Have Restless Leg Syndrome? How Your Veins May Come Into Play

If you dread going to bed every night because you get restless leg syndrome or RLS, then you are not alone. In fact, studies indicate that an estimated 10% of adults in the US suffer from this neurological condition. By causing the urge to want to move both your legs and your arms when you go to rest at night, having RLS can make you feel like you may never get a good night’s sleep again. But, what if we told you that your veins might be leading to your RLS syndromes? Let’s take a closer look at the correlation between these two things.

How Do Your Veins Affect Your RLS?

Varicose veins are caused by a condition called venous reflux, which is when the blood starts to pool in the veins rather than being pushed back up to the heart. Patients who have venous reflux are thought to have more of a chance of getting RLS than others because of the lack of blood circulation. Luckily, we have a variety of treatments at our office to help treat patients with this condition.

How Can Venous Reflux Be Treated?

Compression Stockings: With patients who are only at the beginning of venous reflux, it may be treated with something simple like compression stockings and leg elevation.

Endovenous Laser Ablation: This treatment uses a thin laser fiber which inserted into the vein. Then, the laser is turned on, which heats the vein walls and causes them to collapse.

Endovenous Radiofrequency Ablation: During this treatment, a small catheter will be inserted inside of the vein. When radiofrequency energy is turned on, it converts to heat and collapses the vein.  

Sclerotherapy: This is the oldest vein treatment and involves injecting a sclerosing agent (like saline) into the veins. This solution will irritate the veins and cause them to collapse eventually.

If you think that your RLS is exacerbated by your veins, then contact our office for a consultation. To learn more, call 817.235.0769.

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