I’m 57, male, and a long time sufferer of RLS. I suspect it runs in the family as my grandmother, and my mother also were sufferers. I’ve been suffering for probably the last 20 years or so.
In my case I have found a source of relief. It’s not a cure as such, but it certainly gets rid of it which I’ll take any day of the week! And I’m sharing just Incase it works for anyone else.
The solution came to me after I had a heart attack about 3 years ago. I survived (obvs), and am now on the standard post heart attack medications that thousands of people are on, but I was one of the unlucky ones who had a bucket load of side effects too.
One of the side effects was I now get hugely dehydrated particularly when I drink alcohol. So if I go out and drink 3 pints of beer, i’ll Have to drink 3 or 4 pints of water throughout the night as I’m so dry.
But here’s the thing. I also noticed that when I was dehydrated, my restless legs kicked off as well. And when I rehydrated, the leg thing stopped!
Anyway, my side effects from my meds have gone now, so alcohol doesn’t have such a dehydrating effect, but if I ever get restless legs, if I drink at least 1 pint of water, or preferably 1.5 pints, within 30 minutes the RLS has gone!
I don’t know if this will work for anyone else, but I know from my own experience I would have tried anything to get relief. And this one is so cheap and simple. Pure water. 1.5 pints, if you can manage it. And the only downside is you will need to get up in the night to go to the loo quite probably, although I’ve even managed to get my quantities right now so I don’t always have to do that.
Anyway, I hope this helps and best of luck to all you fellow sufferers out there.