Restless Legs Syndrome Diagnosis

Submitted by Thiruvelan on Fri, 06/25/2010

Primary care doctors can be able to diagnose and treat RLS. However, he or she also sometimes may suggest consulting a sleep specialist or neurologist for efficient treatment.

Restless legs syndrome test

  • Symptoms - Must have all key signs and symptoms of RLS to be diagnose with this condition.
  • Other health conditions - some disease condition can cause RLS such as kidney failure, Parkinson disease, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, pregnancy, and iron deficiency.
  • Ongoing medications - Some medications can cause or worsen RLS.
  • Family history - RLS tends to run in families, if any of the family members have had RLS, then the chances of having it is more.
  • Physical exam – is to check for conditions that may cause RLS, just to eliminate other conditions that may be similar to it.
  • Blood test - is to diagnose iron deficiency, muscle or nerve test to diagnose neurological problems.

Sometimes doctor may also like to know:

  • How symptoms are affecting the quality and quantity of sleep?
  • How alert during the day.

Keep a sleep diary with daily record of when going to bed, how easily fall asleep, how much sleep gets at the night, how alert during the day.

Rarely, doctor may suggest a sleep study for the diagnosis of RLS.