During this period of lock down when it’s difficult to get RLS help & advice from your GP I feel it may be worth while to share my own experience. If it helps one person it will be worth it!
I have been treated with RLS drugs for at least 10 years & have been through most of them including the various Dopamine agonists (& subsequent augmentation)tramadol gabapentin & opioids. I have avoided alcohol & caffeine. I take iron, & have used every sensible self help measure under the sun.
At present I use the patch 2mg prescribed by a neurologist about 4 years ago. I continue to use it in spite of augmentation because for me there is nothing else left. (I have used different combinations etc.. have severe side effects to gabapentin & some others... etc)
Last year I was diagnosed with high BP & Cholesterol. After a torrid time with drugs for BP & their side effects I was eventually stabilised on 2 drugs. I refused statins as I couldn’t face more side effects etc My RLS was already at its worst & then for me a slow miracle happened.
I decided at the age of 67 to start running! I used the Couch to 5K program never having run in my life since school days. I now run for 30 mins or more 3x a week early in the morning. After a few weeks into the program I began to sleep better with less RLS then usual, & gradually it mostly disappeared. I am still using the patch. I am still running. When I stop running due to illness, holiday etc the RLS is back with ALL its intensity, but gradually dissipates as I start running again. (I have also learned to drink more water which helps with both running & probably the RLS too.)
I share this hoping it may be the answer for someone else out there. It’s not a cure but it sure makes the difference between hell and heaven for me! 🌈