Hello everyone. I've been a reader but this is my first post. I am a 74 male retired from semi sedentary occupation. I have had restless legs since my early twenties after a 'touch football' accident in Central Park in the late sixties.
I have been through a great deal of different medications - prescribed and over the counter in these fifty years of torment. From the wonderful OTC "Q-Vel" amino tablets now banned in the US, to Parkingson's Disease prescribed drugs to Ivory Soap under my sheet to Ropinirole, Trazadone, and now Pregabalin. This is to say nothing about knee bends and 'cycling' in bed!
I have stopped taking Ropinirole (2MG twice daily) since I have gotten very nauseous in the past couple of years. It was prescribed as a daytime dosage with Pregabalin at night. My drug regimen has not changed so maybe it's something from long consistent use. I have taken two doses maybe three times in the past three months and bad reactions each. I now take Pregabalin (75MG once daily) at night. It may or may not help a lot (been taking it for three years) but always, every night, with the RLS onset, I must slather my legs and my lower back with a topical OTC product like Icey Hot or such. The combination of drug and product seems to help a bit - but certainly not every night. Please forgive the lengthy preface,but some backround i thought would be helpful. (BTW, this forum's contributors are consistently caring, highly knowledgeable and generous in their contributions.)
I have now been using KT Athletic tape stretched and applied to my legs (hip, back of thigh and all down my calf and lower back.) I apply to the areas that are acting up only, so if one leg is ok I do not of course tape it. I have used the KT tape intermittently now for seven months with complete, consistent positive results. Complete. I often do this with a dose of Pregabalin and if very violent, also a bit of the topical medication like Icy Hot.
I do not know if this KT tape has been suggested before on this forum, and if so, fantastic. Use my thoughts as an enthusiastic endorsement by a fifty year sufferer. And if not, I encourage my fellow sufferers to consider this method and God willing it works for you too. Thank you for reading this and good luck!