For the past several month's I have been reading the posting's on this web page and decided it was time to share my experience with RLS. I apologize if this posting is to lengthy, but I wanted to give a little background regarding my RLS. I'm a 38 year old male who has had problems with RLS as far back as my teenage years. My mom would refer to it as "jumpy legs". Back then the simple solution was to stand up and move my legs, and it would go away.
About a year and half ago I noticed the RLS had worsened to the point that I would lay awake in bed at night unable to sleep because I had to constantly move my legs. I made an appointment with my Dr. and he referred me to a sleep center in Salt Lake City, were they determined that I had sleep apnea, but tests also showed I had allot of leg kicks in the middle of the night. The DR's. at the sleep center were not concerned about the leg kicks, but after treating the sleep apnea and still not feeling like I was sleeping well, I spoke to my sleep center Dr. and he prescribed Sinemet to treat my RLS.
I did have allot of success with the Sinemet, but I found I was unable to skip even one night before my "jumpy legs" would come back.
About a year and a half ago my wife was introduced to an herbal company to try and help my oldest son who has ADHD. After talking with an herbalist that works for the company he suggested I try a product called "Joint Relief". I have to say that for me these herbs work.
It took a couple of weeks for my body to assimilate these herbs, but now that I have been taking these for the past couple of months, I no longer get the "jumpy legs" sensations. I no longer worry before going to bed that I'm going to have "jumpy legs". I even went off the herbs for a couple of weeks to see if the "jumpy legs" would come back, and sure enough they did. All this while being off the Sinemet.
I don't know how my RLS compares with others, I know for some the Sinemet didn't work, but for me it did. I'm not saying these herbs are a cure all, but for those of us who have suffered with RLS and found little or no relief I don't believe it can hurt.
Thanks, David Albin