Restless Legs Syndrome | Symptoms

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What does it feel like to have RLS?

People who have RLS often say it's difficult to describe their symptoms. If you have RLS, you may have a "creepy-crawly" feeling in your legs that makes you want to move around. You may experience achy, tingly or burning sensations in your legs, which can make it difficult to sleep or sit for long periods of time. Moving your legs makes the feeling go away for a few minutes, but it comes back after you sit or lie still again. Your legs may also twitch when you try and sleep (also called periodic limb movements of sleep or PLMS).

Written by familydoctor.org editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 11/05

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