I am going to try and post more regularly. A few times a month hopefully.
Nothing much has changed in the world of RLS since my last post.The RLS Foundation is now Willis-Ekbom Disease Foundation. That’s really going to help.
Back on the planet Earth, there was a new study completed a short while ago that produced some interesting results- supporting my claim that RLS and inflammation are directly connected (I’m always happy when a new connection is discovered … it makes me feel like less of a kook in the eyes of those that believe that science will eventually discover the cause, and a cure).
Here is an excerpt from the June 13 edition of “Science Daily.”
The Protein Profile of Restless Leg Syndrome
June 7, 2013 — A protein profile of people with restless leg syndrome (RLS) identifies factors behind disrupted sleep, cardiovascular dysfunction and pain, finds research in BioMed Central’s open access journal Fluids and Barriers of the CNS. The research gives insights into the disorder, and could be useful in the development of new treatments.
It is not completely clear what causes RLS, also known as Willis Ekbom disease (WED), but in some people it is associated with iron deficiency in the brain, kidney failure, or low levels of the ‘pleasure’ neurotransmitter dopamine. It can also occur during pregnancy. It affects between 5 and 10% of the population and symptoms, which can range in severity, including sleep deprivation and decreased ability to work can lead to a reduction in quality of life. It is also a risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
Comparing the cerebral spinal fluid (CSF) of women with and without RLS, researchers from the US and Korea discovered there was a significantly altered level of six specific proteins with RLS. Dr Stephanie Patton from Penn State University who led this study explained, “Our results reveal a protein profile in the RLS/WED CSF that is consistent with iron deficiency, dopamine dysregulation and inflammation.”
Hopefully there will be many more new studies in the near future that point to the obvious connection between RLS and inflammation.
I’m going to start posting some of the testimonials I have received from people that have been successful in lessening their RLS. This will hopefully provide an incentive for readers of this blog (and my website) to give the anti-inflammatory method a try.