The Journal of Clinical has just published a study this October revealing a substantial association between RLS (restless leg syndrome) and fibromylagia. This association is so powerful that persons with fibromylagia are eleven times more of a possibility to have RLS then those persons in the general populace.
Both of these conditions incline to keep those who endure the conditions to stay awake at night. RLS a neurological disorder identified by strange feeling that run through the legs linked with the uncontrollable desire to move the legs in hopes of providing relief. Persons who endure this disorder describe the feelings as burning, tugging and as if incests were crawling inside the legs. The feeling extend from minor discomfort to immense pain. In contrary fibromylagia is a complicated condition with vast range of symptoms. Until of late, a lot health practitioners did not recognize fibromylagia as a condition but merely as a person imaging things. As the same in both in conditions the cause is still unknown. Fibromylagia produces numerous tender areas in the muscles and joints included on places of the back and neck, knees and elbows and causes fatigue, general body aches, low tolerance for exercise and enduring facial muscle pain and aching. Fibromylagia cases appear in 85% of women.
The association between these two conditions was explained in the journal. A study conducted had observed 172 persons enduring fibromylagia. Among them 93% were women. The average age was fifty years old. Comparisons to a control group of persons who did not endure pain and fatigue with an average age of forty-one years old. Researchers had discovered 33% of the group with fibromylagia also had RLS compared to 3.1% of the control group.
Dr. Nathaniel F. Watson, Associate Professor of Neurology at the University of Washington in Seattle and one of the researchers commented in a news release that sleep disturbances is usual for persons with fibromylagia and most of the time is hard to treat. According to the study it is obvious that a major part of sleep disruptions in fibromylagia is caused by RLS.
Conventional medicine usually treats RLS with medications in hopes for improvement in sleep and the overall condition of those persons who also have fibromylagia. This treatment type goes way back to 1996 in which had discovered the same association of these two conditions. When the advocated treatment consisted of prescribed medications which had included colonazepan in hopes of bringing RLS under some form of control. The side effects of that particular drug had included dizziness, blurred vision and muscle pain. Not too much other other ones such as weight gain, depression and suicidal thoughts. It also brought up severe skin reactions that in some cases had proved fatal.
Now in current day we still have the medications which are used. These include a drug Mirapex, that contain its own ongoing list of side effects including sleeplessness, nausea, vomiting and compulsive behaviors. Of course there is also Valium and its side effects which include sleeplessness, vomiting and in severe reactions can include muscle loss, depression, rage, tremors and sleeplessness. The medication list keeps on going with almost nearly all similar side effects.
Many persons today use alternative treatments in order to treat both fibromylagia and RLS when they have the conditions at the same time. There are some alternative treatments that have been proven effective in the treatment of both of these conditions. A few of the most noted ones are listed.
Chiropractic care has been known to be the top choice in alternative treatments to treat both of these debilitating conditions. It has been shown to greatly decrease the excruciating pain, incapacitating fatigue and joint stiffness all associated to fibromylagia.
In recent surveys nine out of ten patients suffering from RLS have found relief from through symptoms with chiropractic treatments. The treatments can provide the correcting of extremely instability in the feet, knees, ankles and hips. Adjustments made to the pelvic and lumbo-sacral instability.
Along with different manipulation techniques exercises such as leg stretching may be recommended along with nutritional advice and herbal supplements.
Acupuncture is another popular choice of persons who endure either one or both of these conditions.
Acupuncture study on fibromylagia was conducted by the Mayo Clinic. Their findings had indicated that after acupuncture treatments major improvements was found in patients in the area of fatigue and anxiety. Even though according to the study it did decrease pain, an additional choice treatment such as pain medication was indicated.
Acupuncture on RLS symptoms has been noted to reduce stress and fatigue. It is still suggested to also use another alternative treatment in combination with acupuncture for greater decrease of symptoms.
Acupressure may also be used for those who just do not like needles and provides the same outcomes.
Magnesium used for both conditions. By not having enough magnesium in the body conditions of can cause sleep disturbances such as in those of RLS. When used for fibromylagia it has been noted that it may aide in pain reduction.
Calcium has also been used for both of the conditions. Abnormal levels of neurotransmitters release muscle contractions. These levels have been seen in persons with fibromylagia who suffer from RLS at the same time. Calcium is usually taken as a supplement. Currently there are supplements which combine calcium and vitamin D.
Melatonin has been used for both conditions. It is taken as a sleep aide and can cause drowsiness in daytime hours. It is recommended to avoid driving and exercise until you know how this herb effects your system.
Skullcap is also used as a sleep aide. Please note Chinese Skullcap is used as a sleep aide. American Skullcap is a mild relaxer for anxiety. These are two totally different herbs.
Valerian even though used for muscle pain and spasms it is also used as a sleep aide.
Kava Kava before bedtime can relax muscles in both cases.
Due to this gentle form of movement which is slow it provides health benefits including muscle strength and flexibility. Studies have shown Tia Chi is a helpful for many conditions including arthritis, heart disease, fibromylagia and RLS.
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Rescue Remedy and Restless Sleep Remedy can be applied to both conditions.
For Rescue Remedy mix four drops in 30ml spray bottle with spring water. You will need to use this spray application four times a day.
For Restless Sleep spray four times a day.
It is stated symptoms should be greatly reduced in four or six weeks.
For persons with fibromyalagia it can reduce symptoms by at least 30% in areas include pain, fatigue, and stiffness. Which indirectly yields benefits for those with RLS the daily stretching and meditation that comes from yoga often decreases the symptoms in RLS.
Myofascial Release techniques is both fibromyalagia and RLS.
In fibromyalagia it decreases pain in the bodies fascia, which is brought on my myofascial pain. Fascia is a thin layer of tissues which covers all muscles and organs in the body. In persons with fibromyalagia the fascia becomes very short and tense producing pain. This therapy uses stretching techniques which decrease the pain.
In RLS this same techniques is used to help decrease the tingling sensation which is felt in the legs allowing for a more restful sleep.
There are four foods in which are in common to be eliminated from the diet for either condition or as in some cases both.
Chocolate, coffee, alcohol and carbonated beverages. These things heighten fatigue and pain. They also have the ability to lower levels of blood glucose.
A healthy balanced diet is recommended in both conditions which include consuming four or five smaller meals instead of three large meals. It will maintain all muscles to function properly.
Processed foods in general are not a healthy idea. They contain massive amounts of saturated fats that cause interference with the circulatory system not to mention can cause pain and fatigue.
Consume plenty of fluids which include water, fresh juice and even herbal teas.
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