Let them shake the legs…

Restless Leg Syndrome

I just came to know that the urge to keep your legs moving/shaking and the inability to sit with you legs still is actually a disease called Restless Leg Syndrome. This disease effects more than 10% of the Caucasian population. The revenues of the drug Requip (ropinirole hydrochloride) used to treat this disease is about half a billion dollar. (it is a different mater that there is a debate going on whether RLS is actually a serious disorder or has just been hyped up by pharma companies to sell products like Requip (source).)

Severe Restless leg syndrome can drastically reduce the quality of life of the suffers, causing serious interference with sleep and normal day to day activities. Patients are forced to aviod events which requires them to sit idle for long (movies, long drives, long meetings, etc.). Flights are hell for these people.

There is even a help group for people suffering from this disorder.

To find out if you have restless leg syndrome (I pray not) go thru this article

And the next time you find someone shaking legs, please dont get upset.

One thought on “Let them shake the legs…

  1. Ashutosh

    It is actually a real disorder … but the drug companies and doctors are definitely taking advantage of it. I think that revenue number you have for the drugs sold is low.

    It’s only going to increase as more people (like me) find out that there is a name for their twitchy leg problem.

    It can be eliminated through proper diet along with a few vitamins, minerals and herbs. That’s how I got rid of mine after 20 years.


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