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Restless Leg Syndrome and Vein Health

 

Doctors have made a link between varicose vein diseases and restless leg syndrome (RLS). While the cause of RLS is still shrouded in mystery, itís been proven that many patients with the condition also have vein disease.

What Is Restless Leg Syndrome?
The condition is marked by tingling, throbbing, crawling, discomfort or even pain in the legs, which is oftentimes relieved by patients moving around. The University of Maryland Medical Center states that one in seven patients with varicose veins also have RLS.

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Restless leg syndrome can cause fatigue due to the fact that it usually strikes at night. Fortunately, there's relief for varicose veins, and when this health issue resolves, restless legs syndrome usually subsides.

Top Reasons to Pay Attention to Veins
By reducing varicose veins, patients will minimize the risks of health conditions like:
  • Leg Ulcers ? which can lead to disability and limb loss.
  • Blood Clots ? which can strike at any time and even be fatal.
What Are Varicose Veins and Symptoms?
Varicose veins are marked by swollen veins that can be visible to anyone who gets close. These may be embarrassing, but they carry graver outcomes, including the risks outlined above.

Risks Factors for Restless Legs Syndrome
  • Women are more predisposed to RLS than men according to studies.
  • Age increases the risk of RLS, as well as varicose veins.
  • Genetics, as individuals with parents that have been diagnosed with vein disease will be predisposed to the condition, as is the case with Restless Legs Syndrome.
When doctors determine that RLS is connected to varicose vein disease, a treatment plan will normally follow, and this can include:
  • Ultrasound Guided Foam Sclerotherapy
  • Endolaser Vein Removal

Tips for Choosing a Provider
Look for providers with the following features:
  • Ultrasound Testing - To first determine the condition of the vein disease, ultrasounds are conducted to see below the outer layer, and pinpoint where to treat. This takes out the guesswork and provides specialists with concrete analysis.
  • Non-Invasive ? The techniques outlined are non-invasive. They minimize or remove veins significantly, and free up the blood flow structure once and for all.
  • A Team ? anesthesia is used in some cases to minimize pain. This can be performed by an anesthesiologist or a trained physician.

Don't suffer from RLS. It's manageable and oftentimes treatable, by eliminating vein disease. Search for a doctor in your area by asking for referrals or browsing providers online.

Dr. Thomas Wright is a board certified liposuction and cosmetic surgeon in St. Louis, MO.