Re: slight jerks while sleeping....
Yes, it does sound like peridic limb movement disorder...there are several things your fiance could do first to see if the movements decrease or go away.
1. Increase the amount of fruits and vegetables in the diet as potassium (or the lack of potassium) impacts body movement. Potassium is not stored in the body and therefore must be replaced regularly (daily??).
2. Take an over the counter iron supplement. Small studies suggest that some people with this condition have an iron deficiency in a certain area of their brain, and this deficiency would not show up in a typical lab test. My sleep specialist had me do this for 6 months (??) to see if this would work before he would prescribe any medication.
3. Neither the diet, the iron supplement, nor the prescription medication (mirapex) worked for me, and my sleep specialist was honest enough to say that's about all they could do, but I did discover that discontinuing my bp medication (a diuretic) reduced or eliminated my symptoms---my sleep study, done while I was taking the diurectic, showed almost 500 movements over the course of the night.
There is no "cure" for this condition as the doctors really don't know what causes it yet...some people suffer horribly...and some like me, accidentally find a fix. I hope you and your fiance will find something that works...but I would recommend drug free treatments for starters. If that doesn't work, do try and see a sleep specialist.
Both my primary and my sleep specialist denied that my water pill would cause these side effects but they were wrong. Don't believe everything someone tells you---check it out for yourself first.
Last edited by bethsheba; 01-08-2008 at 04:55 PM.