Patient Comments: Restless Leg Syndrome - Treatments

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

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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Comment from: Bones, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: May 12

I have restless leg syndrome. Ask your doctor for Tramadol-50mg. One early morning and one in the evening and one as I go to bed. Results are unbelieveable. It takes a short time to get used to them, and you might even skip the earliest one. The 1 in the evening calms your legs so the one at bedtime lasts all night!!!

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Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: May 11

I can't stand it anymore. I have had RLS for years, but now it's worse than ever. I hate going to bed. Nights seem a terrible, endless pain. I find no rest. I wish I could sleep at nights. During the day I am so tired and sleepy when I drive, that I fear falling asleep while driving my kids back from school or to or from their after school activities. My husband is suffering too because if I'm in bed, I'm constantly moving and if I do something else, my noise wakes him up. Exercise, magnesium, circulation medications, muscle relaxers, you name it, I have tried everything and it is worse and worse every day. I am absolutely desperate...

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