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.

How do members experience restless legs syndrome?

Top 5 symptoms reported by people with restless legs syndrome*

*Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, fatigue, pain, and stress) regardless of condition.

Top treatments taken by people for restless legs syndrome*

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

Compare treatments taken by people with restless legs syndrome*

Treatment
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment

(Requip)
Perceived effectiveness
for restless legs syndrome (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
restless legs syndrome (14)
Treatment

(Mirapex)
Perceived effectiveness
for restless legs syndrome (13 evaluations)
Side effects
compulsive shopping or spending weight gain
Total evaluations
13
Tried for
restless legs syndrome (10)
Treatment

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

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

(Neupro Patch)
Perceived effectiveness
for restless legs syndrome (4 evaluations)
Side effects
Total evaluations
4
Tried for
restless legs syndrome (3)

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

Who has restless legs syndrome on PatientsLikeMe?

Age

Age Proportion # of patients
<20 7
20s 49
30s 253
40s 594
50s 1,115
60s 1,147
70+ 706

Distribution of sex

Sex

Sex Proportion # of patients
Male 648
Female 3,204