(Edit: My original symptoms are not typical RLS, but some nights it triggers RLS).
I have been suffering from intermittent RLS for many years (typically in the form of cramping). These past two weeks, however, it has been non stop, every night. I saw my doctor last week and after blood tests they said I might have anemia and to take iron supplements. I have been on the iron supplaments for a week, but they say it takes up to four weeks to relieve symptoms.
I tried taking ibuprofen to help with the pains, but it seems to have no affect. I read a useful Harvard article that said patients can be prescribed with something else along with iron to manage the pain and RLS symptoms durring the four weeks, but I unfortunately was not provided with this.
The sudden twitching and cramping at night is causing sleep deprivation, pain, anxiety, depression, and fear. The worst part is that there is no guarantee that this is caused by iron. (I've also been referred to see a neurologist, but not until a week from now).
My biggest issue is that there is no current cure for the surprise attack pain, and thusly I have become terrified of it. Every time I get a pang or twitch, I find my heart and mind racing and tears come to my eyes.
Does anyone have any helpful tips with dealing with the fear of not knowing when the pain will hit and the feeling of despair?
Edit: Just wanted to put my initial blood results on iron and b12 here in case it was helpful or relevant. There was more included but the doctor specifically mentioned those two results as potential trigger issues.
"I was put on iron supplaments because my iron didnt seem very low at all. It was 33 ug/dL and the normal range given was 37 to 158. The folate test results are hard for me to read but it says that my folate is >20 ng/mL and the typical is >4.7.
I was put on b12 because I was at the lower end of the normal range (256 pg/mL which is between 232 and 1,245)."