I am only 23 years old and have been dealing with RLS for 10+ years. I just recently decided to seek medical treatment for the condition. First I saw my primary care doctor, with whom I tried Ropinirole and Pramipexole, both of which have me bad side effects. They referred me to a neurologist, who tried Gabapentin and Neupro patch, which both gave me bad side effects again. The neurologist was cold, rude, didn't seem caring, and didn't listen to a word I had to say, so I decided to move on and try a different route - a sleep medicine practice. They were so booked they couldn't get me in for months, but when I finally went, they spent an entire 1.5 hours with me. They listened to everything I had to say, were very caring, and knew what I was talking about (I later found out the doctor is an expert in RLS - in fact, I he is 1 of only 2 RLS experts in North Texas). Anyway, we tried Klonopin first, which worked fine to put me to sleep, but the next day I would feel so out of it and my motor skills were so messed up that I couldn't even form sentences (even the nurse, who I called about side effects 2 weeks into treatment, said I sounded drunk on the phone). They prescribed 5mg hydrocodone instead, and it is working wonders with no side effects!! I am so ecstatic to finally have the relief I've been desperate to find for over a decade. I just wanted to share my happiness with you all
PS: if your neurologist isn't helping, I suggest seeing a sleep specialist instead. Try to find one who specializes in RLS!