I've had RLS my entire life and was probably born with the condition as I certainly had it as a baby. However, I only realised that it was RLS a few years ago, and so have suffered undiagnosed for over 40 years. It's such a relief to know that I wasn't crazy and those "feelings" in my legs were caused by something outside of my control. Thankfully as I've got older I'm not plagued by it as often as I was throughout my childhood and I have various techniques I've had to learn to deal with the sensations, including thumping my thighs at times! Must admit, being a sufferer of RLS for 50 years now I could have told the doctors it was stress-related!! Shame no-one's doing any research into RLS as I feel that my experiences could really help - leastways for my version of RLS anyway. Hope to hear from you and finally start talking to people who know what I've been going through all my life. Thanks.