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I had quite a scare this past week. I woke up in the middle of the night with extreme calf pain in both of my legs. It wasn't like a charley horse or anything because the sharp pain was the entire calf and different from a muscle cramp. It's very difficult to explain and something I have never experienced before. It let up enough for me to go back to sleep, but my legs were still a bit sore the entire next day. I thought back and couldn't think of anything I did physically that would have caused this. However, I did travel in the car over Christmas for a few hours. I'm not paranoid about having another stroke, but of course my imagination got the best of me and I started envisioning all these blood clots forming in my legs. I got myself so concerned I nearly cried. So, instead of doing that, I just called my doctor.
The nurses weren't quite as concerned as I was. But, that is probably good. I didn't need a nurse to freak out on me while I was so freaked out myself. She just tol...
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...
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