6 Things to Know About Restless Legs Syndrome

You’re not alone if you suffer from restless legs syndrome (RLS).

Up to 15% of Americans experience this sensorimotor disorder. People with RLS live with the strong urge to move their legs to relieve unpleasant feelings. They are very familiar with the weird creeping, crawling, tugging, tingling, burning, and achy or itchy feelings. Whether you’re new to RLS or not, there are some key things to know about it.

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