Even though there are millions of people with RLS all around the world, many doctors haven’t had experience treating RLS and as people experience different symptoms, often it is difficult for doctors to even diagnose.

Some people have difficulty describing the problem to their doctor – I know I have in the past.

Your doctor might not be an RLS expert, but it is important they listen to you and take your issues seriously. They should be willing to find out more, so they can make a plan of action with you, or direct you towards another health professional that can help you (if that is what you would like).

They should help you decide whether any clinical tests might be useful. For example, blood tests for vitamin or mineral deficiencies or nerve conduction tests.

 Your doctor should explain any medication options clearly, the benefits and side effects. They shouldn’t pressure you toward taking medication or not taking medication.

As part of your symptoms, it is important to tell your doctor how much sleep you are getting. Even if you feel like you are coping well, our bodies are not designed to go without sleep.  Sleep deprivation can become a big health issue in the short term and long term.

Living with RLS can affect your health mentally, as well as physically. Please talk to your doctor about how you are coping with RLS and the lack of sleep.

I really hope you are supported by your doctor while you tackle RLS.