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Restless Legs Overview

Another name for Restless Legs is Restless Legs Syndrome.

What is restless legs syndrome?
A person with restless legs syndrome has leg discomfort and a strong urge to move the legs while resting. The cause of restless legs syndrome is unknown, but the condition may be inherited. About 5 percent of people in the US have restless legs syndrome.

What are the symptoms of restless legs syndrome?
Symptoms of restless legs syndrome include an uncontrollable urge to move the legs, an unpleasant sensation in the muscles, and difficulty sleeping. The symptoms tend to occur at the end of the day or while lying in bed.

How does the doctor treat restless legs syndrome?
Treatment for restless legs syndrome includes regular exercise, stretching exercises, warm baths, and medications.

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Last Updated: Jan 4, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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