Patient Comments: Restless Leg Syndrome - Treatments

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

Comment from: Tim, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: July 28

I take 3 mg of ropinirole for restless leg syndrome, which helps a little. Don't laugh but I am putting a bar of soap in my bed at night and it seems to be working.

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Comment from: RLSgetsWorse, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 04

This sounds crazy and it is so simple. Just put a bar or chunk of soap under your sheets by your feet when you go to bed. You can even leave it in the wrapper. I don't know how it works but it does! Doesn't cure restless leg syndrome but does cut down the symptoms drastically. And no need for drugs.

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Comment from: Living with it, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: October 15

I have had this horrible problem for most of my life. I remember being a small child kicking the seats and walking my feet and legs up the windows to get the coolness to settle my legs. I am now 50 years old and currently taking ropinorole. This works but it takes about 45 minutes of suffering for it to finally kick in then I get tired.

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Comment from: AKA, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: June 28

What a journey... I went through a lot already. What helps me is: - no starches (tomatoes, potatoes etc) - no cafeine (although sometimes a short black does help!) - less dairy product - tens machine if symptoms not too bad. - magnesium (liquid spray on skin is best absorbed) - no MSG - deep thumb massage in calves muscles - feet straight up the wall for 20 min. - melatonin 3mg for sleeping - aspirin sometimes - medical marijuana in any form - accupuncture - meditation Good luck to you with these :-)

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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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