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Fibromyalgia and RLS: The Missing Link

If you suffer from fibromyalgia you’ve likely been told by your doctor how important it is to receive adequate sleep.

However, you also likely have a very fickle relationship with sleep that consists of frequent bouts of insomnia. In fact, insomnia can be one of many symptoms of this incurable disease.

It is also an incredibly debilitating side-effect that impacts every aspect of your life. But all is not lost. New research has emerged which now links fibromyalgia and insomnia with restless-leg syndrome (RLS).

There are several similarities between RLS and fibromyalgia which include the propensity for females to suffer from the diseases, genetic predisposition, and involuntary leg movements while sleeping.

In an effort to link the two, researchers examined the sleep disturbances of over 172 fibromyalgia patients. They then compared their patterns and experiences with those of 63 healthy people.

The results showed that individuals with fibromyalgia were 10 times more likely to suffer from RLS than healthy people.

Interestingly, all fibromyalgia patients tested in the study suffered from sleep disturbances. However, the individuals who displayed restless-leg syndrome scored far worse on sleep quality tests and continually noted a lack of consistent sleep.

This new research has actually given both researchers and physicians a new sense of hope in treating insomnia in fibromyalgia patients. Instead of treating sleeplessness alone, doctors can now focus on treating RLS which seemingly correlates to insomnia. This will hopefully result in better sleep for sufferers.

In addition to pharmaceutical treatments for RLS, medical research consistently shows that chiropractic sessions can dramatically improve and reduce the symptoms associated with the disease. It can also significantly reduce the pain caused by fibromyalgia.

The goal is to restore your body to more restful sleep so you can reduce some of the symptoms of this awful disease.

Are you suffering from fibromyalgia and looking for chiropractic care? Visit us at Vital Health Chiropractic in Moon Township, PA.  We are committed to helping you improve your well-being. Call us today at 412-424-0019 or contact us today in Moon Township, PA, to schedule your appointment.