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Restless Legs Syndrome Definition & Overview

Definition

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a neurologic disorder. It is characterized by:

  • Unpleasant sensations in the legs
  • An irresistible urge to move your legs

The sensations are typically worse during periods of inactivity and usually strongest at night. The symptoms are improved with activity. For this reason, people with RLS generally have insomnia , which may be severe.

Restless Legs Syndrome

Restless Leg Syndrome
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