I have had RLS for years. I just completed a med study for it and using Requip. I take 2 mg at 5 PM and 2 mg at 9:30 and have been symptom free for 12 weeks. I no longer take Ambien to get to sleep. The anti-d meds and caffeine really triggered mine. Since cutting caffeine out of my diet along with the Requip, sleep has been much improved. Good luck and I hope you find the answers you are looking for.
Cheerdad, I loved your quote at the end of your post. How true it is! I too, have cut out caffeine, and that helped a lot. I take 2 mg of Requip around 8 pm (probably should take it sooner but I want to be able to stay awake and watch my shows!) and it helps tremendously!! I can tell each evening if I haven't taken it, the ole legs start up!
And...just curious...do you have a cheerleader in the family? I am a former cheer mom! Loved it! And, the Crohn's, did you have to have surgery? I have a good friend that has an ostomy. Now she goes to a homeopathic doctor and has great results from that.