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 without the disease.
But what is this?
Restless legs syndrome in a neurological disorder manifested by uncomfortable sensations in the legs that generate an irresistible desire to make them move.
The characteristics of this syndrome are:
- It feels like tingling, burning and even pain.
- It is seen as crawling or raising legs.
- This creates an irresistible need to move the engine legs while the legs are sitting or lying down.
- Sensations occur more at night than during the day.
- Sleep or wake problems
- Unintentional pushing in the legs
- Symptoms almost always improve with movement.
- It usually worsens during periods of stress, anxiety and emotional turmoil.
A significant part of sleep disorders in patients with fibromyalgia may be related to restless legs syndrome. Interrupting sleep can exacerbate the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
One explanation for why this syndrome is common in fibromyalgia is that, both in conditions related to changes, they may have common mechanisms in the brain and nervous system.
In both cases, the levels of neurotransmitters are abnormal, which affects muscle contractions.
There is no curative treatment for this syndrome and, although there are medications to mitigate its effects, caution is recommended, as they usually cause side effects such as dizziness, blurred vision, muscle pain, depression, vomiting and serious skin. reactions. If you have fibromyalgia and restless legs syndrome, it is best to consult your doctor to decide which medications to take.
There are other alternatives and actions that do not require the use of medication and can help to 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 needed)
- Reduce or eliminate the use of caffeine, alcohol and tobacco
- Maintain a regular sleep schedule
- Exercise regularly and moderate the wood (without exceeding)
- Take hot baths
- Application of cold or heat
Fibromyalgia and restless legs syndrome require different treatment . However, implementing activities to control the symptoms of this disease can improve the quality of life for people with fibromyalgia.
Remember to consult your doctor before making a health decision.
Do you have restless legs syndrome? How do you control this?