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

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4 Potential Restless Legs Causes

Disclaimer: The article does not replace an evaluation by a physician. Information on this page is provided as an information resource only, and is not to be used or relied on for any diagnostic or treatment purposes.

  1. 1.Restless Legs Syndrome (Rls)

    Restless Legs Syndrome is a common condition characterized by an urge to move the legs in order to stop unpleasant sensations.

    RLS is a chronic and incurable condition, but many have their symptoms improve with treatment.

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    daytime sleepiness, trouble sleeping, tingling lower leg, restless legs, difficulty falling asleep
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor
  2. 2.Iron Deficiency Anemia

    Anemia is a condition in which the body does not have enough healthy red blood cells, which deliver oxygen. Iron deficiency anemia occurs when the body does not have enough iron. Iron helps make red blood cells.

    Resolves with treatment

    Rarity:
    Common
    Top Symptoms:
    fatigue, headache, shortness of breath, dizziness, heavy menstrual flow
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

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  3. 3.Periodic Limb Movement Disorder

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

    This is a long-term condition.

    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
  4. 4.Diabetic Neuropathy

    Diabetic neuropathy is a condition where pain, numbness, weakness, and motor loss occur in the limbs due to the effects of diabetes on the nerves.

    Symptoms can last a lifetime.

    Rarity:
    Rare
    Top Symptoms:
    anxiety, depressed mood, trouble sleeping, diarrhea, fatigue
    Urgency:
    Primary care doctor

Questions Your Doctor May Ask About Restless Legs

  • Q.Do you have trouble sleeping?
  • Q.What is your body mass?
  • Q.Have you ever been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease?
  • Q.Are you sleepy during the day?

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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:

    • 49% Restless Legs Syndrome (Rls)
    • 23% Iron Deficiency Anemia
    • 19% Periodic Limb Movement Disorder
  • Source: Aggregated and anonymized results from visits to the Buoy AI health assistant (check it out by clicking on “Take Quiz”).

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