Could Vein Disease be causing your Restless Leg Syndrome?
More than 30% of people who suffer from Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) also have problems in their leg veins, a condition called chronic venous insufficiency. RLS is a problem that causes an uncontrollable urge to move your legs, most often at night resulting in disturbed sleep for you and your sleeping partner. It is a common condition, but often without a clear cause. The usual treatments include; supplements, leg wraps, and even medications such as opioids and muscle relaxers. Unfortunately, these only treat the symptoms, but not the cause.
Chronic Venous Insufficiency
If your Restless Leg Syndrome is associated with a vein problems you are likely to have leg veins that have become inefficient with blood pools. This condition is called chronic venous insufficiency and results in tired throbbing legs with heaviness, cramps and varicose veins. Varicose veins and other vein diseases can cause constant pressure on surrounding muscles from fluid buildup in the veins. The distended veins apply pressure on the muscle all day but decompress at night. As the muscle is relaxing, it can cause twitching and other symptoms associated with RLS.
Oftentimes, a vascular cause for Restless Leg Syndrome is missed. Numerous studies have shown that more than 90% of patients treated with vein disease (venous insufficiency), that also had RLS, had complete relief from restless leg symptoms. These are patients that had been taking Restless Leg Syndrome medication for years without success. If you have RLS and signs of vein disease (which can be hidden), you should consider a complete ultrasound evaluation of your legs. Treating your veins with procedures such as Endovenous Laser Ablation (EVLA) may help you to eliminate the need for RLS medication.
Symptoms of RLS
- Involuntary Leg Movement
- Uncontrolled Kicking
- Leg Spasms
Symptoms of Vein Disease
- Appearance of Spider Veins
- Appearance of Varicose Veins
- Darkening or Changes in Skin Color
- Leg Swelling
- Restless Leg Syndrome
The symptoms associated with vein disease can be painful and unsightly. However, the bigger problem with vein disease is that it can adversely affect your health leading to; sleep problems, Restless Leg Syndrome, blood clots, thrombophlebitis, leg ulcers and strokes. Vein disease is progressive with many potentially serious complications. Treatment for it is covered by most insurance companies including Medicare. If you are suffering from RLS and your medication isn’t working, consider getting evaluated for vein disease. Call Advanced Surgical Arts at 972-612-1900 for an appointment.