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Diagnosing Restless Legs Syndrome

Medically Reviewed by Sabrina Felson, MD on May 09, 2021

If you are experiencing symptoms of restless legs syndrome, or RLS, consult your doctor. Before making a diagnosis, your doctor will ask you questions about your family health history (for example, if you have any family members with RLS) and will take note of symptoms like sleepiness or insomnia. They will ask if you have a strong urge to move your legs when you are relaxing, especially at night. If you share a bed with someone, your doctor will want to know if you kick and move your legs a lot.