I only recently found this website. I first had RLS 50 years ago when I was pregnant. Over the years I read about RLS in many newspaper and magazine articles but it was only when Mirapexin became available on the NHS that I approached my GP. No medical diagnosis was offered but I was prescribed Mirapexin regularly, starting with one 0.18 mg at bedtime, now increased to 2 tablets per day. My g.p., who's keen on complementary medicine, advised using Vervain flower remedy, also magnets, but neither worked. He believes RLS is affected by static eletricity in the air from all the gadgets around us, such as hands-free phones, electric blankets, electric clocks near the bed. It's difficult to eliminate these. I have also tried acupuncture, but the acupuncturist had no experience of RLS and it didn't work). RLS has got worse as I've got older, sometimes starting in the afternoon. I discovered aspirin helped with this and now have 300mg enteric coated aspirins on my repeat prescriptions. Someone has also recommended a mineral supplement of combined magnesium and zinc (not yet tried). I find it's worse when I'm tired in the evening and too hot in bed. I use TLG gel available from Wholesale Nutrition to cool and calm my legs, which sometimes has a temporary effect allowing me to get to sleep.
I'm going on holiday to Australia in the autumn and am wondering how best to deal with RLS on the long flight and how to deal with time differences. RLS usually comes on at 8 in the evening. I take one dose around 7 pm as I find it takes an hour to take effect, with relief lasting for approximately 5 hours, and then I take the second dose. I suffer from insomnia which is one of the side effects of the drug. Overall I find Mirapexin the best way of dealing with RLS although I'm usually falling asleep by 9.30 pm. and then awake during the night. I have never seen a neurologist.