Is there anything I can do if my husband has periodic limb movement disorder and I don't get any sleep?
Sleep. Anything which helps regulate his sleep may improve the situation (avoid caffeine and more than one drink of alcohol after 3pm, regular sleep, avoid stress or shift work), as well as serotonin foods 30min prior to bedtime (dark chocolate, almonds, glass of milk, banana, dried cherries). A difficult problem to get in check for most.
Get out of his bed. Until he is treated effectively, i'm afraid you won't sleep much.
One sleep study said 237 limb movements and the next said 1/hr. One dr says periodic limb movement disorder other says nothing is wrong. What do I do?
Sleep Studies. Plmd is either primary or secondary. Secondary plmd is associated with certain conditions such as restless legs syndrome and sleep apnea. It may also be caused by certain meds. According to your 1st study, you do have plmd. If you had sleep apnea, and you second study was a titration study with cpap, reducing your apnea would also likely reduce your limb movements. Read more...
Not the same thing. Not every limb movement correlates with limb movement disorder. The diagnostic features of plms are complex, with an average interval of 20-40 sec., lasting 0.5 to 10 sec. And as a part of 4 consecutive movements at least 8 MCV in EMG amplitude increase above the baseline. These occur during nrem sleep. Only such movements are significant. There are many movements; few count towards illness. Read more...