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Guide to Restless Legs Syndrome


Updated May 22, 2014

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Part 10 of 10 - What Is the Prognosis for People With Restless Legs Syndrome?

Prognosis for People With Restless Legs Syndrome

Restless legs syndrome is generally a lifelong condition for which there is no cure.

Restless legs syndrome symptoms may gradually worsen with age though more slowly for those with the idiopathic form of restless legs sydrome than for patients who also suffer from an associated medical condition. Nevertheless, current therapies can:

  • control the disorder
  • minimize restless legs syndrome symptoms
  • increase periods of restful sleep


In addition, some patients have remissions, periods in which symptoms decrease or disappear for days, weeks, or months, although symptoms usually eventually reappear.

A diagnosis of restless legs syndrome does not indicate the onset of another neurological disease.

Source: NIH Publication No. 01-4847 (edited)

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