*Warning. If it is a new symptom for you, have it checked out immediately as sudden onset, unusual headache can be an indication of an impending stroke.
|From Summer Devotions|
Migraine and restless leg syndrome (RLS)
|Rest Leg Syndrome|
Did you know different researchers have made a connection between migraine and restless leg syndrome?
This is not a new finding, but it is significant to note that research in this area continues. In a case-control study done by Fernández-Matarrubia, et. al, it was found that “RLS patients had higher lifetime prevalence of migraine than non-RLS controls, and active migraine without aura was significantly more prevalent in patients with RLS than in controls… Within the RLS group, patients with migraine had poorer sleep quality than those without migraine.” Another study done in Italy by Zanigni, et al suggests “shared pathogenic pathway which would implicate new management strategies of these two disorders.”
If you suspect there is a myofascial component to your headaches, seek the help of a specially trained myofascial therapist, chiropractor, physical therapist or pain specialist that understands myofascial trigger points and the pain patterns specifically related to migraine. If you also have RLS, talk to your doctor about a sleep study. There are options. Education is power, so take up arms against the harsh realities of migraine.