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 condition.
But what is it?
Restless legs syndrome in a neurological disorder that is manifested by uncomfortable sensations in the legs that generate an irresistible desire to move them.
The characteristics of this syndrome are:
- It sounds like a tingling, a burning and even a pain.
- It is perceived as something creeping or climbing legs.
- It generates the irresistible need to move your legs in a sitting or lying position.
- The sensations occur more at night than during the day.
- Sleep or waking problems
- Involuntary jerks in the legs
- Symptoms almost always improve with movement.
- It usually gets worse during periods of stress, anxiety and emotional problems.
An important part of sleep disorders in patients with fibromyalgia may be related to restless legs syndrome. The interruption of sleep can exacerbate the symptoms of fibromyalgia.
One of the explanations for why this syndrome is common in fibromyalgia is that both are associated with alterations that may have common mechanisms in the brain and nervous system.
In both cases, neurotransmitter levels are abnormal, affecting muscle contractions.
There is no cure for this syndrome and, although there are medications to mitigate the effects, caution is advised as these usually result in side effects such as dizziness, blurred vision, pain muscle, depression, vomiting and certain serious skin reactions. If you have fibromyalgia and restless legs syndrome, it is best to consult your doctor to evaluate which medications to take.
There are other alternatives and actions that do not require the use of medications and can help reduce the discomfort of this disorder (and, therefore, are also beneficial for fibromyalgia):
- Reduce stress and anxiety
- Relaxation of the muscles
- Stretching exercises
- Maintain a good level of iron and magnesium (supplements can be taken if necessary)
- 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 decision about your health.
Do you have restless legs syndrome? How do you control it?