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Restless legs syndrome, also known as RLS, is a common condition affecting 10-15% of the population. The likelihood of RLS increases with age but it can begin at any age.

The diagnosis of RLS consists of a compelling urge to move the limbs, usually accompanied by creeping, crawling, uncomfortable or "difficult to describe" feeling in the legs and occasionally in the arms. The symptoms worsen or are only present at rest usually when you are lying down or sitting. Symptoms are temporarily relieved by movement or activity such as floor pacing, tossing and turning in bed, and rubbing the legs. The symptoms worsen in the evening and at bedtime.

When you visit a doctor for RLS, heshe will conduct a thorough history and physical examination. It is done to identify secondary causes and rule out other disorders such as spinal cord and nerves disease or blood vessel disorders. Laboratory tests on the blood and urine are performed to rule out iron deficiency, diabetes, and kidney disease. RLS generally is diagnosed on the basis of the history and a doctor's examination. In some cases, a doctor may order an overnight sleep study.

Other conditions that may cause symptoms similar to RLS include leg cramps, extreme restlessness, nerve damage, and blood vessel disease. Often no cause of RLS can be identified.

There are a number of things you can do to help manage the symptoms of RLS including walking, massaging the legs, stretching, hot or cold packs, vibration and acupressure. Practicing relaxation techniques such a meditation or yoga has been found to decrease the symptoms.

Tips for coping with symptoms of RLS

Talk to your friends, family, and colleagues about RLS so they know what to expect. Experts suggest that you practice stretching techniques regularly, preferable late in the day. If possible, try to sleep when your symptoms are least pronounced. Chose an aisle seat at the movies or on airplanes so that you are able to move around if necessary. Plan travel hours when symptoms are last severe and allow times for breaks such as getting up and walking up and down the aisles of the airplane on long trips.

Bottom Line: RLS is a common yet manageable condition. Use coping techniques and design strategies that can help you rest and get relief from your symptoms. For more information contact your physician.