Restless Leg Syndrome

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Restless Leg Syndrome Diagnosis


Restless Leg Syndrome Diagnosis?

Are you are looking to find a diagnose for restless leg syndrome? You will need to do some serious search online, because RLS was actually not diagnosed yet clinically. By that i mean, by evaluating the patient's history and symptoms.

There is, of course a clear description of its's clinical features, however, the condition is very often misdiagnosed or even under-diagnosed. A fey years back, in 1995, the International Restless Legs Syndrome Study Group identified four basic criteria for diagnosing RLS.

What are these four basic criteria?

1. A desire to move the limbs, often associated with paresthesias or dysesthesias

2. Symptoms that are worse or present only during rest and are partially or temporarily relieved by activity

3. Motor restlessness

4. Nocturnal worsening of symptoms

Most people with restless leg syndrome have sleep disturbances. This is largely because of the limb discomfort. The result of this is excessive daytime sleepiness and also fatigue.

So, obviously, the clinical diagnosis of restless leg syndrome is difficult to make. Physicians must rely largely on patients' descriptions of these symptoms and information from their previous medical history. That's including their past medical problems, family history, and current medications. The restless leg syndrome can sometimes be misdiagnosed as "growing pains" or attention deficit disorder. More to come in my next article about restless leg syndrome.