Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) — Willis-Ekbom Disease (WED)

Last updated: May 4, 2015

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When patients complain about "creepy crawling" or "pins and needles" sensations in the legs when they try to sleep, many doctors dismiss it. Perhaps because this sensation has been called "restless leg syndrome (RLS)". That doesn’t sound so bad, does it? But these sensations can also affect the arms and whole body and prevent patients from falling asleep. Around 2013, the disease was renamed the Willis-Ekbom Disease (WED) so it is referred to by either name.