Fibromyalgia and Restless Leg Syndrome


by:  Aimee Reese

You will find many articles, forums, and blogs on Fibromyalgia and Restless Leg Syndrome out there.  Those of us that have Fibromyalgia may also suffer RLS.  We may not in the beginning, but it could develop later down the line.

My leg pain started pretty much before I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia.  The aching would cause me to toss and turn all night.  Sleep was hard as the pain just shot through me.  I felt like needles were poking both of my legs.  I tried heating pads, I tried weight with blankets, I tried just about everything and nothing seemed to relieve the pain.

As with Fibro, RLS, there is no test to say you have RLS.  You talk to your doctor and go over your medical history.  There are a few things they will ask you such as:

  • Do you feel like you have to move your limbs often due to odd sensations?
  • Are the symptoms present or worse during rest?
  • Do your symptoms worsen at night?

These are just a few things they may ask.  Overall, it will be your medical history and rule out anything else that may be causing you to have these symptoms.

Along with Fibro, there is no cure.  Here are a few things that you can do to get some relief:

  • Regular to moderate exercise no excessive exercise.
  • Hot baths.
  • Leg massage.
  • Apply heat or ice.

You could also have a nutritional imbalance where iron or magnesium may be needed.

When I talked to my doctor about my symptoms, he explained to me that there had been some research done where RLS was linked to an iron deficiency but that not everyone has to take iron pills.  I was one that does not take them, nor had to take them so how in the world can I get some iron needed to help with my RLS.

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