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What is restless legs syndrome?

Dr. Amin discusses restless legs syndrome. Click play to watch the video or read the transcript.


Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a disorder that causes the strong – often strange and unpleasant – feeling of needing to move your legs, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH). RLS can make the urge to move your legs feel overwhelming.

People with RLS, according to the NIH, have described the feeling as:

  • Aching
  • Burning
  • Crawling
  • Creeping
  • Electric shocks
  • Itching
  • Pulling
  • Tingling

The unpleasant feeling will only go away for people once they move their legs around, which is a problem because it happens when people are resting and inactive, such as in the evening and at night, according to the NIH. RLS can make it difficult for people to fall asleep, which can lead to depression, mood swings and other health problems.

The disorder is twice as common in women as it is in men, and it can begin at any age, according to the NIH.

Talk to your doctor for more information about RLS.

Learn more:

Source: Anessa Alappatt, MD, Fairborn Medical Center; Joseph Allen, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Mansi Amin, MD, SureCare Medical Center; Irina Gendler, MD, Troy Primary Care Physicians; Aaron Kaibas, DO, Upper Valley Cardiology; Christopher Lauricella, MD, Family Medicine of Vandalia; Angela Long-Prentice, MD, Northwest Dayton Physicians; Erin Mathews, MD, Vandalia Medical Center; Katrina Paulding, MD, Samaritan North Family Physicians; Melinda Ruff, MD, Centerville Family Medicine; Tammy Taylor, MD, The Pediatric Group; Pam Werner, MD, Miami Valley Primary Care; J. Layne Moore, MD, Clinical Neuroscience Institute; Mark Ringle, MD, Beavercreek Family Physicians

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