My Mum is 88 years old and has suffered with RLS for about 12 months now. I suffer with RLS myself, but do only get symptoms that make me have to move my legs - usually when I am really tired. Mum's legs kick out, about every 20 seconds, and the frequency of this varies from day to day. Mum has been taking Ropinorole for about 10 months but she has got worse and her meds have been changed to Pramipexole which don't seem to be having any further effect at all. I have seen a lot of blogs that say that a hot bath is effective but unfortunately I can't get Mum in a bath. Any suggestions for other things that she could do that may relieve these symptoms?? The legs kick and jerk regardless of whether she is sitting, laying or standing so she doesn't even get any relief from walking around any more. I am at the end of my tether with it really, as her carer, as I can't do anything to ease this for her! It must be horrendous for her trying to live with it, she is a very independent woman usually and this is destroying her life and the things that she is able to do for herself. We keep going back to the doctors but onviously her symptoms are such that he just keeps saying we have to try different medications to get this sorted. Her sleep is of very poor quality and most nights I get up and find her sitting on the side of the bed, not being able to lay down and sleep. Any suggestions would be gratefully receved - just want to be able to help her somehow!
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