Thought you guys might appreciate this(!)
Just got back from seeing one of my GPs to discuss my medication. I said I was principally taking Tramadol for relief from RLS. This is when she told me that (a) Tramadol isn't really used for RLS and, you'll love this, (b) the relief you get from Tramadol is largely all in the mind! I told her that couldn't be, as I had no idea it was used for, or provided relief from, RLS before I started taking it but then noticed it did. I also told her I knew people who were being prescribed it for RLS. Well, she was one of those GPs who just dismisses anything you have to say.
I've already told another GP at the practice that I would be interested in finding something else to treat RLS, but I'm most definitely not prepared to stop taking Tramadol until that is happening.
So, you guys out there who've been prescribed Tramadol to treat your RLS, you don't exist, and it's all in your mind anyway!!
It really is exasperating how much ignorance there still is out there - I guess it tends to stay with the sorts of GPs who don't listen to their patients and who arrogantly assume they already know everything.
Needless to say I'm going to make sure I never make an appointment with her again!