No worries. Like with MS, Parkinson's proceeds through stages from what my mom's neuro told me, but the stages are different from MS stages. The earlier the intervention, the better response to meds and long term quality of life. My mom took vitamins and food supplements long before they became fashionable. I was raised on them. But these did nothing to help nor hinder her Parkinson's. I have found only two other relatives in her family tree out of 29,000 people (so far). None of the relatives was close in blood and one was related by marriage. As far as my MS goes, I am the only one with MS- so far.
The most effective herbal treatment was from Europe, but I cannot remember what it was. It was a regiment used in Europe for RLS. Eventually her RLS became better controlled with her increased dopamine. Again, you would have to speak to a doctor. As far as I know, maintaining her calcium levels was Mom's greatest need, but her neuro never discussed a vitamin/supplement connection with RLS.
Off hand I think she had had RLS for well over 25 years. She was on her feet most of the time and was tired and slept quickly. As she got older and spent less time on her feet, I think that is when it became most noticeable.
Parkinson's, like MS, is not fatal, but it can cause falls and accidents which can be fatal. This is the same with MS. She gave up her driver's license about 10 years ago because she felt she was a danger to others. I think that from what I learned from her doctor was that early intervention led to the best quality of life available without a cure.
if you were to be diagnosed with Parkinson's, they are well organized for treatments and assistance and the patients have a great association with much information. I used their information when my mom was in the hospital regarding the effects of certain meds on Parkinson's patients.
Again, do I think you have Parkinson's- NO. But due to the limitations of your insurance, you will probably be better off starting there because your RLS is quite real. RLS can simply be RLS or it can be something else or lead to something else. There are patient's in their 20's with Parkinson's, but they are still productive members of our society.
Lay aside your fears and be of good courage. If the Parkinson's specialist sees nothing of which to be concerned, then you can be comfortable in knowing that you have done all you can. The Parkinson's specialist might, however, send you to another specialist if something points in that direction.
At this time, your RLS is bothersome and quite annoying on its own to worry about other things. Take one day at a time and you will get the answers for which you seek. Please remember that there are many who may share the same experiences and you are not alone. RLS sufferers are not small in number! AND RLS is not something "in your head" or "made-up". It is legitimate, it is real, and it does not go away.
I would certainly encourage you to read the RLS and Parkinson's threads to see if you can more closely match your concerns and hopefully find better advice!
Could you have MS? Sure, but you could also be experiencing 1:300 other problems. You certainly deserve to know and get a complete diagnosis.