The March email newsletter

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The March email newsletter

Postby Skippy » Thu Mar 03, 2016 2:30 am

Does anyone understand what the study mentioned in the newsletter for March means??

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Re: The March email newsletter

Postby ViewsAskew » Thu Mar 03, 2016 4:45 am

Do you mean the one on hypoxia? Here is a link to the whole article: http://pennstatehersheyneuroreport.org/ ... -syndrome/

That might help.
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Re: The March email newsletter

Postby Skippy » Thu Mar 03, 2016 5:08 am

Thank you, but I did read the report and just don't understand it. I thought someone might be able to explain it in a way I could understand. It seems to be written to other doctors and not to people who have rls.

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Re: The March email newsletter

Postby ViewsAskew » Thu Mar 03, 2016 5:37 am

Got it - here's my take (and it was written for doctors!)

Hypoxia means that not enough oxygen gets to the tissues - and certain conditions (such as sleep onset or being on an airplane) can cause this to happen. They wanted to see if RLS subjects had less oxygen getting to the legs/muscles/tissues compared to folks without RLS in these hypoxic conditions. In the non-RLS folks, the blood flow increased over 7% in hypoxic conditions; but the RLS folks only had a 1% increase. So, ultimately, our bodies are not adjusting for these hypoxic conditions with an increase in blood flow and oxygen, so we appear to not have enough.

A few studies have been done before related to this. In one of them, when people took a dopamine agonist, the oxygenation increased - and they think that is why that class of drugs may work. When we get up and walk around, we automatically increase the oxygenation. But, so far, still circumstantial and not proven to be a cause. More research needs to happen.
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Re: The March email newsletter

Postby Sojourner » Thu Mar 03, 2016 7:36 am

ViewsAskew wrote:Got it - here's my take (and it was written for doctors!)

Hypoxia means that not enough oxygen gets to the tissues - and certain conditions (such as sleep onset or being on an airplane) can cause this to happen. They wanted to see if RLS subjects had less oxygen getting to the legs/muscles/tissues compared to folks without RLS in these hypoxic conditions. In the non-RLS folks, the blood flow increased over 7% in hypoxic conditions; but the RLS folks only had a 1% increase. So, ultimately, our bodies are not adjusting for these hypoxic conditions with an increase in blood flow and oxygen, so we appear to not have enough.

A few studies have been done before related to this. In one of them, when people took a dopamine agonist, the oxygenation increased - and they think that is why that class of drugs may work. When we get up and walk around, we automatically increase the oxygenation. But, so far, still circumstantial and not proven to be a cause. More research needs to happen.



Heck, even I can understand that! Thanks VA.


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Re: The March email newsletter

Postby Skippy » Thu Mar 03, 2016 8:55 pm

Thank you. Makes me wonder if we could breath oxygen and get some sleep.

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Re: The March email newsletter

Postby badnights » Wed Mar 09, 2016 9:36 am

Makes me wonder if we could breath oxygen and get some sleep.
I have been wondering that for a while. I investigated some oxygen machines online but didn't get any farther than that. These machines are marketed mainly to people who want to improve athletic performance. The price range is huge, from affordable to ridiculously expensive. Some are portable, designed to be used while exercising (EWOT - Exercise With Oxygen Therapy), while others are bigger and designed for use during sleep. I think a lot of the price difference is due to hype and marketing of the EWOT systems, but I didn't check into it enough.

Still, it's something I'd like to pursue. I'm curious whether breathing a higher concentration of oxygen every night for some time would improve or even eliminate WED symptoms. I seem to recall someone on this board years ago getting treatment for his dad somewhere in Europe that involved oxygenating the blood somehow.
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Re: The March email newsletter

Postby ViewsAskew » Thu Mar 10, 2016 6:57 am

If lack of oxygen is also related to PLMS, it could explain why PLMS are prevalent with apnea and seem to go away with treatment.
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