Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a condition causing leg discomfort. Common symptoms of RLS include:
These symptoms trigger an overwhelming need to move your legs.
Up to 90% of people with RLS also experience periodic limb movement disorder (PLMD), in which leg muscles tighten and twitch at least once a minute during sleep.
Usually, RLS happens at night, so it often disrupts sleep and causes daytime drowsiness, irritability, and other problems. About 10% of Americans have restless legs syndrome today.
The cause of RLS can be hard to detect, but most commonly, it is associated with vein problems. The swelling from the vessels causes compression on the nerves in the lower limbs and results in the symptoms associated with RLS. Experts believe that may play a role in many cases.
Numerous studies have established a connection between varicose veins and restless legs syndrome. In several studies, people with both varicose veins and RLS symptoms experience significant relief after the vein issues are treated.
If your RLS symptoms interrupt your sleep or leave you feeling exhausted during the day, it’s time to contact Colorado Skin and Vein to schedule an evaluation.
The team will perform a comprehensive evaluation, including a physical exam and vascular imaging, to determine the cause of your symptoms. Then, they will prescribe a personalized treatment plan to get your RLS under control.
Colorado Skin and Vein offers effective varicose vein treatments, including:
The team discusses all the varicose vein treatment options in detail and helps you make the best choice for you. Most patients with RLS and varicose veins experience an immediate decrease or even complete elimination of their uncomfortable symptoms.
Call Colorado Skin and Vein or click on the online scheduler to book your appointment today.