Losing sleep to fibromyalgia

Losing sleep to fibromyalgia

Sleep. It's something many fibromyalgia patients have a difficult relationship with. It seems like it's seldom there when you need and the lack of it manages to impact every aspect of your life. Fatigue, insomnia, and sleep disturbances are just some of the symptoms that can be debilitating for people with fibromyalgia. Those symptoms may be a result of restless-leg syndrome (RLS.) according to new research that links the syndrome with fibromyalgia.

Fibromyalgia and RLS share certain similar features like occurring predominantly among females, clustering within families, and causing leg movements during sleep. Researchers sought to explore the potential link between the conditions by determining the presence of sleep disturbances and RLS among 172 patients with fibromyalgia. Those patients were compared with 63 people without chronic pain or fibromyalgia. Participants completed a diagnostic interview to determine whether they had restless-leg syndrome. In order to be diagnosed with RLS, participants had to meet all the following criteria:  uncomfortable sensations while sitting or lying down, discomfort that improves with walking, and discomfort that worsens at night and while resting.

Participants with fibromyalgia were ten times more likely to have RLS than participants without fibromyalgia. While all fibromyalgia patients suffered from sleep disturbances and fatigue, those with restless-leg syndrome scored worse on a sleep-quality questionnaire. Researchers pointed out that treating the symptoms of RLS may significantly improve sleep quality for many fibromyalgia patients.
If you suffer from fibromyalgia, you don't have to live a life plagued by sleepless nights and fatigue. Numerous medical studies have shown that chiropractic can alleviate the pain of fibromyalgia, helping you restore restful sleep and live a healthier life.

Viola-Saltzman M, et al."High prevalence of restless legs syndrome among patients with fibromyalgia: A controlled cross-sectional study". Journal  Clinical Sleep Medicine 6 (2010): 423-427.
Walsh, Nancy. "Fibromyalgia Linked with Restless Legs". Medpage Today. October 15, 2011. Accessed November 9, 2011.http://www.medpagetoday.com/
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Sciatica pain is often so debilitating that it forces people to miss work and other normal activities.  Of all patients with low-back pain, sciatica patients have the highest level of disability (1).  In fact, patients with sciatica are disabled for an average of 72 days according to Norwegian public-health records.
Fortunately, a recent study offers hope to sciatica patients: chiropractic care can speed the recovery from sciatica flare ups and allow patients to return to work sooner (2).

The study evaluated 44 Norwegian workers after they came to the hospital with severe sciatica pain. Most of those patients had been experiencing pain for three or more weeks prior to their hospital visit.
The hospital chiropractor examined each patient to evaluate his/her posture and gait, range of motion, and palpation of the lumbar spine.

The chiropractic then performed various joint adjustments to the spine and other limbs that had been injured through patients compensating for pain. Ice treatment was also used to relieve soft tissue soreness.Patients were treated daily in the hospital and later three times a week for the first two weeks. Some patients needed additional follow-up treatment but typically did not exceed 14 treatments.

In matter of 21 days, 91% of patients returned to work full-time. Two patients returned to work part time. Researchers concluded this study demonstrates the potent benefits of collaboration between chiropractors and orthopedic surgeons. Chiropractic care can put an end to your sciatica pain so you can begin living your life fully again.

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  1. Arana E, Marti-Bonmati L, Vega M, et al. Relationship between low back pain, disability, MR imaging findings and health care provider. Skeletal Radiology 2006;35(9):641-7.
  2. Orlin JR, Didriksen A. Results of chiropractic treatment of lumbopelvic fixation in 44 patients admitted to an orthopedic department. Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics 2007;30:135-139.