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Diagnosis

Restless legs syndrome is where you have an overwhelming urge to move your legs.

The main symptom of restless legs syndrome is an overwhelming urge to move your legs. You might also have strange sensations in your legs.

Lifestyle changes like getting plenty of sleep and exercise can help with restless legs syndrome. Medicines may be needed in more severe cases.

Read more on the NHS website.

The main symptom of restless legs syndrome is an overwhelming urge to move your legs. You might also have strange sensations in your legs.

Symptoms of restless legs syndrome

The main symptom of restless legs syndrome is an overwhelming urge to move your legs.

It can also cause an unpleasant crawling or creeping sensation in the feet, calves and thighs.

The sensation is often worse in the evening or at night. Occasionally, the arms are affected, too.

Restless legs syndrome is also associated with involuntary jerking of the legs and arms, known as periodic limb movements in sleep (PLMS).

Some people have the symptoms of restless legs syndrome occasionally, while others have them every day.

The symptoms can vary from mild to severe. In severe cases, restless legs syndrome can be very distressing and disrupt a person's daily activities.

Read more on the NHS website.

Lifestyle changes like getting plenty of sleep and exercise can help with restless legs syndrome. Medicines may be needed in more severe cases.

Medical treatments

Mild cases of restless legs syndrome that are not linked to an underlying health condition may not require any treatment, other than making a few lifestyle changes.

These include:

If your symptoms are more severe, you may need medication to regulate the levels of dopamine and iron in your body.

If restless legs syndrome is caused by iron deficiency anaemia, iron supplements may be all that's needed to treat the symptoms.

Read more on the NHS website.