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Fibromyalgia and RLS

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If you have fibromyalgia, there’s a good chance you’re also dealing with restless leg syndrome (RLS). In fact, the American College of Rheumatology says that 56% of those suffering from fibromyalgia also experience restless leg syndrome. But first, what exactly is RLS?

Well, it’s characterized by uncomfortable sensations in the legs, especially while sitting or lying down. The sensations can range from discomfort to painful. It also includes an irresistible urge to move the affected limb. The urge to move the limb occurs because the movement actually relieves the discomfort. Most patients with RLS experience symptoms that are worse at night. Ironically, when your body is gearing up to relax and rejuvenate, your legs might feel like they are throbbing or pulling and you have an uncontrollable urge to move them. Many RLS patients have difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep because of the need to move and the discomfort, pain, or agitation. Some pace the floor. Others simply toss and turn all night trying to relieve the leg discomfort. But nearly all of them suffer from sleep deprivation.

The Fibromyalgia and RLS Connection

Are you starting to see the connection? Even if it’s still a little unclear, you can’t miss the relation to sleep deprivation and fibromyalgia. You know that when you don’t sleep well, your fibromyalgia symptoms are much worse, right? So then it should come as no surprise that a 2010 study published in the Journal of Clinical Sleep Medicineshowed a significant correlation between fibromyalgia and RLS. Specifically, those with fibromyalgia had a much high prevalence and risk of restless leg syndrome. But not necessarily the other way around.

The American Academy of Sleep Medicine explains further: “Sleep disruption is common in fibromyalgia, and often difficult to treat,” said contributing author Dr. Nathanial F. Watson, associate professor of neurology at the University of Washington in Seattle, WA. “It is apparent from our study that a substantial portion of sleep disruption in fibromyalgia is due to restless leg syndrome” (emphasis added).

Great News

Don’t mistake this as a diagnosis. Just because you have fibromyalgia does not automatically mean you have RLS. Remember that about 56% of fibro patients do, however. Meaning that there is definitely a good chance. And as Dr. Watson went on to add: “Since restless leg syndrome is a treatable condition, diagnosing and treating RLS in fibromyalgia patients has the potential to improve their sleep.”

Diagnosis

There is no specific test for restless leg syndrome. However, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, the four criteria are:

  • Symptoms that are worse at night and are absent or negligible in the morning;
  • A strong and often overwhelming need or urge to move the affected limb(s), often associated with paresthesias or dysesthesias;
  • Sensory symptoms that are triggered by rest, relaxation, or sleep; and
  • Sensory symptoms that are relieved with movement and the relief persists as long as the movement continues.

Treatment for fibromyalgia and RLS

Restless leg syndrome is typically addressed by relieving the symptoms. In some cases, symptoms are controlled by identifying and treating associated conditions like diabetes or peripheral neuropathy. Medications are often helpful, but there is apparently no single medication that works for all RLS patients. You and your doctor may have to experiment to find which one works best for you. In fact, you may even find you need to change medications periodically as they often lose their potency for treating your RLS symptoms after a time. Of course, lifestyle changes are always encouraged. Everything from decreasing alcohol, caffeine, and tobacco to getting more exercise and massaging the legs.

The key here is to talk this over with your healthcare practitioner. If you you think you have fibromyalgia and RLS, then getting the right treatment can have a radical impact on your fibromyalgia symptoms. That is to say, addressing restless legs throughout the night will lead to better sleep. And better sleep leads to minimizing other fibromyalgia symptoms.

So, do you see now? Treating RLS can make a huge difference in your quality of life as a fibro patient as well. Have you been treated for fibromyalgia and RLS? Did it improve your sleep and your fibromyalgia symptoms? Tell us about it your fibromyalgia and RLS.

 

The preceding article is from FibromyalgiaTreating.com and posted here for sharing purposes only. For additional information, please visit their website or consult your physician.

 

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#Review “88˚ North (Nadia Laksheva Spy Thriller Book 3)” by J.F. Kirwan

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5/5 Stars!

J.F. Kirwan saved the very best for last in the Nadia Laksheva trilogy with 88° North.

Pushing aside her own mortality, Nadia is determined to take down Salamander… for Katya, her father, Lorne… all the lives ended by him or because of him. She had trouble “taking the shot” in book one, but that Nadia is long gone.

With Jake at her side in her single-minded mission, the two quickly find themselves pawns in Salamander’s end game. The Russians and MI6 also haven’t shared everything they know. And is that North Korea dropping in? Oh my!

The foiled plan in London was revenge-worthy, but decades in the making, the main part of Salamander’s plan will change… and cripple the planet for years to come if he isn’t stopped.

I am hard-pressed to think of a villain as brilliant as Salamander. Even Sherlock Holmes’ arch nemesis, Moriarty pales in comparison. But he’s come up against a crew who’s learned the hard way how he operates, led by a woman with nothing to lose. The closer Nadia gets to her target, the more she learns about him… and begins to think like him.

While I respected Nadia in the first two books, I didn’t particularly like her. She did what she had to—almost robotic-like. She showed emotion, but I never felt there was any depth to it.

Nadia won me over in 88° North!

Maybe it’s because she’s dying, maybe it’s because she’s lost so much, but her determination to take down Salamander is fueled by a new humanness I didn’t feel from her before.

Nadia has regrets and remorse, and while rooting for her to defeat Salamander, I also didn’t want her to die—I wanted her to have a chance at the life she hasn’t had the opportunity to experience.

She has other experiences though, like an unholy alliance she wouldn’t have dreamed of. (Me either!)

One of the best scenes in the book for me is when, with Katya in mind and avenging the death of a friend, Nadia and her new partner take out a camp of henchmen/kidnappers/rapists! It was fast and fierce… with a nod to the Shilluk warriors! Awesome scene!

Jake delivers too, even though his hands are tied much of the time –literally and figuratively!

There were moments it appeared fighting against Salamander was futile. He was always two steps ahead of everyone and no life was exempt from taking, even family.

But what has been started can’t be stopped and Nadia and Jake persevere separately, each not knowing if the other was still alive most of the time.

Backup was provided by the resourceful Chef and the amazing Greaves—who should be nicknamed ‘Bulletproof!’ I’d love a book about Chef and Greaves’ back stories!

But this is Nadia’s party and despite bouts of nausea and dizziness, she fights the radiation poisoning slowly taking her life at every turn. I’m sure she wanted revenge against Salamander, but I believe for her he’s also a loose end… an unfinished assignment she intends to finish even if it takes her last breath.

If you haven’t read 66 Metres or 37 Hours, you must! Then sit back with 88° North, making sure your coffee and snacks are refilled before you reach the seventy percent mark in the story. That’s when this cat and mouse game will have you swiping pages to see who prevails because anything is possible once everyone reaches 88° north. Can Nadia and Jake stop Salamander and save the world? Can they save each other? Can I have a t-shirt with Greaves on the back? HA!

Kudos to the author for a well-written trilogy that tightly weaves the plot together through all three books to deliver a young woman who not only became something she promised her mother she never would… she became more.

Enjoy!

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The deadliest kind of assassin is one who is already dying…

coverAs the radiation poisoning that Nadia Laksheva was exposed to in Chernobyl takes hold of her body, she knows she has mere weeks to live. But Salamander, the terrorist who murdered her father and sister has a deadly new plan to ‘make the sky bleed’. Nadia is determined to stop him again, even if it is the last thing she ever does.

The only clue she has are the coordinates 88˚ North, a ridge in the Arctic right above one of the largest oil fields in the world, three thousand metres below the ice. If Salamander takes hold of the oil field, he could change the climate of the whole planet for generations to come…

But can Nadia stop him before her own time runs out?

 

The gripping third and final novel in J.F. Kirwan’s brilliant spy thriller series. Perfect for fans of Charles Cumming, Mark Dawson and Adam Brookes.

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#BlogTour “88˚ North (Nadia Laksheva Spy Thriller Book 3)” by J.F. Kirwan

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The deadliest kind of assassin is one who is already dying…

coverAs the radiation poisoning that Nadia Laksheva was exposed to in Chernobyl takes hold of her body, she knows she has mere weeks to live. But Salamander, the terrorist who murdered her father and sister has a deadly new plan to ‘make the sky bleed’. Nadia is determined to stop him again, even if it is the last thing she ever does.

The only clue she has are the coordinates 88˚ North, a ridge in the Arctic right above one of the largest oil fields in the world, three thousand metres below the ice. If Salamander takes hold of the oil field, he could change the climate of the whole planet for generations to come…

But can Nadia stop him before her own time runs out?

 

The gripping third and final novel in J.F. Kirwan’s brilliant spy thriller series. Perfect for fans of Charles Cumming, Mark Dawson and Adam Brookes.

Amazon UK   |   Amazon US   |   Amazon CA   |   Amazon AU  

 

~ Author Bio ~JF Kirwan

J.F. Kirwan is the author of the Nadia Laksheva thriller series for HarperCollins. Having worked in accident investigation and prevention in nuclear, offshore oil and gas and aviation sectors, he uses his experience of how accidents initially build slowly, then race towards a climax, to plot his novels. An instructor in both scuba diving and martial arts, he travels extensively all over the world, and loves to set his novels in exotic locations. He is also an insomniac who writes in the dead of night. His favourite authors include Lee Child, David Baldacci and Andy McNab.

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“Stranger in Town (Sloane Monroe Book 4)” by Cheryl Bradshaw

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Stranger in Town (Sloane Monroe Book 4)

by Cheryl Bradshaw

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, & Suspense/Espionage/Hardboiled

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A frantic mother runs up and down the aisles of Maybelle’s Market, desperately searching for her missing daughter.  

But she’s far too late. Six-year-old Olivia is already gone, already in the arms of a stranger. Will private investigator Sloane Monroe find her before it’s too late?

New York Times bestselling series and Shamus Award finalist for best PI novel of the year.

 

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“Trazer: Kids of Stolen Tomorrow” by Joseph O. Adegboyega-Edun

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Trazer: Kids of Stolen Tomorrow

by Joseph O. Adegboyega-Edun

Genre: YA/Magical Realism/Africa/ Social & Family Issues/Orphans & Foster Homes

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The Dystopian Thriller that Will Pull You Into a Breathtaking World of Yoruba Mythology and Magic!


Grab your copy of the best-selling Afrofuturist tale and discover SciFi Fantasy told in a bold, fresh new way!

It’s the year 93 O.O., and Dara Adeleye is a student with a bright future and her life figured out. That is, until a chance encounter with a mysterious child changes everything.

Dara lives in a world shaped by the Miracle of Elegua, an intervention by the gods in the fate of an Earth on the brink of collapse decades before she was born. Exceptionally gifted as an artist, her day-to-day attentions are on excelling in school in order to rise above her lower-class upbringing and raise her friends and family out of the dreaded red vanes. But Earth is headed towards the brink again and it may just be the gift she doesn’t know she has that can save it . . .

Kristano Arvelo is a trazer–the term used for the graffiti writers of Dara’s time, a once-slang that originated in her home town of Todirb Wall. The aimless leader of a local group of trazers, he may hold a key to unlocking Dara’s hidden gifts. But it will come at the cost of the destiny she believed was hers.

 

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“Liquid Cool: The Cyberpunk Detective Series” by Austin Dragon

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Liquid Cool: The Cyberpunk Detective Series (Liquid Cool Book 1)

by Austin Dragon

Genre: Science Fiction/Dystopian/Cyberpunk

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A Cyberpunk Thriller To Keep You on the Edge of Your Seat!

Liquid Cool is the action-packed (and funny), cyberpunk detective series.

How Much is One Life Worth?

In the sci-fi/cyberpunk detective series, author Austin Dragon shows why you never want to meet a cyborg in a dark alley. Liquid Cool is a cross between Blade Runner and the Maltese Falcon. There is plenty of gritty action, suspense, thrills, and even a few laughs.

It’s cyberpunk reimagined—an ever-rainy world of colossal skyscrapers, hovercars, flashy neon streets, and futuristic mechanization. Metropolis isn’t a bad place, but it isn’t a good one either. Uber-governments and megacorporations fight for control of the fifty-million-plus super-city, but so does crime.

We meet Cruz, our private eye (and unlikely hero), in this super-city with a million victims and perpetrators. Watch out for tech-tricksters, analog hustlers, and digital gangsters—psychos, samurais, and cyborgs aplenty. Visitors have a way of becoming permanent attractions.

Welcome to the high-tech, low-life world of Liquid Cool.

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