Posted by: "Sleepless" legs | 2003/01/28

Link between restless legs, fybromyalgia & insomnia?

Having tried every suggested remedy (Sinemet, Quinine, Ativan, Lioresal, Valium etc) for restless legs, I am desperate to find a treatment that works. I take the full spectrum of minerals (Mag, Pot, Iron, Zinc, Cal + 5HTP) and try not to eat late at night, avoid alcohol, caffeine and sugary foods, as well as dairy at night (please also discuss the fact that r/l may be a metabolic and not neurolical problem). I also suffer from fybromyalgia (controlled to an extend with exercise, rest etc), and believe there may be a link between the two conditions (not sure, but the legs seem to be worse when I am stressed and particulary when I eat above foods). The subsequent insomnia I can control with Stillnox or Immovane, and paracetamol for the legs, but these respectively affect my short-term memory and obviously my liver. Catch 22. What do I do? No drugs no sleep! First prize is going to sleep naturally with legs that behave. Will this ever be possible?

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Sleepless, it’s difficult to say what the problem is without being able to examine you first. It sounds like you have been to quite a few doctors already, so I don’t think that listing the basics is going to be of any help to you. To tell you the truth, I know of no publication that has mentioned a definite link between restless leg syndrome and fibromyalgia, but I can’t see why there can’t be one. The best would be to see a neurologist and have it sorted out. In the meantime you can try to change the Stilnox® for Imovane® and the Panado® for something like Brufen® and see what happens. Good luck.

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Posted by: Sleepless legs | 2003/01/31

Thanks for the reply. Have subsequently stumbled upon a homeopath/iridologist who prescribed Vit B5, L-Tyrosine and "Dr Reckeweg No 14" (for insomnia and anxiety). This combination might do the trick ... it is a little better already. If to no avail, I'll try the neurologist route. Note: reply written at 11:55 ... who's kidding who about insomnia! However, the leg pain has definitely subsided to the extent that I don't have to walk around for an hour before attempting sleep again. Will keep you posted if you are interested.

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