LOL Well, it was live with it.....that was the only choice I had. Bless my grandmother, she's got a severe form of RLS as well, No medications, and is 88 yrs. old. She's a tough gal.
I was raised holsitcally, we didn't go to doctors much. Even 40 years ago, my family dealt with health issues with vitamins, supplements, and herbs. I was allergic to most milk products of any kind from birth, never agreed with me. It was hard to find back then, but my Mom found soymilk for my bottles. So, from the begining they found alternative medicines for me. I just was born with a mean form of RLS and that was life. It becomes a normal way to live. Uncomfortable and in pain.
My Mom did try to seek medical attention several times for me, but they always said the same thing, "she'll grow out of it." I just simply stopped talking about it. Until about 5-6 years ago, I didn't know it had a name. I assumed that I was an odd duck and for whatever reason this was going to be my life. 9 or 10 years ago, now I broke my leg and ankle, I've never been pain free since. I never slept for longer than 1-2 hours at a time. Moved constantly. I went to several doctors in a 2 year period, trying to get answers. Nothing, it was all in my head. Injuries to my arms, back, or legs seemed to take forever to go away. Or would reinjury easily. Didn't really make sense to me. Then about 2 a.m. one night, 2 years into my own research, I found a medical report that explained everything. I cried like a baby, I was not crazy. I was not alone. I could try to get help.
HA! That was seemingly harder than I thought. I talked again to my GP and my OBGYN everytime I was in their office. Mind boggling, at best, to their reactions. My GP is a wonderful doctor and tried to help, but didn't know much about it. My OBGYN wrote in my chart Severe PMS and left it at that. Told me Midol might help. UUUfffffaaaaaaaaa! I continued to reseach and found a sleep Doc. that knew about it, and how to treat it. After 2 going on 3 years I finally have a treatment that works.
To be honest going to the doctor is one of the hardest things I do. Being raised to fix things naturally, medications are frown upon in my family. I just couldn't do it on my own anymore.
Cal/ Mag was a huge issue for me, I take large doses, but safely, in a liquid form. Took pill forms as soon as I could swallow pills as a kid. Mom has always cooked in iron skillets to increase our iron and even made me eat liver,
All this without knowing that she was helping my growing pains. I've been on mutli vitamins and extra supplements all my life. It's just not enough, I so wish it were. It all came down to Quality of Life......I have some now and it's good. I hate taking medications, it's a struggle in some ways for me. The alternative was that sleep deprivation was allowing my body and mind to eat itself slowly. Quality of Life was rough for myself and my family. I really did not expect that I could live to 50 that way. I now have some hope.