I am new here. I have been experiencing RLS since age 10! At that time it didn't have a name and I would complain to my parents about my jumping leg! I first had it in hospital, following the removal of my tonsils. I can remember one of the nurses rubbing my leg to see whether that helped.
Now aged 64, I have suffered from it periodically over the years. Usually in bed, but often in places where you are required to keep still, like the theatre, the cinema, or even sitting on a sofa with others. Obviously a psychological link there!
I can go for long periods with no problems, then suddenly I will get it every night, often in both legs and sometimes both arms too.
So far I have managed without medication, but as I am going through a bad patch at the moment I have been to see my GP who is going to investigate my iron levels and also test for celiac disease with some blood tests.
In the meantime, when RLS wakes me in the night, I either massage my leg, put a hot water bottle on it, get out of bed and have a warm bath, or do the ironing for an hour!
I have also tried wearing copper bracelets.
Does anyone have any other suggestions?