FROM OUR EXPERTS
I have often in these virtual pages emphasized the
importance of sleep in reducing the severity of chronic pain . Sleep has been shown in fibromyalgia studies
to be extremely important in reducing the pain fibromyalgia patients experience, and a lack of sleep appears to contribute to
the misery restless legs syndrome (RLS) patients experience.
Insomnia affects 10% to 20% of the United States
population. Among the elderly, the
percentage of those affected is 47%. For
the year 2007, it is estimated the cost of treating insomnia was approximately
$100 billion! We have all seen the
television commercials with the beaver and Abraham Lincoln.
There are several classes of medications for insomnia:
such as Restoril or Valium are effective in putting patients to sleep and
keeping them asleep, and they are relatively inexpensive. However, such drugs can have a hangover
effect, and a significant addiction potential...
We started our discussion about restless legs syndrome (RLS) in my recent blog, so let’s continue where we left off.
Mild symptoms of RLS occur in 5-15% of the general population, which makes it the second or third most common sleep disorder. Of these cases, only about 2-3% are considered clinically severe enough to require treatment. It appears to occur more commonly in females and can even affect children. Due to the difficult to describe leg sensations that are felt, children may be wrongly diagnosed with “growing pains” or even attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). RLS symptoms occur more commonly as we age. Individuals who experience symptoms at a younger age tend to worsen as they get older, though there cases when the disease resolves spontaneously when the sufferer gets older.
Sleep disturbance is a major complaint in patients and is usually the main reason why they seek medical help. Though the dis...
Restless legs syndrome (RLS), also known as Ekbom’s syndrome, refers to an unpleasant feeling in the legs that typically occurs in the evening, primarily when an individual is at rest. These sensations compel the person to move their legs to get relief, only to have the symptoms recur. These difficult to describe sensations in the legs are experienced as “tingling”, “ itching ”, “creeping crawling”, and are occasionally painful. Infrequently, RLS symptoms occur in the face and arms. About 10 percent of people between the ages of 30 and 79 have restless leg syndrome (RLS) at least five times per month. RLS affects individuals of all ages, with a more common occurrence in women. Its prevalence tends to increase with age and it appears to be occur more commonly in people of European and North American background. People with RLS have difficulty falling and staying asleep and suffer from chronic sleep deprivation, which can lead to fatigue , depression
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