Okay I have no idea If this is RLS, but it seems to me it would be. I've been doing this for years, but I thought it stopped for good until my boyfriend brought it up over 2 years ago and still does. Sometimes we get lucky enough to enjoy eachothers company in bed, but he said he doesn't really enjoy it because when I fall asleep my leg goes crazy. It goes up and down, up and down, all through the night. He said several times I've hit the wood with my leg, but never have I woke up with a sore ankle and he thinks that's odd. He said I raise my leg very high and just drop it. He said he thought I was trying to trick him at first, but then he realized he wasn't so lucky. I don't know how often it happens or for how long, but my boyfriend complains often. Is this serious? should I see a doctor?
Your symptoms seem similar to mine, although like most my symptoms also occur when I am awake. I take Requip and I still flail my legs around if I recline in the evening to watch TV and as you described raise them up and let them drop, but my wife says I don't kick her in bed anymore. I think RLS is more of an inconvenience. Requip might solve your night time dilema.
And, when I do kick in bed, I don't wake up either.
I would seek help from a doctor, to get a proper diagnosis. You can ask your doctor for a referral to a sleep specialist, who will perform a sleep study, to diagnose the severity of your RLS, and prescribe the proper medication, if needed.
The sleep study consists of one overnight at a sleep clinic, where they monitor your sleep. It is actually quite interesting, and not bad at all. You arrive late in the evening, you get wired up, and go to sleep. When you awake, you go home. A little weird, but not bad at all.
I have severe RLS, and my hubby now wakes me up. I wish you well!
A definitly agree with writeleft that you should discuss it with your doctor. I'm not sure about the sleep study though; I've discussed my symptoms with three different doctors over the past few years and none saw any value in a sleep study for me. My current doc was pretty insistant that a sleep study could not confirm or deny RLS.