Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder that affects the legs, causing an irresistible urge to move them. Research has shown that there may be a connection between RLS and venous insufficiency.
RLS is a condition characterized by an uncontrollable urge to move the legs, often accompanied by a tingling or burning sensation that makes it difficult to remain still.
Though RLS can occur at any time, it is most common at night, making it difficult to get a good night’s sleep. In severe cases, RLS can interfere with daily activities and lead to depression and anxiety.
If you think you may have RLS, talk to your doctor about treatment options.
Recent studies have found that many people with RLS also suffer from venous insufficiency. According to a study by The National Sleep Foundation, it was found that 98% of patients who received vein treatment noticed a reduction in restless leg syndrome symptoms.
Venous insufficiency occurs when there’s poor circulation in vein walls resulting in inefficient flow back towards the heart leading to pooling blood vessels becoming enlarged (varicose veins).
Varicose veins can cause venous insufficiency that can be tied to restless leg syndrome in some cases. Varicose veins occur when blood pools in veins instead of flowing back up into deeper veins towards the heart; this causes them to become enlarged and twisted, which can be painful and uncomfortable.
Symptoms associated with venous insufficiency include:
At-home treatment for varicose veins includes exercise, wearing compression socks during long periods of standing or sitting, elevating your legs when possible, and avoiding tight clothing around your waist or thighs which can constrict circulation.
When these options are unsuccessful, medical intervention is often necessary. At Well Life Family Medicine, we offer a range of treatment options for venous insufficiency:
It is important to see a doctor if you think you might have RLS, so an underlying cause can be ruled out and treated if necessary. In many cases, RLS is caused by venous insufficiency and can improve with treatment of the veins. If you are experiencing symptoms of RLS, contact us today for a consultation.Schedule A Consult