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What is Restless Legs Syndrome?

What is Restless Legs Syndrome?

Restless legs syndrome is a common condition that affects the nervous system resulting in unusual and uncomfortable sensations in ...more »

  • Restless Legs Syndrome: A neurological disorder where legs develop and crawling, aching skin sensation which is relived by moving the legs.
  • Restless Legs Syndrome: A disorder characterized by aching or burning sensations in the lower and rarely the upper extremities that occur prior to sleep or may awaken the patient from sleep. Complying with an irresistible urge to move the affected limbs brings temporary relief. Sleep may become disrupted, resulting in excessive daytime hypersomnolence. This condition may be associated with UREMIA; DIABETES; and rheumatoid arthritis. Restless Legs Syndrome differs from NOCTURNAL MYOCLONUS SYNDROME in that in the latter condition the individual does not report adverse sensory stimuli and it is primarily a sleep-associated movement disorder. (Adams et al., Principles of Neurology, 6th ed, p387; Schweiz Rundsch Med Prax 1997 Apr 30;86(18):732-736)
    Source - Diseases Database
  • Restless Legs Syndrome: feeling of uneasiness and restlessness in the legs after going to bed (sometimes causing insomnia); may be relieved temporarily by walking or moving the legs.
    Source - WordNet 2.1

Restless Legs Syndrome is listed as a "rare disease" by the Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This means that Restless Legs Syndrome, or a subtype of Restless Legs Syndrome, affects less than 200,000 people in the US population.
Source - National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Restless Legs Syndrome: Introduction

Types of Restless Legs Syndrome:

Broader types of Restless Legs Syndrome:

Who gets Restless Legs Syndrome?

Patient Profile for Restless Legs Syndrome: More common in older people but any age possible.

Gender Profile for Restless Legs Syndrome: Both men and women.

How serious is Restless Legs Syndrome?

Prognosis of Restless Legs Syndrome: benign condition; spontaneous remission in some cases, treatment relieves symptoms in some and delivery can alleviate the condition in pregnant women
Complications of Restless Legs Syndrome: see complications of Restless Legs Syndrome
Prognosis of Restless Legs Syndrome: Restless legs syndrome is a life-long condition for which there is no cure. Symptoms may gradually worsen with age, and their most disabling feature is the sleep onset insomnia they cause, which can be severe. (Source: excerpt from NINDS Restless Legs Syndrome Information Page: NINDS)

What causes Restless Legs Syndrome?

Causes of Restless Legs Syndrome: see causes of Restless Legs Syndrome

What are the symptoms of Restless Legs Syndrome?

Symptoms of Restless Legs Syndrome: see symptoms of Restless Legs Syndrome

Complications of Restless Legs Syndrome: see complications of Restless Legs Syndrome

Can anyone else get Restless Legs Syndrome?

Inheritance: see inheritance of Restless Legs Syndrome

Restless Legs Syndrome: Testing

Diagnostic testing: see tests for Restless Legs Syndrome.

Misdiagnosis: see misdiagnosis and Restless Legs Syndrome.

How is it treated?

Doctors and Medical Specialists for Restless Legs Syndrome: Neurologist ; see also doctors and medical specialists for Restless Legs Syndrome.
Treatments for Restless Legs Syndrome: see treatments for Restless Legs Syndrome
Research for Restless Legs Syndrome: see research for Restless Legs Syndrome

Organs Affected by Restless Legs Syndrome:

Organs and body systems related to Restless Legs Syndrome include:

Name and Aliases of Restless Legs Syndrome

Main name of condition: Restless Legs Syndrome

Other names or spellings for Restless Legs Syndrome:

Ekbom's syndrome, RLS, Wittmaak Ekbom syndrome, anxietas tibialis, asthenia crurum paresthetica, leg jitter, acromelalgia, painful legs, moving toes, RLS1, Restless legs syndrome 1, Acromelalgia hereditary

Ekbom syndrome, Nocturnal myoclonus syndrome, Periodic limb movement disorder Source - Diseases Database

Restless legs, Ekbom syndrome
Source - WordNet 2.1

Hereditary acromelalgia, RLS, Hereditary acromelalgia
Source - Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)

Restless Legs Syndrome: Related Conditions

Research the causes of these diseases that are similar to, or related to, Restless Legs Syndrome:

 

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