My name is David I'm 37 years old and I have suffered with RLS for over 20 years and I know only to well that RLS can have a significant and detrimental impact on your life.
To give you some idea of my condition I can only describe it as being severe to the point if I could chop my legs of I would (not really). I have tingling in my legs and feet on a daily basis with it being more severe at night. I would regularly be up pacing the floors most of the night and because of that would be exhausted during the day. If was to get a good nights sleep once a week I would be doing well.
I have been on most medications over the years and have found relief with most of them, but over time have become tolerant to them and have had to either increase the dosage or change to something else. I have taken various pain killers both over the counter and prescription some of which have helped others have had no effect.
I have read all the various forms on the internet and have tried things like changing my diet, lifestyle, dipping my feet in cold, etc. all to no avail.
I one day recently decided to pay and go see a Neurologist Consultant as I was at the end of my tether and was starting to get more concerned that I maybe had more than just RLS. During the consultation the Consultant told me that a study had been carried out for people with Neurological Conditions and it was discovered that their levels of B12 where too low even though a blood test may show that they're at normal levels. Based on that he advised me to take a high dosage vitamin B12 supplement. Now you can get vitamin B12 from things like liver and other animal origins, but for me tablets are easier. I've been taken a high dosage of vitamin B12 now for around 3 months and have been sleeping like a baby. It does take around two weeks to get into your system so you have to be patient. The question for each individual is dosage. I am 6ft 3 and around 16 stone and I need to take around 40,000 mcg a day along with my prescription (Mirapexin 1.05mg prolonged released). I have now reduced my dosage down to 20,000 mcg a day with no negative impact. I do feel it will be a case of trail and error and each individual will be different.
As I take quite a high dosage I purchase Vitamin B12 5000mcg tablets online although I did get some prolonged release 1000ug on prescription. You can also get vitamin B12 at places like Holland and Barrett although they only sell 1000ug tablets.
All that being said it may be worth giving this a try as I am sure like me you are willing to try anything. For some it may work, but for others it may not, I just hope that it will make a difference for everyone.