I'm new here and wanted to tell what's happened to me through the years with rls. I started having rls when I was pregnant with my second child in 1984, I was told it's an old person problem not a young person. So I suffered with it, as it generally increased, for over 28 years before a doctor listened to me. I was sent to a Neurologist who diagnosed it and said it was hereditary. He actually told me to stopped working and go on disability. I've researched rls and found one common denominator, my mother was an alcoholic and drank when she was pregnant with all 3 of us. We all have the syndrome. My older sister has to go to sleep to get rid of hers and my younger brother and I have it consistently during the day and night. I've been on all meds for this and the only one that works, sort of, is ropinirole, all others made me feel drunk all day and I couldn't drive. The ropinirole works to some extent but makes me nauseous during the night so I'm up vomiting in the middle of the night, then I can sleep so soundly I hear nothing not even my alarm. I started with 1mg and I'm on 4-1/2 mg now, as I go up on mgs my nausea gets worse. And it doesn't always work to sleep either. I take it 1/2 hr before I go to bed, it makes me tired enough to want to sleep but when I do sleep i'm up within 45 minutes because my legs are jumping. So I get up for 2 hours or so, move around the house and then finally I can go back to sleep. My poor children lived all their lives with a mother who couldn't function, I was always late to work, and never had any energy. If this isn't a disability I don't know what is. If you can't sleep you can't work. It's as simple as that.