Currently no test exists to definitively diagnosis Restless Legs Syndrome. There are several things to look for that can help you know if you have RLS.
- There is an urge to move the afflicted limbs, typically the lower legs or calves.
- That uncomfortable sensation increases during periods of inactivity.
- Relief is usually found in movement, such as stretching or walking.
- The symptoms of RLS are worse in the evening, especially at night when you’re in bed and trying to
- You feel better and your symptoms improve when you move your legs around.
- Many people report of fatigue and exhaustion which indirectly affect their personal and professional life.
- Some people also have problems concentrating and have impaired memory.
- Cause of the leg discomfort not detected by medical tests.
- Family members sometimes have similar characteristics.
If you have some of the above symptoms, then you could have one of three types of RLS that have been
classified by Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation. They are:
- Primary or Familial Type: This type is when RLS is found to run in a family.
- Secondary Type: This type is when RLS occurs as a result of another condition such as pregnancy, low
iron levels, or chronic disease.
- Idiopathic Type: This type is said to occur when there is no family history of Restless legs syndrome and no known associated conditions.
If you are still unsure if your symptoms are truly Restless Leg Syndrome, then maybe you have a condition that can mimic RLS. There are many conditions which can mimic Restless Leg Syndrome including muscle diseases, joint conditions, nerve problems, and circulation difficulties. All these conditions should be considered in the differential diagnosis which includes peripheral neuropathies, radiculopathies, intermittent claudicating, anxiety disorders, akathisia, Vesper’s curse, hyperactivity disorder, upper airway resistance syndrome, nocturnal epilepsy, nocturnal leg cramps, nocturnal paroxysmal dystonia, rapid eye movement (REM) sleep behavior disorder, rhythmic movement disorder, and sleep starts.
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