the hardest things about having restless legs syndrome is getting to the diagnosis.
Often doctors don't ask about sleep or don't ask about the symptoms of restless
legs. If you're not sleeping well, or if you think you may have restless legs
syndrome, tell your doctor.
Your doctor will talk with you about
your symptoms to make sure that the feelings you describe are
typical of restless legs syndrome and are not caused by some other problem.
You may have blood tests to rule out other problems that could be causing
your symptoms. In some cases, the doctor may order tests of your nerves to be
sure there is no nerve damage. Your doctor may also order a sleep study called
polysomnography. This test records how often your legs
jerk or move while you sleep.
If your symptoms are mild, a
few lifestyle changes may be enough to control your symptoms. Some changes that
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March 12, 2014
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