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Symptoms & Diagnosis: RLS

Symptoms

There are many signs and symptoms that patients with RLS may exhibit. The list below describes many of the symptoms that are common amongst patients with RLS. For more information on the individual symptoms, please visit one of the websites listed on the left-hand side of the page.

  • Irresistible urge to move arms and legs when still
  • Daytime sleepiness, caused by lack of restful sleep from repeated limb movements
  • Unpleasant feelings or sensations in the legs such as: creeping, crawling, pulling, itching, tingling, aching, or burning

Diagnosis

Currently, no test exists for diagnosing people with RLS. As a result, RLS is diagnosed on the basis of reported symptoms. Typically, in order to be diagnosed with RLS, the following four conditions must be present:

  1. An urge to move the legs due to an unpleasant feeling or sensation in the legs.
  2. The urge to move the legs, or the unpleasant feeling or sensation in the legs, begins or worsens when at rest or not moving around frequently.
  3. The urge to move the legs, or the unpleasant feeling or sensation in the legs, is partially or completely relieved by movement for as long as the movement continues.
  4. The urge to move the legs, or the unpleasant feeling or sensation in the legs, is worse during the evening and night, or only occurs during the evening and night.


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