Restless Legs Syndrome: What to Know Before Treatment

It’s frustrating, to say the least. That irresistible urge to move your legs in the middle of the night. The need to move your body so much that it interrupts your “down time” of reading or watching TV. If you’re having these symptoms, you could be among the nearly 15% of Americans who suffer from Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS).

RLS makes your body, mainly your legs, feel extremely uncomfortable. And just as you’re trying to stay still, sit or lie down, RLS symptoms spring into action to keep you from relaxing.

So, what causes these annoying, disruptive “pulling” and “throbbing” feelings in your legs? To date, scientists haven’t been able to agree on a root cause, but research is starting to show that RLS is connected to various vein conditions, such as venous insufficiency and varicose veins. 

Why it’s important to know the exact cause of Restless Legs Syndrome

Because of the different viewpoints on the cause of RLS (it has long been linked to neurological problems), it’s often misdiagnosed. Neurological disorders are generally treated with over-the-counter or prescription medications, which many people must take for the rest of their lives to get a good night’s sleep.

This is why it’s so important to find out what is causing your RLS 

Your doctor will begin by giving you a physical exam, review your family history and may order blood tests. However, you should also see a vein specialist, who can use ultrasound to determine if vein disease is the reason for your RLS.

Why vein-related RLS could be your “best case scenario”

If vein disease is triggering RLS, the good news is, today’s advanced vein treatments are highly effective. Most people are up and around the day of treatment with little discomfort, sleeping better, and instead of taking medication for life, they’re enjoying the health and cosmetic benefits that come with vein treatments.

Get to the bottom of RLS, with the local expertise of Carolina Vein Specialists

Don’t let RLS disrupt your life for one more day. Find out if vein problems are causing your condition. If so, our team of vascular specialists offers the very latest vein treatments to help relieve Restless Legs Syndrome in Winston Salem and Greensboro. And because we put patients first, you can count on us to be with you from diagnosis to treatment and aftercare.

To learn more or schedule an appointment in Greensboro or Winston-Salem, call 336-645-3824 or click here to use our online form.