RLS (restless legs syndrome) and doubled risk of heart disease

Found this in a health educational news letter that I get via email. 

If you have restless legs syndrome (RLS), your risk of heart disease may be doubled, according to a January study from Harvard researchers. The study included more than 3,400 middle-aged and older men and women, and researchers assessed the participants for RLS and cardiovascular issues such as past stroke or heart attack or angina (chest pain).They found that those with RLS had more than twice the risk of cardiovascular disease, even after taking issues such as body weight, smoking, diabetes, and blood pressure into account. The association between RLS and cardiovascular disease was strongest in people who had restless legs symptoms at least 16 times a month.More than 12 million Americans are thought to have RLS, which tends to occur more frequently and become more bothersome in middle age. People with the condition have strange sensations in the legs while they’re lying down and relaxing, and as a result they often have trouble sleeping, leading to fatigue the next day.

If you have restless legs, this research shouldn’t be cause for alarm, since the new study didn’t show that RLS caused heart problems or stroke. However, experts familiar with the condition say that the lack of sleep could contribute to increased blood pressure, which could affect the heart.

 

Question any thoughts on this regarding connection to CPn?

 

 

Louise CFS/ME. CPnPositive. BbPositive. WheldonCAPbegan6/24/07. Now NAC, Doxy, Roxi, Full Tini Pulse#5 post pulse day 10 in process. Cholestyramine at Bedtime for Phorphoria & liposacaride Endotoxin Die-Off Experiences treatment and prevention during pulse cycle days 5 - 14 one to two packets with an extra glass of water afterwards.

  • CAP(TiniOnly): 06/07-02/09 for CFS
  • MethylationProtocolSupplements: Started08/08
  • Intermtnt CAP: 02/09-02/10
  • Full MethylProtocol & LDN 02/09
  • Off CAP: 02/10, cont LDN & MethlyProtocol support

Louise,  Everytime I see one of those commercials advertising drugs to control restless legs, high cholesterol, or urgent bladder problems, I think "if only the widespread existence of chronic infections  and their connection to these conditions were known to the general public and the mainstream medical community."

It doesn't require much time to read enough on this site to realize that many of us have more than one chronic condition, sometimes several chronic conditions.  The one chronic condition doesn't cause the other.  Of course it's the bugs!   

Joyce~caregiver-advocate in Dallas for Steve J (SPMS).  CAP since August 06, Cpn, Mpn, B. burgdorferi, systemic candidiasis, EBV, CMV & other herpes family viral infections, elevated heavy metals, gluten+casein sensitivity. 

Joyce~caregiver-advocate in Dallas for Steve J (SPMS).  CAP since August 06, Cpn, Mpn, B. burgdorferi, systemic candidiasis, EBV, CMV & other herpes family viral infections, elevated heavy metals, gluten+casein sensitivity. 

RLS? It would not surprise me if a huge majority of the members of this site have this - mine was muscle spasms from my MS, Richard's from ?. Neither of us ever gave it a thought - it just was. Now it is gone. Surely it was invented by the Name-it committee of a drug companie that had a drug that needed selling. Really, I'm not as cynical as that sounds.

 

Rica PPMS EDSS 6.7 at beginning - now 2. Began CAP Sept, 2004 with Rifampin 150 mg 2xd, Doxy 100 mg 2xd, added regular pulses Jan 2005. Jan 2006 switched to Doxy, Azith, cont. flagyl total 50 pulses NC USA

3/9 Symptoms returning. Began 5 abx protocol 5/9 Rifampin 600, Amox 1000, Doxy 200, MWF Azith 250, flagyl 1000 daily. Began Sept 04 PPMS EDSS 6.7 Now good days EDSS 1 Mind, like parachute, work only when open. Charlie Chan  In for the duration.&am

I've had RLS since age 26, some 37 years now, off and on. Several years ago, I came close to participating in a Johns Hopkins study RLS study, and the medical profession there had me on gabapentin for over a year. (That ended when I realized that I was getting both clumsy and a little more dopey than I'd ever been). Now with CAP, my RLS has changed. It's at times more severe -- my legs actually jump around, and at times absent just when I would expect it to act up (airplane rides, long or boring movies). I haven't been able to understand how the timing of this relates to pulses. We'll see. Sue Ulcerative colitis diagnosed 11/05, arthritis, rosacea; CAP starting 02/07: minocyline 200mg x 2, azithromycin 250 mg MWF, NAC 1200 mg x 2, pulses of metronidazole 500 mg x 2 five days starting 04/07. Cured of colitis 11/07.
Ulcerative colitis diagnosed 11/05, arthritis, rosacea; CAP starting 02/07: minocyline 200mg x 2, azithromycin 250 mg MWF, NAC 1200 mg x 2, pulses of metronidazole 500 mg x 2 five days starting 04/07. Cured of colitis 11/07.

Sue, I am looking at your signature line and see "Cured of colitis" 11/07 are you perhaps atributing this to your 9 months on CAP 7 of which you had been pulsing Flagyl.  Would you be willing to say more about your changes since starting CAP? It sounds like you have had some real symptom reversals.   Thanks for sharing,

Louise

CFS/ME.CPnPositive.BbPositive.

WheldonCAPbegan6/24/07. NowNAC,Doxy, Roxi, Full TiniPulse#5 pulse cycle day 10 today. Cholestyramine at BedtimeforPhorphoria&liposacarideEndotoxinDie-OffExperiences.

  • CAP(TiniOnly): 06/07-02/09 for CFS
  • MethylationProtocolSupplements: Started08/08
  • Intermtnt CAP: 02/09-02/10
  • Full MethylProtocol & LDN 02/09
  • Off CAP: 02/10, cont LDN & MethlyProtocol support

Yes, Louise, I consider myself cured of ulcerative colitis, as I had hoped. I'd had GI tract problems for years, then came down with rectal bleeding in the fall of 2005. A gastroenterologist diagnosed me with Crohn's disease after administering a colonoscopy, started me on a light dose of Asacol, which had to be increased as my symptoms returned and worsened. He had me try steroid enemas, then prednisone, which worked beautifully, but had to be tapered off to avoid its side effects. A second gastroenterologist later diagnosed me with ulcerative colitis, but in the meantime I had started CAP in February of 2007. Improvement came last November, and in the late winter I started cutting down on Asacol, then eliminating it altogether. I've been fine since, though I continue on CAP. Sue Ulcerative colitis diagnosed 11/05, arthritis, rosacea; CAP starting 02/07: minocyline 200mg x 2, azithromycin 250 mg MWF, NAC 1200 mg x 2, pulses of metronidazole 500 mg x 2 five days starting 04/07. Cured of colitis 11/07.
Ulcerative colitis diagnosed 11/05, arthritis, rosacea; CAP starting 02/07: minocyline 200mg x 2, azithromycin 250 mg MWF, NAC 1200 mg x 2, pulses of metronidazole 500 mg x 2 five days starting 04/07. Cured of colitis 11/07.

Well, I agree as mentioned above, no surprise RLS & cardiac related.  I still have the arythmia going on, but-- the RLS & the migraines, pretty much gone, hopefully for good.

CFIDS/ME 26yrs, FMS, IBS, EBV, CMV, Cpn, chronic insomnia, Lymes, HME, Natural HRT peri-M, NAC 2.5 gm, 6-07 Doxy 200 mg day pm, Azith 375 mg M/W/Fday, Pulse#9 750mg 5.5 day, 4-25-8

CFIDS/ME, FMS, MCS, IBS, EBV, CMV, Cpn, H1, chronic insomnia, Chronic Lyme, HME, Babesia, Natural HRT-menopause, NAC 2.4 gm,Full CAP 6-2-07, all supplements+Iodorol, Inositol-depression, ultra Chitosan, L lysine Pulse#27 04-19-10 1gm Flagyl/day-5 days<

Louise, see this thread for a few more details.

One trick, by the way, with these forums, is to click on a person's handle, to get to their "user" page, and then click on the "track" tab. That gets you a list of threads to which that person has posted (although it doesn't get directly to the messages they wrote in that thread).

Thanks Norman and Sue,  Guess I missed that early April posting.  Definitely worth noting.  Looking forward to when you and Sue can write Patient stories of success for the files Image removed.

Louise

CFS/ME.CPnPositive.BbPositive.WheldonCAPbegan6/24/07. NowNAC,Doxy, Roxi, full TiniPulse#5 day 11 in process. Cholestyramine at BedtimeforPhorphoria&liposacarideEndotoxinDie-OffExperiences.

  • CAP(TiniOnly): 06/07-02/09 for CFS
  • MethylationProtocolSupplements: Started08/08
  • Intermtnt CAP: 02/09-02/10
  • Full MethylProtocol & LDN 02/09
  • Off CAP: 02/10, cont LDN & MethlyProtocol support