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Is fibromyalgia related to restless legs syndrome?

Fibromyalgia and restless leg syndrome (RLS) share certain features:

• Women are more likely to suffer from fibromyalgia and RLS.
• There appears to be a genetic component because these conditions run in families.

The scientists who published the study on this association pointed out that fibromyalgia and RLS share several characteristics. Both conditions can include sensory alterations, the use of antidepressants that can influence the dopamine system, and beneficial effects for exercise. What’s more, an important implication of the study, according to the researchers, is that restless leg syndrome is treatable with drugs that change the dopamine patterns in the brain. Physicians are urged to ask fibromyalgia patients about symptoms such as leg movements when they are trying to sleep and unpleasant sensations in their legs.

Further research is necessary to clarify a potential causal relationship between fibromyalgia and restless leg syndrome.

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