Patient Comments: Restless Leg Syndrome - Treatments

What method did you find most effective in treating your restless leg syndrome?

Comment from: brenda, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 29

I am 50 years old. I have suffered with restless leg syndrome for as long as I remember. I think I had some of the symptoms when I was a child. My grandmother called it "growing pains." Recently I saw my doctor for this condition. I'm now on the generic for Mirapex (pramipexole). I feel like it is working, as I haven't even been awakened as usual, shortly after falling asleep. I was getting symptoms more days in a week than not. The other medications I've tried to treat restless leg syndrome haven't helped. I was on these medications for other purposes. I really am starting to have faith that this medication will help me, so I may have more restful sleep during the night.

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Comment from: Jenny, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: June 09

After going through many expensive and strong drugs I finally found that Tramadol (Ultram) works best for me. Luckily Tramadol works, has no side effects and is on the $4.00 list at pharmacies.

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Comment from: 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: April 05

I have had RLS for about three years now and the only drug worked for me was Vicodin!

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Comment from: badmrsphillips, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: March 09

I've had restless leg syndrome ever since I was a little girl and I'm 34 now. It runs in our family and it's always been kind of a joke, even when it's painful. It's just something we all live with. When I was newly married years ago I was nervous about what my new husband would think of my sleeping habits, since I shake the bed often with my over active legs. I learned to tighten my muscles and release them slowly and eventually I would just shook my toes. I occasionally still shake, but I catch myself and tighten and release. It helps relax me also so I fall alseep faster.

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Comment from: sharon, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 30

I have had RLS for 40 years. I have tried Percocet and other drugs the only one that works for me is Requip. But over the years I'm up to 5 pills a day. It is so bad sometimes I feel like stabbing my legs. I cannot function anymore I'm at the end of my rope. It is so much worse than pain. I don't know what to do.

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Comment from: Dublin, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 20

Sleep is the only cure for my restless leg syndrome. I get it in the evening while sitting watching television and the only thing I can do to get rid of it is put my legs up and sleep on the couch or go to bed. I have this condition since my early twenties. I only get it when I'm really, really tired. Both my mother and aunt suffer with the same problem.

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Comment from: Claire, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: June 15

I think I may have RLS for the past 8 months when I go to sleep my legs start to twitch hurt and seems so heavy it keeps me awake. I can't seem to be able to do anything relieve it, it a heavy sensation in legs now it's starting in my arms to where it affects my sleeping I am so tired it's not even funny. I have low iron hypothyroidism and I am over weight by 50 pounds am also stressed with situations going on in my private life right now could this be the cause on my legs wanting to jump all over the place at night and keep me awake I have tried everything am at my wits end.

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Comment from: Sleepless in Indiana, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: June 01

I have used almost all of the drugs prescribed for this. Right now the only thing that seems to help is Percocet. I do have a prescription for Sinemet also, but sometimes it just doesn't work. I also have a TENS unit that does help if the symptoms are not too bad. A neurologist I used to see always prescribe me two different drugs one was used as a backup if the first didn't help. Also, she told me that my meds would probably need to be rotated since after awhile they just didn't help anymore.

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