Do You Have Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)?

by | May 8, 2020 | Blog, Venous Disease | 0 comments

Do you have Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)?

Do you feel the constant urge to move your legs? Do you feel quite uncomfortable, never quite able to find the right way to sit or lay down? If so, you may be experiencing Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS).

RLS can be very uncomfortable and patients with this syndrome can often have trouble with sitting, sleeping, or traveling. You might also feel unusual sensations such as a crawling, tingling, or pulling sensation in your legs. This is why patients have the constant urge to move, because it temporarily relieves these symptoms. 

While symptoms usually affect both sides of most people, some may only experience it on one side, depending on the severity of their RLS. In more mild cases, the symptoms may come and go, while in other more severe cases, the symptoms are more frequent.

Did you know that one of the often overlooked causes of RLS is venous insufficiency, or in other words, vein disease? This is because damaged veins make the legs feel achy, cramped, and tired. If you are diagnosed with venous disease and also have restless legs, getting treatment can often relieve most RLS symptoms for the long-term. 

There are a number of treatments available for your vein disease that will ultimately aid in the relief of your RLS symptoms. Endovenous Radiofrequency Ablation is a minimally-invasive procedure using a thin catheter inserted directly into the vein. Radiofrequency Ablation is performed in the office under local anesthesia, and usually takes less than 45 minutes to complete. It involves little to no pain, and most patients are back to normal activities immediately following the procedure. 

Ultrasound-Guided Sclerotherapy is another treatment during which deeper veins that are not visible on the surface may be treated by using duplex ultrasound together with sclerotherapy. Ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy is particularly helpful in treating larger, non-saphenous varicose veins.

If you’d like to learn more about treatment options and whether your RLS is a cause of venous insufficiency, click here to schedule your initial office consultation or FREE online screening with a board certified physician at Virginia Vein Care!