I am new to this board and I am wondering if anyone has a similar RLS experience. Without realizing, I have had RLS for 10+ years. I would kick at night occasionally, get up, get a drink of water and go back to bed without any big problems. It bothered my wife more than it did me. My real RLS problem started immediately after surgery on my back. It was torture; while in bed I kicked like a madman, and walked the neighborhood from 1:00-3:00am. After 2 months, the symptoms subsided some and I learned to control it with the pain med (Lortab 10/500) prescribed after surgery. I assumed these RLS symptoms were related to my back problem, and so did all the back Dr.’s I saw. They were unfamiliar with RLS, even though I described “classic” symptoms to them: extreme discomfort in my legs associated with resting along with a very strong urge to move my legs. They gave me back treatments without success and continued with the Lortab; I was taking 1-2 pills/day in the evening/night. I even wondered if the symptoms were some kind of narcotic withdrawal. After 14 months of taking narcotics, I discovered RLS on my own and noticed that my symptoms were exactly what was described for RLS. Since, I’ve seen other Dr.’s and have tried Sinemet and Mirapex with partial relief; I get total relief with the Lortab. I also recall having a similar experience 12 years ago immediately after surgery on my finger. I remember pacing and kicking like mad, but I did not get “hooked” on the narcotics and the symptoms went away in 2 days. I wonder if the Morphine during surgery and the narcotic afterwards somehow causes the RLS symptoms to worsen, but at the same time provide complete relief. I have decided to try discontinuing the narcotic and suffer with the symptoms, hoping that after a few days my RLS symptoms will return to my “normal” level prior to the surgery. I am taking two weeks off work; last night was my first night – I didn’t sleep a wink. Has anyone experienced similar RLS? found any solutions? tried the “cold-turkey” approach with narcotics? Thanks for any help.