September 21, 2014
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Restless legs syndrome: signs

Print this page and use it to record your answers. Read the following descriptions and make a note, yes or no, if they match your symptoms.

  YES NO
Before I fall asleep, I develop an unpleasant or creepy, crawly sensation in my legs.    
To relieve this sensation, I have to get up and walk, do deep knee bends, take a hot or cold bath, massage my legs, or perform some other activity.    
I develop this unpleasant or creepy, crawly sensation when I sit for a period of time, such as when watching television or a movie, riding in the car, attending the theater, or participating in a meeting.    
The sensations bother me most in the evening or at night.    
I often have trouble staying asleep or falling asleep.    
My bed partner tells me that I jerk my legs (or my arms) when I am asleep; sometimes, I have involuntary leg jerks when I am awake.    
I frequently feel tired or fatigued during the day.    
No medical tests have revealed a cause for my sensations.    
I have other family members who experience these same sensations.    

If you answer "yes" to 2 or more of the above statements, you may have restless legs syndrome, and you should discuss this further with your doctor.


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