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How should I prepare for a doctor visit for restless leg syndrome (RLS)?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

If you're pretty sure you have restless leg syndrome (RLS), it's time to get a professional opinion. Grab a journal or piece of paper. You need to write down a few things first:

  • When did these sensations start?
  • How does it feel?
  • How long does it last?
  • What's the severity? Light, medium, or strong?
  • When does it happen? Sitting, sleeping, lying down?
  • How often does it happen?
  • What medications are you taking?

Your doctor, sleep specialist, or neurologist may ask questions like these along with medical history questions that cover other ailments and habits, like diabetes, arthritis, Parkinson's, smoking, stress management, and drinking. You may need a blood test to check for an iron deficiency.

The best way to prepare for a doctor visit for restless legs syndrome (RLS), or any office visit, is to be prepared to discuss your current medications (both prescribed and over-the-counter) and provide a detailed history of symptoms and previous treatments you have already attempted.

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