What RLS really feels like

Electric, creepy-crawlies, pins and needles, throbbing, aching, ants crawling… sound familiar? These are just some of the ways that people with RLS have described what it feels like.1,2

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What are the symptoms of RLS?

In RLS, an overwhelming urge to move the legs is often accompanied by the uncomfortable, sometimes painful, sensations described above. RLS symptoms usually begin or get worse at nighttime, when you're sitting or lying down. Moving your legs typically brings some relief for as long as you move them. RLS symptoms can occur a few times a week or on a daily basis and can range from mild to severe.1-3

Moving toward diagnosis

In moderate to severe cases of RLS, people often find relief from symptoms as long as movement continues, only to have symptoms return once activity stops. This constant movement can make it hard for you and your partner to fall asleep or to stay asleep. Typical movements include the following4:

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Pacing or walking

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Moving legs

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Stretching or flexing

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Rubbing legs

For many people with primary RLS, the symptoms are severe enough to disrupt their lives.4 If your symptoms are affecting your daily life, talk to your doctor about diagnosis and available treatment options.

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Doctors use an international rating scale to determine the severity of RLS and recommended appropriate treatment.5

Only a doctor can diagnose RLS.

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Managing RLS

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