Restless Legs Symptoms, Causes & Common Questions

Understand your restless legs symptoms, including 4 causes & common questions.

This symptom can also be referred to as: constant need to move the legs

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Contents

  1. 4 Possible Restless Legs Causes
  2. Real-Life Stories
  3. Questions Your Doctor May Ask
  4. Statistics
  5. Related Articles

4 Possible Restless Legs Causes

The list below shows results from the use of our quiz by Buoy users who experienced restless legs. This list does not constitute medical advice and may not accurately represent what you have.

Restless legs syndrome (rls)

Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a chronic condition characterized by uncomfortable sensations while lying down and a strong urge to move the legs. Leg movement relieves the unpleasant sensations temporarily, often resulting in poor quality sleep. RLS is co...

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Iron deficiency anemia

Iron deficiency anemia is a condition in which the body does not have enough iron to form hemoglobin, the protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen throughout the body.

The condition can be caused by acute blood loss through injury, surgery, or childbirth;chronic b...

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Periodic limb movement disorder

Periodic limb movement disorder is a sleep disease that causes random limb movements during sleep. There is no known cause.

Rarity: Common

Top Symptoms: fatigue, trouble sleeping, daytime sleepiness, restless legs

Symptoms that always occur with periodic limb movement disorder: trouble sleeping

Symptoms that never occur with periodic limb movement disorder: spontaneous loss of muscle control, sleep paralysis

Urgency: Primary care doctor

Diabetic neuropathy

Diabetic neuropathy is nerve damage caused by longstanding or poorly controlled diabetes mellitus (DM). Other risk factors for developing diabetic neuropathy include obesity, smoking, cardiovascular disease, and abnormal lipid levels.

Diabetic neuropathy can present as a number ...

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Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Restless Legs

To diagnose this condition, your doctor would likely ask the following questions:

  • Does anyone in your family suffer from restless legs or Willis-Ekbom disease?
  • Have you ever been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease?
  • What is your body mass?
  • Do you have trouble sleeping?

If you've answered yes to one or more of these questions

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Restless Legs Symptom Checker Statistics

People who have experienced restless legs have also experienced:

  • 6% Trouble Sleeping
  • 5% Fatigue
  • 4% Anxiety

People who have experienced restless legs were most often matched with:

  • 33% Restless Legs Syndrome (Rls)
  • 33% Iron Deficiency Anemia
  • 33% Periodic Limb Movement Disorder

Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from Buoy Assistant (a.k.a. the quiz).

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