorder resulting in the irresistble urge to move the legs. It can be accompanied by strange sensations decribed as a creeping, tugging, or pulling. The first medication for the treatment of RLS was not approved until 2005.
I remember when commercials started advertising drugs for RLS. This is the first time I had heard of the condition. Maybe some of the reason is that sush a small amount of people, about 10%, have symptoms. What I wonder is, would people have even thought twice about their symptoms if it was not brought to their attention through media. Hearing other people’s illness narrative and seeing that they were having similar experiences gave those without diagnoses an explaination of what was happening to them. I cannot say that I believe one way or the other that this is a socially constructed illness or a legitamite disorder. I have some of these sensations in my legs at night, and I find that sometimes they are worse than others. Maybe depending on the activities of the day. However, even though I have had similar experiences, I have not sought a medical opinion or recieved treatment. I would not say “I suffer from restless leg syndrome”.
I think there is a huge connection between belief and healing. Having grown up going to church, I have seen what the “power of prayer” can do. Not saying that it works in all situations, but when a person truly believes in something it can makes of a difference. It’s why people with the same illness