Is It RLS or Something Else?


someone wearing blue pajamas, laying in bed as their legs move from RLS.

Today's blog stems from a question from one of our Lifetones customers. Beverly P. reached out with a burning question about a sensation she's been experiencing in the backs of her legs.

It's these kinds of inquiries that really get me excited – not because Beverly is feeling discomfort, of course, but because it's an opportunity to dive deeper into understanding what our bodies are telling us and how we can help each other navigate through it.

The question: Sometimes I get a burning feeling in the backs of both legs. If I get up and walk or stretch them, it seems to go away temporarily. Is this what they call RLS or something else?


Understanding Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)

Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder that can cause uncomfortable sensations in the legs, leading to an irresistible urge to move them. These sensations often worsen when you're sitting or lying down, and they can create an overwhelming urge to move your legs to find relief.

RLS is more common than you might think, affecting up to 10% of adults in the United States. It can occur at any age, but it's more prevalent in middle-aged and older adults. Women are also more likely to experience RLS than men, and it tends to run in families, suggesting a genetic component.


Common Symptoms of RLS

Now, while RLS typically involves sensations like tingling, itching, or an uncomfortable "creepy-crawly" feeling, a burning sensation like the one Beverly described isn't usually the main feature. However, everyone's body is unique, and symptoms can vary from person to person.


Could It Be Something Else?

So, what else could be causing that fiery feeling? Well, a few possibilities come to mind:

  1. Peripheral Neuropathy: This condition involves damage to the nerves in the legs, which can lead to various sensations, including burning.

  2. Muscle Fatigue or Strain: Sometimes, overuse or strain of the leg muscles can result in that fiery feeling. It's like your muscles are protesting a bit too much!

  3. Poor Circulation: Reduced blood flow to the legs can also cause sensations of burning or discomfort.

  4. Inflammation: If you have conditions like arthritis or gout, inflammation in the joints or tissues could contribute to those sensations.

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    Exercise Helps, Why Is That?

    If exercise seems to provide relief for that burning sensation in the backs of your legs, it could be related to circulation or muscle tension.

    As we age, our blood circulation can sometimes slow down a bit, leading to discomfort or even that burning sensation you're feeling. Getting up and moving around helps get that blood flowing, which can alleviate those symptoms temporarily.

    Muscle tension is another common culprit, especially as we get older, and we may be not as limber as we used to be. Stretching and gentle exercise can help loosen up those muscles, providing some relief from that burning feeling.

    Of course, there could be other factors at play too, like nerve issues or even something like peripheral artery disease, which can affect blood flow to the legs. That's why it's always a good idea to loop in your healthcare provider—they can help pinpoint the exact cause and recommend the best course of action.

    In the meantime, keep up with those stretches and staying active—it sounds like you're already onto something that's helping.

    What Else Can You Do?

    While we can't pinpoint the exact cause of the burning sensation, there are a few things you can try to ease the discomfort:

    1. Warm Compresses: Applying a warm compress to the legs may help soothe the burning sensation.

    2. Cooling Measures: While warmth can be soothing for some, others may find relief from a cooling sensation. Try applying a cold pack or gel to the affected area for short periods to help numb the burning sensation.

    3. Hydration: Drinking plenty of water can aid in overall circulation and may alleviate discomfort.

    4. Elevate Your Legs: Propping your legs up on a pillow or footstool while sitting or lying down can help improve blood flow and reduce swelling, potentially easing the discomfort.

    5. Massage: Gentle massage of the legs, focusing on the calves and thighs, can help relax tight muscles and stimulate circulation. You can use your hands or invest in a handheld massager for added convenience.

    **Remember, these are just suggestions, and what works for one person may not work for another. If you're experiencing persistent discomfort or unusual symptoms, it's always best to chat with a healthcare professional. 


    Let's Wrap It Up

    If you're dealing with a fiery feeling in your legs, know that you're not alone. Keep listening to your body, stay curious, and don't hesitate to reach out if you have more questions or just want to chat. We're all in this journey together!

    I hope that helps Beverly! Thanks for sending in your question.

    Until next time, take care and keep moving!

    Warm regards,



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    2 Responses

    Brandon from Lifetones
    Brandon from Lifetones

    March 29, 2024

    Hey there, Diane! Yes, our products may interact with blood thinners like Eliquis. It’s always important to consult your healthcare practitioner before using any new supplement, especially if you’re taking medications like blood thinners. Your safety is our top priority, so be sure to read our precautions carefully before starting any new regimen.


    March 28, 2024

    Do any of your products interact with Eliquis/blood thinners?

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