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Restless Legs Syndrome Appointment Guide

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Ask the right questions at your next doctor’s appointment. Answer two questions below to personalize your appointment guide.
  • Are you keeping a sleep diary? Can we review it together?
  • What medicines do you take? Do you take an antidepressant, antipsychotic, anti-nausea drug, or allergy medicine?
  • How long does it take you to fall asleep most nights? Do you stay asleep or awaken during the night?
  • Describe how you feel during the day. Do you wake up refreshed or feel tired, have trouble staying awake, or nap during the day?
  • How much caffeine, alcohol or tobacco do you use during a typical day?
  • How often do you exercise during a typical week? What types of exercises do you do?
  • Do you have a strong or irresistible urge to move your legs? Is it worse at night or during the day?
  • Describe any other symptoms you have. Do you experience sensations, such tingling, pulling, crawling or cramping?
  • Do your symptoms start or get worse when you are at rest, such as lying down, or when you are active?
  • Do your symptoms improve with rest or with activity, such as walking or stretching?
  • What other medical conditions do you have? When was your last blood test with an iron level?
  • How well is your medicine controlling your symptoms? Have you noticed your symptoms occurring earlier in the day than usual?
  • What is your main concern about a restless legs syndrome diagnosis?
  • What new symptoms are you experiencing?
  • Do you know of anyone in your family who has restless legs syndrome?
  • Do my symptoms mean I have restless legs syndrome?
  • Could another medical condition be causing or contributing to my symptoms?
  • Could any of my medications for other health issues be causing my symptoms?
  • How do you diagnose restless legs syndrome?
  • Do I need to see a sleep specialist?
  • How effective is the restless legs syndrome medicine you are recommending?
  • What are my options if this medicine does not help my symptoms?
  • What lifestyle changes or self-care strategies can I use to improve my symptoms?
  • What medicines or substances should I avoid?
  • What details should I include in my sleep diary?
  • What side effects are common with my restless legs syndrome medicine? Is my medicine addicting?
  • Are my new or different symptoms related to restless legs syndrome?
  • What other recommendations do you have for treating my case of restless legs syndrome?
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Last Review Date: 2018 Sep 10
  1. Frequently Asked Questions. Restless Legs Syndrome Foundation. https://www.rls.org/understanding-rls/faq
  2. Restless Legs Syndrome. Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research. https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/restless-legs-syndrome/diagnosis-treatment/drc-203771...
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