RLS (Restless Legs Syndrome) Diagnosis

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  1. Usually starting in the lower legs, symptoms can spread to other parts of the body, such as the feet, chest, and arms. While often described as uncomfortable or irritating, some people experience pain with these sensations.
  2. Your symptoms are partially or totally relieved by movement. By moving or stretching, the unpleasant sensations can be partially or totally relieved. The kinds of movements that help are often repetitive, such as pacing, rocking or shaking.
  3. Your symptoms begin or worsen during rest such as lying or sitting. Often people will experience RLS symptoms when inactive or not moving around. Lying down, traveling in a plane, or sitting through a movie are examples of situations when RLS may occur. While moving the affected limb can lessen the symptoms, once at rest the symptoms can intensify again.
  4. Your symptoms are worse in the evening or night. There is a typical timing to the intensity or concentration of RLS symptoms. In the early morning, people with RLS often find some relief from the unpleasant sensations. However, as the day continues, symptoms get increasingly worse. Throughout the night, these irritating sensations and feelings often reach their peak.

In order to help you initiate a conversation with your health care professional, we have included an RLS Symptom Diary and RLS Symptom Diary Summary . Click here to record your RLS symptoms.