Symptomatology: Case of the Restless Legs

Legs ache? Do they pull, draw, get numb, tingle, prickle or feel as if ants were crawling on or under the skin? Relax, say a group of Mayo Clinic doctors who have studied the problem. There is probably nothing much wrong with the legs, and nothing to be done but submit to the urge to walk it off.

Among 27 such complaints, Mayo's Dr. Colum A. Gorman and his colleagues found that the sensation was often felt deep inside the leg; in nearly all cases, it was between ankle and knee, but in a few it involved the thighs...

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