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Can restless legs syndrome turn into something more serious?

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Most people with restless legs syndrome have the "idiopathic" form, meaning there's no known cause. For them, there is no risk of RLS developing into something more serious, like Parkinson's disease.

Restless legs syndrome can get worse in people with other medical conditions if they don't get those conditions treated.

SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Restless Leg Syndrome."

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Explore Restless Legs Syndrome"

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Restless Legs Syndrome Information Page."

RLS Foundation: "Frequently Asked Questions."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 6, 2018

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SOURCES:

FamilyDoctor.org: "Restless Leg Syndrome."

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Explore Restless Legs Syndrome"

National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke: "NINDS Restless Legs Syndrome Information Page."

RLS Foundation: "Frequently Asked Questions."

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on May 6, 2018

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