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Restless legs syndrome

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a poorly understood and often misdiagnosed neurological disorder.

RLS (which is also sometimes referred to as Jimmy Legs, spare legs or "the kicks") may be described as uncontrollable urges to move the limbs in order to stop uncomfortable, painful or odd sensations in the body, most commonly in the legs.

Moving the affected body part eliminates the sensation, providing temporary relief.

The sensations and need to move may return immediately after ceasing movement, or at a later time.

RLS may start at any age, including early childhood, and is a progressive disease for a certain percentage of sufferers, although it has been known for the symptoms to disappear permanently in some sufferers.

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