I am completely at fault for having lifelong RLS, I am athletic and lived in a mountain environment and enjoyed the simple joy of an extreme hike, which resulted in a back injury...no big deal, right? My Dr put me on oxycontin while I healed so I could work fulltime, be a super mom to 2 kids while husband was overseas. When the pain became tolerable, I got tired of feeling fuzzy everyday and decided to quit taking the Oxy, I just wanted to feel like myself again and had never been on meds for 3 weeks before.. ...Within 18 hours I had so much more than just RLS ---my arms, neck, spine, quads, calves, even wrists were agonizing. I had some serious concerns that it was all in my head but when Dr finally called me back, he assured me I had created my own nitemare by dropping oxycontin cold turkey ...and also dropped the bomb that I could most likely expect it to be my lifetime condition based on family history.
He prescribed methadone, 1/4 of a 5 mg tablet 2x a day, which is the same dose I am still on now, 24 years later: 1.25mgs each morning and evening to be 100% symptom free.
Am I addicted to methadone? Yes. Is the 2.5 mg daily dosage terrible for me and alarming?
Hell no, I am a top producing broker, with grandchildren that I enjoy playing with, able to sleep 6,7 hours a night with no other meds in my life, lift weights and practice yoga daily.
I am comfortable, productive, have a wonderful marriage and no nasty whole body RLS agony in exchange for consuming 2.5 mgs a day of methadone.
It works quite well.