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The Basics of Restless Leg Syndrome

Last updated 3 years ago

Restless leg syndrome (RLS) affects about 12 million people in the U.S. Despite its prevalence, it’s still not well understood. RLS causes symptoms such as burning sensations in the legs or arms; these symptoms can become quite painful in some patients. These sensations create the urge to move and stretch, which leads to temporary relief. However, symptoms do return. Since symptoms most often appear in the evening and at night, patients often experience sleep disturbances and daytime fatigue.

As you’ll learn by watching this video, the symptoms of RLS and degree to which they affect a person’s sleep can vary from patient to patient. This internal medicine specialist also explains the proposed causes of RLS and discusses how to prepare for a visit to a specialist about your symptoms.

Sleep Services of Maryland specializes in sleep medicine, including the evaluation and treatment of restless leg syndrome. Call our sleep disorder center at (240) 912-4683 or visit our website to learn more.


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