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7 Surprising Treatments for Restless Legs

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If you’re having trouble sleeping because of a tingling, crawling feeling that gives you an irresistible urge to move your legs, this study may be interesting for you.

At CureTogether, 1,292 people have joined our Restless Legs Syndrome study so far, contributing 1048 data points on treatments that worked and didn’t work for them. Here are the latest results.

So what works best for patients with Restless Legs Syndrome? Standing up and walking around, Mirapex, Clonazepam, Neurontin, Requip, and Potassium supplements take top spots in patient reports.

To navigate the graph above:

The top right quadrant shows the most popular and effective treatments, and the top left quadrant shows treatments that not many people have tried but that have above-average effectiveness, so they may be options to think about (e.g. Mirapex, Clonazepam, alternating warm and cool packs).

Treatments in the lower right quadrant are ones that lots of people have tried but that have below-average effectiveness (e.g. relaxation, Ibuprofen), and treatments in the lower left quadrant are reported as neither popular nor effective, so you may want to consider this when choosing a treatment (e.g. alcohol, Quinine).

Where did this data come from? CureTogether members have been anonymously sharing symptoms and treatments for three years now. We analyzed and visualized the data into infographic form to make it more accessible. To thank everyone for their contributions, we’re releasing this result back to the community for free.

This is part of our regular series of research findings. Of course, with each of these findings, there is a potential bias in patient self-selection and recall. Every research study has some bias, so we present these findings as just what they are – patient-reported data – to stimulate discussion and generate new insights for further research. Stay tuned for more and please let us know in the comments below if this was helpful or interesting for you.

Please tweet, blog, or pass this along to anyone who can benefit or is interested in Restless Legs Syndrome. Thank you!


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5 Responses to “7 Surprising Treatments for Restless Legs”

  1. As strange as this may seem laughing and a banana work for me. Every night I eat my fruit while watching a rerun of comedy show which has always left me laughing. If a show leaves me belly laughing I am pain free all night.
    This may not work for everyone, but it does for me.

  2. Just a note regarding your ‘Restless Leg’ cures; I found that eating regular yogurt on an almost daily basis (the little cups you can buy) were the cause of my (severe) restless leg problems. I tested the theory a number of times – if I went back to eating yogurt, the restless legs would start up after about two weeks. It also takes about two weeks after stopping yogurt for my legs to settle down. I’m now trying organic yogurt – so far, OK.

  3. I no longer have RLS, since using helminthic therapy.

  4. Anyone ever have their calcium levels checked in regard to RLS?

  5. I swear bananas help my RLS too. But Requip (Ropinerole -generic) is a most reliable aid for me. I used to have to walk several times a night to calm my legs down, but now I just take a pill before bed and sleep well.

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