Restless Legs - Any suggestions as seen many doctors and medications
Hi, I’m new to Mayo Connect but here goes…I have had RLS (Restless Leg) for about 40 years and it started with just occasional problems to now it’s daily at 66 yrs old. I had an unacceptable reaction to a few different meds like Gabapentin and also other meds used to also treat Parkinson’s and the last one they wanted to try had so many BAD side effects that I said no as I have reactions to many types of prescription medications including over the counter Antihistamines, Aleve etc. I do take extra B-complex, Vitamin D, Magnesium, Potassium, tried Iron etc. I often get leg cramps or ankle and foot cramps and remember my mother having them all the time. It doesn’t seem to make a difference if I exercise or not and mine will start late afternoon or evening. I toss and turn at night and I’ve actually made a hole in my sheets before because of moving my legs/feet so much. Occasionally my arms will also bother me. Heat, support stockings, warm shower or bath can help sometimes, but have noticed what works today will not work tomorrow so it’s what do I want to try tonight as again its rare if I skip a day. Just adding to my leg issues … 8 years ago I had an extreme 3 disc fusion in my lower back that was successful, but I woke up in the hospital with both legs and feet numb, which is common, but mine did not go away. About a year after surgery a neurologist said I had some nerve damage in my legs which might or might not go away, plus ankles very tender. Numbness is now mainly in lower calf (so much better) and feet plus ankle tenderness. Told I had neuropathy probably from the back surgery. I can live with sore/numb but the RLS is bothering and need to find relief. I recently moved to another state and my new doctor (after he touched my ankle and I nearly jumped off the table on him) had me go to a neurologist. With his testing he said I did not have neuropathy and he ordered spine CT which was fine, blood work including for RA etc. and all fine. Anyone, have suggestions? Again, I can live with the numbness, but the restless legs are what bother me. Not only is it uncomfortable/ache for me, but I start bouncing my legs, feet, Stand up/down, walk around and back to tapping my feet etc. so I annoy everyone.