Sunday, November 14, 2010

RLS & PLM Prevelance in FM - Letter to the editors of Arthritis Today

November 14, 2010

To the editors of Arthritis today

RE: FM and RLS - Restless Leg Syndrome Linked to Fibromyalgia: A study finds these two conditions commonly overlap.
By Jennifer Davis

Absolutely, RLS and PLM should be considered in the proposed diagnostic criteria for FM, as well as the presence of myofascial trigger points. I am an advocate and have been communicating with physicians and other advocates in the field of FM study. Sleep studies should be done on all FM patients and the absence of healing sleep stage and presence of PLM must be considered in sleep quality. I hope you will read my most recent letter to the NIH, ACR and editors of Arthritis Care and Research who published the proposed criteria for diagnosing FM. You can find it at this link.

Thank you Celeste Cooper, RN, patient, author

Viola-Saltzman M, et al "High prevalence of restless legs syndrome among patients with fibromyalgia: A controlled cross-sectional study" J Clin Sleep Med 2010; 6: 423-427.

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