I have suffered from RLS since I was a child. I always used to explain to my mum how I couldn't sleep because my legs were feeling weird. She told me they were growing pains and that they would go in time.
Unfortunately, my RLS has never gone, and I am now 22. I stopped growing at 18, lol.
I have never found the feeling to involve pain, but rather a tingling crawling sensation starting from my foot all the way to my thigh. It often varies depending what leg it is, but mine is often my right leg. Sometimes I get both legs, and even a minor feeling in my arm. But it varies in severity night by night. Sometimes I can go to sleep without even thinking or feeling about it/ and other nights it can keep me up until literally 6am.
Sometimes it feels like my leg is bubbling. It's weird, because sometimes I get the RLS symptoms, but it doesn't actually impact my sleep. This is usually when I am so tired not even my RLS can prevent me from dozing off.
I have noticed though, being a male, that you can SIGNIFICANTLY reduce RLS symptoms by orgasming. This has been proven to be extremely affective for men and women in a wide variety of studies. It works for me 50% of the time.
I am not sure if this is the same with any body else though, but I feel that my thoughts/mindset is the biggest burden with my RLS. I find myself -predicting- RLS symptoms before I go to sleep, and dreading not being able to doze off. This in turn makes it significantly likely that I will get the symptoms because I have kind of triggered them off already!
Other times, if I am so pre-occupied with something else, I don't get any RLS symptoms. This is why I very much think my RLS correlates a lot with stress levels.
Lastly, over the past two months my RLS has gotten significantly worse as a result of being on anti-depressants. The combination of Citalopram and RLS can make the situation worse, and for me, that has been the case. The symptoms have not been any more severe, it's just almost every night! Again though, I am not sure whether this is because I am thinking about it or not.
I hope everybody suffering with RLS doesn't have too much trouble sleeping. And hopefully your daytime life makes up for the stress in the evenings.