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10 Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Restless Legs Syndrome

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Amy VanStee

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When you experience uncomfortable feelings in your legs—a strong urge to move them, tugging or creeping sensations that keep you awake at night—you want answers right away. The lack of restorative sleep can make the next day miserable. The sooner you can find out what’s wrong, the sooner you can get help.

Being diagnosed with restless legs syndrome, or RLS, isn’t exactly good news. But it’s an important first step toward learning everything you can about the condition and how to control it. Here are 10 questions to ask your doctor at your next appointment.

  1. What exactly is restless legs syndrome, and is it related to other health problems?

  2. What causes RLS? Can other conditions or certain drugs trigger it?

  3. Who is most likely to develop RLS?

  4. How is RLS diagnosed?

  5. What type of RLS do I have (primary or secondary)?

  6. What complications does RLS cause?

  7. How can I relieve RLS symptoms?

  8. What medications are available for RLS?

  9. What are some tips for getting a better night’s sleep with RLS?

  10. What regular follow-up care do I need for RLS?
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Medical Reviewers: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS Last Review Date: Apr 30, 2017

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