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Symptoms of Restless Legs Syndrome

The International Restless Legs Syndrome Study Group described the following symptoms of restless legs syndrome (RLS):

  • Strange itching, tingling, or "crawling" sensations occurring deep within the legs. These sensations may also occur in the arms.
  • A compelling urge to move the limbs to relieve these sensations
  • Restlessness -- Floor pacing, tossing and turning in bed, rubbing the legs
  • Symptoms may occur only with lying or sitting. Sometimes persistent symptoms occur that are worse with lying or sitting and better with activity. In very severe cases, the symptoms may not improve with activity.

Other symptoms of RLS include the following:

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Restless Legs Syndrome: Alternative Treatments

If you have restless legs syndrome, or RLS, you know that tugging or pulling feeling in your legs. You might feel an overpowering urge to move them, especially at night. This can make it really hard to sleep. There is no cure for RLS, but there are some non-drug steps you can try to get relief from your symptoms. Here are a few. Good sleep routine. Throwing off your sleep pattern can make your RLS symptoms worse. Try going to bed at the same time every night and getting up at the same time...

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  • Sleep disturbances and daytime sleepiness.
  • Involuntary, repetitive, periodic, jerking limb movements that occur either in sleep or while awake and at rest. These movements are called periodic leg movements of sleep or periodic limb movement disorder. Up to 90% of people with RLS also have this condition.

In some people with RLS, the symptoms do not occur every night but come and go. These people may go weeks or months without symptoms (remission) before the symptoms return again.

WebMD Medical Reference from eMedicineHealth

Reviewed by Melinda Ratini, DO, MS on October 29, 2013

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