Restless Leg Syndrome, Fibromyalgia Linked in Study
According to HealthDay.com, a new study reported in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicine has shown that Fibromyalgia is linked to Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS). Restless Leg Syndrome causes people to have a constant urge to move their legs during the night, which can result in sleep deprivation.
A recent test revealed that Fibromyalgia patients are 11 times more likely to have RLS than the general population. Although the cause of Fibromyalgia is not known, the researchers believe they may now be one step closer to effectively treating their patients.
Dr. Nathaniel F. Watson, an associate professor of neurology at the University of Seattle Washington, and a contributor to the study, said, Sleep disruption is common in fibromyalgia, and is often difficult to treat. It is apparent from our study that a substantial portion of sleep disruption in fibromyalgia is due to restless leg syndrome.