What can I do about painful restless leg syndrome?

I've had restless leg syndrome for years, and it's gotten progressively worse. I didn't always worry about it, but lately it's been feeling painful. I don't want to to get any worse than this, and I'm afraid it will. What can I do about painful restless leg syndrome? What can I do to keep my restless leg syndrome from getting worse?

Doctors Answers (2)

SomnoDiagnostics, Inc.
Answered on: 3/25/2014

You should see a sleep physician, confirm your diagnosis, possibly have a little blood work, and start a treatment regimen.

Robert C. Jones, M.D.
Answered on: 2/27/2014

You need to see a board-certified sleep doctor! The answer may be as simple as iron tablets if your serum ferritin is below 50 percent. Treatment with a dopamine agonist, with or without gabapentin, may be be necessary otherwise. It is also important to be sure that you don"t have a peripheral neuropathy that is the cause of your painful legs.