I've totally gotten rid of mine. If I'd read Dr. Hulda Clark 's book thru again sooner, I'd have been done with them years ago! I use EFT--an amazing tool, works miracles usually.
I kept trying to tap away these painful and very unpleasant sensations that were keeping me awake half the night, but nothing seemed to help (indicator I'm not tapping for the right thing---not that EFT was failing). Finally I ran out of ideas and gave up. Although I detest pharmaceuticals, started on tramadol. Blah. It worked and I finally got back to being able to go to and have some decent sleep.
So I just bit the bullet and endured the drug. Yeah, although it's a pseudo-opoid, it is still addictive. But I can't see any serious addict wanting to abuse it. It takes about an hour to kick in, and then it's only like a warm fuzzy sleeping bag, lulling you to sleep---that's hardly any escape at all! Most of them want a much quicker fix than that, I think.
I realized after a while, my discomfort with another issue I was having which the tramadol borderline helped, wasn't what was making me uncomfortable--it was me wanting to take the tramadol! I was kinda stunned---me jonesn for a fix?? Really??
I had to wean myself back---anxious and uncomfortable until finally it went away---I was able to get the relief, I found with only a 1/4 tab after I started using medical marijuana for some muscle spasms. So the addictive quality hasn't reared it's ugly head again.
But about a month ago, I was browsing Dr. Clark's book for the first time in years, and ran across her addressing this syndrome which I'd skimmed over years ago but forgotten since it wasn't an issue at that time.
She found that the restless leg syndrome was actually caused by cadmium build up in the legs (which apparently cigarettes contain as well as old metal pipes, so it also got called smokers leg).
She found the pain was caused by the blood vessels spasming because of that toxicity. I almost smacked my forehead---it was right there the whole time. Frankly, although I knew about muscle, tendon and nerve spasms (tapped for all of them along the way), it never occurred to me blood vessels could spasm. But I guess there's no reason they wouldn't.
That night, I didn't take the tramadol and tapped insteadfor blood vessel spasms as the pain started up, and within a minute the pain was gone. Another miraculous EFT cure, albeit (smack forehead here) about 2 years overdue. So Dr. Clark was right. And that's why my need for tramadol had got so minimal--it was being helped by the marijuana too, being spasms.
And I had to tap every night for a couple weeks, but lately, I pretty much haven't had to, so maybe that process of stopping the 'syndrome' is actually clearing the cadmium too. Yay!!
I definitely recommend EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique but obviously not just for emotions) AND Dr. Clark. The quick version is to tap under your eye on the bone ridge--I found that was actually the meridian spot for that. Just think or say "The blood vessels in my legs seem to be spasming because of cadmium build up' and do it a couple of times. See if it doesn't help.
It works for neuropathy too on the same spot, at least it does for me, tapping "high blood Sugar seems to be interfering with the nerves to my feet and toes."