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Restless Leg Syndrome (cont.)

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How is restless leg syndrome diagnosed?

The National Institutes of Health says that four criteria must be met for the diagnosis of RLS in a person (adult or child):

  • A strong urge to move your legs. This urge often, but not always, occurs with unpleasant feelings in your legs. When the disorder is severe, you also may have the urge to move your arms.
  • Symptoms that start or get worse when you're inactive. The urge to move increases when you're sitting still or lying down and resting.
  • Relief from moving. Movement, especially walking, helps relieve the unpleasant feelings.
  • Symptoms that start or get worse in the evening or at night.

Can other conditions mimic restless leg syndrome?

There are many conditions which can mimic restless leg syndrome including:

In children, restless leg syndrome is often misdiagnosed as "growing pains."

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/9/2014

Source: MedicineNet.com
http://www.medicinenet.com/restless_leg_syndrome/article.htm

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