Although Restless Legs Syndrome (Willis-Ekbom disease) has become commonly recognized over the past decade, there is still a need for greater awareness.
So, if you think you have RLS, make sure you're prepared for the conversation with your doctor. No one knows how you're feeling better than you do. Stand up for yourself and your health. RLS is a real condition that deserves attention. So do your best to clearly describe your symptoms to your doctor. Knowing the four key criteria for diagnosing RLS will help. Many people with RLS also have other medical conditions; it's important to tell your doctor if you think you might be suffering from RLS, too.
Your doctor depends on you for accurate information on your condition and how it affects your day-to-day life. This interactive tool can help you prepare for your next doctor's appointment by capturing key information from this website so you can discuss any questions and concerns with your doctor.Build better conversations
Find a doctor
As you know, it's important to find the right doctor. If your primary care physician (PCP) knows about RLS, he or she can provide you with the appropriate care. However, you may want to see a specialist, like a neurologist or a sleep medicine specialist. You can talk to your PCP about recommending one. Or you can find one at RLS.org. If you feel like your physician doesn't understand your RLS, it may be time for a second opinion.
RLS expert, Philip M. Becker, MD, talks about starting the conversation with your doctor
Dr. Becker is Medical Director of Sleep Medicine Associates of Texas.
Dr. Becker is a paid consultant of UCB, Inc., manufacturer of NEUPRO® (rotigotine transdermal system).