Restless legs syndrome

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What is restless legs syndrome?

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder characterized by an unpleasant sensation in the legs and an urge to move them for relief; usually occurs during periods of inactivity, particularly at night. RLS sensations may also be felt in the arms or other parts of the body.

Common symptoms reported by people with restless legs syndrome

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

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Treatments taken by people for restless legs syndrome

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Mirapex)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
493
Tried for
restless legs syndrome (24)
Treatment name(s)

(Requip)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
676
Tried for
restless legs syndrome (18)
Treatment name(s)

(Sinemet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
207
Tried for
restless legs syndrome (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
614
Tried for
restless legs syndrome (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Neupro Patch)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
30
Tried for
restless legs syndrome (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Horizant)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
37
Tried for
restless legs syndrome (2)
Treatment name(s)

(FeraMAX)
Type
Supplement
How many have tried
88
Tried for
restless legs syndrome (1)

Data from patients with restless legs syndrome, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with restless legs syndrome

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Mirapex)
Perceived effectiveness
for restless legs syndrome (20 evaluations)
Side effects
compulsive shopping or spending difficulty staying asleep 4 more
Total evaluations
21
Tried for
restless legs syndrome (24)
Treatment name(s)

(Requip)
Perceived effectiveness
for restless legs syndrome (7 evaluations)
Side effects
cramps in calf muscles nausea
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
restless legs syndrome (18)
Treatment name(s)

(Sinemet)
Perceived effectiveness
for restless legs syndrome (2 evaluations)
Side effects
feeling faint (presyncope) nervousness
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
restless legs syndrome (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Lyrica)
Perceived effectiveness
for restless legs syndrome (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
restless legs syndrome (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Neupro Patch)
Perceived effectiveness
for restless legs syndrome (7 evaluations)
Side effects
insomnia nausea
Total evaluations
7
Tried for
restless legs syndrome (3)
Treatment name(s)

(Horizant)
Perceived effectiveness
for restless legs syndrome (1 evaluation)
Side effects
heartburn
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
restless legs syndrome (2)
Treatment name(s)

(FeraMAX)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
restless legs syndrome (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with restless legs syndrome, who have ever reported treatments, ordered by their reporting frequency during the last 5 years.
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Who has restless legs syndrome on PatientsLikeMe?

  • 5 new patients joined this month
  • 773 say restless legs syndrome (RLS) is their primary condition

Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 6
20s 49
30s 271
40s 629
50s 1084
60s 1089
70+ 547
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 333
20-29 years 287
30-39 years 426
40-49 years 408
50-59 years 198
60-69 years 47
70+ years 13

Distribution of sex

Sex
Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 608
Female 3077

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 1866
Not Diagnosed 269

These charts show data from restless legs syndrome (RLS) patients who have completed their condition history
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