Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)

Question:

What was the treatment for your restless leg syndrome? Submit Your Comment

Comment from: Corinne, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: February 14

I have suffered with restless leg syndrome since grade school; nervous restless aching in my calves. No pain pills or cream help. I’ve used a heating pad lying down with my calves on it, but now found that Klonopin, an anti-anxiety drug works best as I see it as anxiety in my calves, and no pain pills or rubs faze it. Also a heating pad lying down with my calves on it.

Comment from: Dale L, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: July 10

My restless leg syndrome (RLS) was not small twitches, but full, powerful kicks that would have made a footballer proud. My husband moved to the spare bedroom. I was at my wits’ end having tried many home cures. Lack of sleep over long periods has profound effects, all bad. My doctor prescribed pramipexole dihydrochloride monohydrate. I took a small dose, one tablet 0.125 mg at night before bed. Magic! No more RLS! Take note; I was told that this medication, over time can cause the RLS to return, worse than before.

Comment from: Flying Nun, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: August 07

I have suffered with restless leg syndrome (RLS) off and on since childhood. Symptoms have become progressively worse. I have been on all the medicines which work for a while, then stop. I found a neurologist who is a specialist in treating RLS. Now I am on Iron supplementation and am symptom free for nearly 2 months. Even though my lab values were normal, I require more iron; not the same for everyone; needs to be monitored closely.

Comment from: dots, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 14

I am 55 years old and was diagnosed with severe restless leg syndrome some 20 years ago. I was disbelieved by my GP and insisted on a referral to neurologist after 6 weeks with 18 hours sleep only. It is a very debilitating "disease" and I get so frustrated, exhausted and tired that I would sit and punch my legs to try and stop the continual movements. Trust me I have even considered a chainsaw to cut the legs off. I have tried all natural medicines; my gp has given me heavy sleeping tablets, permax, then sifrol. I was then given sifrol slow release and increases dose by my GP without him seeing me and without being told I could not drive on this medication. I then had a motor vehicle accident, which could have cost others and my life. I have recently seen a neurologist again and he has prescribed me with sinimet. I have not had sleep in 3 nights and feel like I will go crazy. This condition is now affecting my arms and hands.

Comment from: Nahid, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 10

The best treatment for me was Gabapentin 300mg two tablets every night at 6/7 pm.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 15

I take Oxycontin 5 mg at bed time, if I even close my eyes for sleep my legs start running. I cry because it is so annoying and exhausting. Now since pain medication is taken at bed time, I sleep and my legs are very still and calm.

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