You may not need medicines to control your maddening Restless Legs symptoms.
From the first diagnosis of RLS, medications have been the first course of action prescribed by physicians. Exercise or diet changes may be suggested but have not solved the problem.
The medications originally used for RLS were (are) drugs designed for Parkinson's disease and affect the entire nervous system rather than just the area of symptom manifestation. Each medication may work for a given percentage of the sufferers, but the body will eventually resist it (augmentation). The follow-up results in increasing the dosage until you reach a recommended max, then it's on to another drug. The side effects of these drugs can run pages long, and if you read deep enough, often you'll find 'restless legs' on the list. And as each medication only works for some of the sufferers, you may have to endure several different meds to find one that 'works' for you, but only until augmentation begins to lessen the effectiveness.
Because of the limited effectiveness and time limits of medications, we hear a call for more opioids to be made available to the RLS community. Increasing the use of damaging addictive drugs is not the route to a better quality of life. There are other answers.
For over a decade, sufferers with localized symptoms like RLS and PLMD (Periodic Limb Movement Disorder) have found significant to total relief using a simple wearable device that has no side effects, works for nearly 70% of those who have ever tried it, has no augmentation, and becomes more effective the longer it is used. In fact, some have been daily using this effective device for well over a decade and realize continued relief.
When considering the quality of life, being able to experience a restful night of sleep and not having harmful drugs coursing through your system all day long is a big win.
I realize not everyone will benefit the same from anyone therapy. Yet, medically supervised trials and time has indicated the majority of current RLS sufferers will significantly benefit from this wearable device. Even those who don't find the relief they would like can usually reduce their meds considerably.
It's very simple design, which appears to do nothing, uses the body's responses to counteract the maddening symptoms via specific slight surface tactile stimulation. The reaction is likened to a natural neural white noise that cancels or confuses the idiopathic nerve signals that are causing the antsy, restless distressful feelings and disrupting the errant signals that cause movement like kicking at night.
We have found that distressful restlessness in the thighs are also calmed, most likely due to their proximity to the calmed calves, like a sympathetic effect.
Over the past ten years, these results have been observed scores and experienced by hundreds.
Initial skepticism was very great and understandable, but there have been many restful nights since this therapy was introduced to prove otherwise.
Since its introduction, there have been several attempts to emulate what this therapy does, though none have achieved simplicity and cost-effectiveness.
One woman shared, "I have gotten more sleep in the last week than in months!!"
Another says, "I have been using the leg wraps for approximately eight weeks now. I was very skeptical at first, but I am totally convinced. The very first night of using the leg wraps, there was a huge difference. Not only did I wake up feeling more rested, my husband said I had kept my legs still all night long. Amazing!"
So, although medicine is a wonderful option for many problems, it may not be the best answer for controlling our RLS symptoms.
If you are seeking a truly better quality of life, a non-drug solution is a far better alternative to consider.