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What is restless leg syndrome?

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According to Mayo Clinic, restless leg syndrome is a condition that make legs feel highly uncomfortable, making affected people want to get up and move around, which only temporarily relieves the feeling of restlessness in the legs. RLS can start at any age.

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According to WebMD, RLS may affect up to 10 percent of the U.S. population as of 2014. Women are affected by RLS more often than men. Doctors do not know what causes RLS in most cases, but genes are thought to be an influence. Approximately half of the people diagnosed with RLS have a family member with the condition. Some treatments for the condition include having regular sleeping patterns, establishing a consistent exercise regimen, leg massages and hot baths. Medications may be helpful for RLS, but the same drug does not work for everyone.

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