I’ve recently joined this website and wanted to ask if anyone suffers similar symptoms to mine. My RLS has come on so quickly and covers most of my body I wanted to see if others have experienced similar progression of RLS?
I’m a 32 year old male who less than 12 months ago had no symptoms of RLS at all. I considered myself in good health, was really sporty and exercised most days. I always had a well-balanced diet and a really good sleep pattern. No one in my family has RLS, I don’t remember suffering growing pains as a child and have never been on antidepressants.
This time last year my wife and I had just completed a road trip holiday across America over four weeks. I drove for 100’s of miles every day and did loads of hiking in some of the best National Parks and didn’t have any symptoms of RLS. I have never been one of those people who had to get out of the car and stretch my legs, or suffered problems sitting down for long periods of time.
My life has completely changed in less than a year when I first started to notice strange burning, itching, and tingling sensations in my legs. The sensations started in both legs, mainly between my knees and ankles, where my skin would feel hypersensitive. All sensations seem to be exaggerated from touch to temperature. I knew something was wrong straight away and went to the local GP but they put it down to stress because of my job in Sales.
Over the last 10 months the sensations have headed north and are now in my arms, my back, across my chest and stomach. As the sensations got worse I started to get insomnia, so that now I can’t sleep without medication. The sensations in my body are constant and tend to get worse in the afternoon. I also get deep muscle burn in my legs where if I get up quickly its feels as though the muscles in my legs tear. I also suffer fatigue in the afternoons and have headaches most days and am now suffering bouts of depression.
I had real trouble getting my local GPs to take my symptoms seriously so eventually saw a neurologist privately who diagnosed me with RLS.
I have tried many different medications, dietary changes, vitamin supplements, herbal remedies and nothing has improved my situation. I’ve had blood tests to check my Ferritin level, which is higher than average. I’ve also checked and I don’t have diabetes.
I have searched the internet and have read about people with symptoms like mine but they all seem to be suffering some other illnesses and worry this is a precursor to something more serious.
RLS covers so many different symptoms and affects people in so many different ways; it’s hard to know what truly RLS is.
I really would like to know if any one suffers similar symptoms as I do and if they appeared as quickly as they have with me?