The Mysterious Case of Leg Shaking

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This is not a groundbreaking, leg shaking, mind-boggling discovery. This is the leg shaking explanation. Is it what the school is feeding us? When you’re sitting in class, do you ever notice your classmates shaking their legs about? Does it look like they’re doing the Hokey Pokey in their seats? The bouncing of legs, tapping of toes or shaking of feet can be seen on a daily basis. Scientific research claims this behavior is diagnosed as Restless Leg Syndrome also called Willis-Ekbom Disease. After some personal research, my data is supported by this theory.
RLS is a very common chronic disease that causes an irresistible urge to move the legs. At first, I thought this was a perfect explanation as to why I, and other people in our building, shake their legs. Then I thought, is it really reasonable to think all of us leg-shakers are unknowingly diagnosed with this disease? Thoroughly into the symptoms, those with Willis-Ekbom Disease also feel pain in their legs, face sleep deprivation and have a sense of uncomfortable tingling and burning in the legs. This nullifies the idea that half of the building is diagnosed with this disease. Some causes of this syndrome are caffeine, the use of antidepressants or the treatment of bipolar disorders.
Causes of leg shaking as a whole are stated along with boredom, ADHD, anxiety, or a method of concentration. With this information, I conducted a survey to understand why people do this. Within the survey were questions relating to causes of the Willis-Ekbom Disease. Those who said yes to drinking caffeine on a daily basis, taking antidepressants or BD treatments were omitted from the results because those traits have a direct correlation to leg shaking. A majority of respondents had no relation with ADHD, didn’t drink caffeine, weren’t taking antidepressants or BD treatments. A majority did eat school food, were bored in class, had anxiety, and felt they were sitting too long during class\; These are main causes of subconscious leg movements. Some students responded saying they wished teachers were more interactive with the students rather than sitting and listening. If it’s not Restless Leg Syndrome then it must be something along the lines of long hours of being seated.
Although this is believable, I wondered why people outside of sedentary environments displayed the same leg shaking behavior. While doing a visual experiment, I saw people midst conversation, in line at a store, while on the bus, and cashiers all making similar leg movements as most students at our building do. In the survey, a majority of people said their legs “jittered” always, usually, and sometimes. They said they did it out of habit, out of comfort, or simply because they didn’t know. When I walked up to people and surveyed them, they generally were aware of their behavior, others were not. They were surprised and some were offended that I pointed out something they did not know of themselves.
In general, the most logical explanation is called physiologic tremors. Everyone shakes a little bit when they move or stay in one pose for a while, these movements are perfectly normal and are usually too small to notice, these are physiologic tremors. In search of an answer to our leg movements, I understand that it’s not because of what the school is feeding us, we aren’t all diagnosed with a disease – We simply like to shake our legs and that’s that. Take a look at your classmates’ legs next time you’re in class, I bet they’re probably Hokey Pokey-ing.