31% of people with Fibromyalgia suffer from this syndrome. It has been found to be 10 times more common in people with Fibromyalgia than in people who do not have this disease.
But what is this?
The Restless Legs Syndrome in a neurological disorder that manifests itself with uncomfortable sensations in the legs that generate an irresistible desire to move them.
The characteristics of this syndrome are:
- It feels like tingling, burning and even pain.
- It is perceived as something creeps or climbs up the legs.
- It generates the irresistible need to move the legs when sitting or lying down.
- Sensations occur more at night than during the day.
- Trouble sleeping or staying awake.
- Involuntary shaking of the legs.
- Symptoms almost always improve with movement.
- It usually gets worse during periods of stress, anxiety and emotional disorders.
A substantial part of sleep disorders in fibromyalgia patients may be related to Restless Legs Syndrome. Sleep disruption can exacerbate Fibromyalgia symptoms.
One of the explanations of why this syndrome is common in Fibromyalgia, is because, both one and the other, are conditions related to alterations that may have common mechanisms in the brain and nervous system.
In both conditions, abnormal levels of neurotransmitters occur, which affects muscle contractions.
There is no cure for this syndrome and, although there are medications to counteract its effects, it is recommended to be cautious in its use as they usually generate side effects such as dizziness, blurred vision, muscle pain, depression, vomiting and some serious skin reactions. If you suffer from Fibromyalgia and Restless Legs Syndrome, it is best to talk with your doctor to evaluate the medications that you should take.
There are other alternatives and actions that do not require the consumption of medications and that can help reduce the discomfort of this disorder (and, therefore, are also beneficial for fibromyalgia):
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Muscle relaxation
- Stretching exercises
- Maintain a good level of iron and magnesium (supplements can be taken if required)
- Reduce or eliminate the use of caffeine, alcohol and tobacco
- Maintain a regular sleep schedule
- Exercise regularly and moderate wood (without exceeding)
- Take hot baths
- Hot or cold application
Both Fibromyalgia and Restless Legs Syndrome require a different treatment , however, implementing activities that help control the symptoms of Restless Legs can help improve the quality of life of people living with Fibromyalgia.
Do not forget to consult your doctor before making a decision regarding your health.