I have been Restless Legs Syndrome for a long time. I have been controlling it with Pramipexole or Mirapex .25 for many years. About a year and a half ago I took a pretty nasty fall and tore my meniscus in 2 places. One min. I was walking, the next I landed square on both knees on the concrete. I was carrying 2 cans of paint at the time so I could not get my hands out to break my fall. I could feel my spine hit the back of my neck and I had a head ache and my jaw hurt for days afterward. The doc I went to told me that I tore my meniscus in 2 places (after I had an MRI) and if I could stay off my knee for a couple of months it should heal. Well, after a couple of months it was much worse. I went back to him and showed him that I was limping much worse than before and he said it was my back that was the problem now. So I went to the back doc even thought I knew it was still my knee but my back hurt too, so I went. All this time, the RLS had been getting worse and I was taking 2 pills a night instead of one. That worked for a while.
The back doc took some x-rays and said I have arthritis throughout my whole spine and a couple of bulging discs. So he gave me some shots of cortisone in my spine and it was better for a while but I was still limping.
About 6 months later, I went back to the back doc and he said it is still the knee doc and I should go back to him.
So I went to a new ortho doc and he said that I should have had surgery a year ago on that knee. And that it would never heal on it's own. And now, from limping so badly for a year, I have arthritis, bursitis and ITB Syndrome in my right hip. Since I had the surgery I have been taking Mirapex .5 mg. that worked ok for a couple of months. Now, I am getting the "all over the body" RLS. I can't lay still in the bed on some nights and it's driving me crazy!
I have never tried any other drug and I am wondering if there is something else that might work better.
Any idea's would be very much appreciated.
Sorry for such a long introduction, I am new here.