The main cause of RLS is unknown. Researchers are investigating neurologic (nervous system) problems that may arise either in the spinal cord or the brain. One current theory suggests that a deficiency in a brain chemical called dopamine causes restless legs syndrome.
RLS may often have a genetic basis, particularly in those who develop it before age 40. When the condition occurs in older adults, it is most likely due to a neurological problem.
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