Restless Legs Awareness Day
Restless Legs Awareness Day is a day to raise awareness about this condition. It is celebrated on the same day every year in order to coincide with the birthday of Professor Karl-Axel Ekborn (born 23 September 1907, died 1977). The disease was first described by this eminent Swedish neurologist in 1945. Although there has been much research about the disease’s symptoms, no primary cause has been identified. Dopamine and blood iron levels may be the possible causes.
It is characterized by the urge to move your legs, even while you are at rest. Sometimes it can also occur in your arms. Secondary causes may include medication or other predisposing medical conditions.
International Awareness Day is intended to raise awareness about RLS, the distress it causes, and the jerky movements that can be caused. The cure is still being searched. The North Carolina (USA), declared that all citizens should observe this day in 2013.