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What are the chances of recovery from restless legs syndrome (RLS)?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is generally a lifelong condition for which there is no cure. Symptoms may gradually worsen with age, though more slowly for those with the idiopathic form of RLS than for patients who also suffer from an associated medical condition. Nevertheless, current therapies can control the disorder, minimizing symptoms and increasing the periods of restful sleep. In addition, some patients have remissions, periods in which symptoms decrease or disappear for days, weeks, or months, although symptoms usually eventually reappear. A diagnosis of RLS does not indicate the onset of another neurological disease.

This answer is based on source information from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

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