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Diagnosing RLS

There are no tests available to detect RLS. Therefore, the disorder can be hard to diagnose because it is easily confused with other conditions. In order to make an RLS diagnosis, your doctor will:
  • Take a complete medical history
  • Do a complete physical examination
  • Order other tests.
A diagnosis of RLS usually requires the following four conditions to be present:
  • An urge to move the legs due to an unpleasant feeling in them
  • Leg pain that begins or worsens when you are at rest or not moving around frequently
  • Leg pain that is partly or completely relieved by continuous movement, such as walking or stretching
  • Leg pain that is worse in the evening and at night, or only occurs in the evening or at night.
Despite these efforts to establish standard criteria, a clinical diagnosis is difficult to make because doctors have to rely on a person's:
  • Description of symptoms
  • Information from their medical history, including past medical problems
  • Family history
  • Current medications.
An RLS diagnosis is especially difficult with children because doctors rely heavily on the child's explanations of symptoms, which can be difficult for a child to describe. Children with RLS are sometimes misdiagnosed with growing pains or attention deficit disorder.

(Click RLS Detection for more information.)
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