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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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Medical Reviewer: William C. Lloyd III, MD, FACS
Last Review Date: 2018 Sep 10
THIS TOOL DOES NOT PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE. It is intended for informational purposes only. It is not a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. Never ignore professional medical advice in seeking treatment because of something you have read on the site. If you think you may have a medical emergency, immediately call your doctor or dial 911.
  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...