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28 Jan 2003

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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01 Jan 0001

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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