How is Restless Legs Syndrome diagnosed?

Since there is no specific test for RLS, the condition is diagnosed by a doctor’s evaluation.  The five basic criteria for clinically diagnosing the disorder are:


1. A strong and often overwhelming need or urge to move the legs that is often associated with abnormal, unpleasant, or uncomfortable sensations.

2. The urge to move the legs starts or get worse during rest or inactivity.

3. The urge to move the legs is at least temporarily and partially or totally relieved by movements.

4. The urge to move the legs starts or is aggravated in the evening or night.

5. The above four features are not due to any other medical or behavioural condition.


This criteria is from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, USA (Sept 2020)