What Is Restless Leg Syndrome?

Restless Leg Syndrome, or RLS, is a common condition that sadly affects as much as 10% of the American population. RLS is usually classed as a sleep disorder, because its symptoms are an uncontrollable urge to twitch or move your legs compulsively while falling asleep. Naturally, this makes it difficult to fall asleep or remain asleep, so over time RLS can cause chronic sleep deprivation.

Other symptoms that can indicate the presence of RLS include aching legs and feet, feelings that you have an itch you can’t scratch, buzzing sensations, feeling that your skin is “crawling,” or noticing that your limbs are jerking uncontrollably. These symptoms can appear any time you relax, not just when trying to go to sleep at night.

Many treatments have been used to manage RLS symptoms, and interestingly enough one of them is related to vein disease and poor circulation. Research has determined that RLS is common in patients who also have varicose veins, and that their RLS symptoms went away when their varicose veins were removed using ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy. In one study, 99% of patients who had their varicose veins removed with sclerotherapy reported that their RLS symptoms went away as well.

So if you suffer from RLS and you have varicose veins, you should consider making an appointment with the best varicose vein doctors in Hudson County at Cross County Cardiology to ask whether sclerotherapy can help eliminate your Restless Leg Syndrome at the same time it improves your appearance and your overall health.

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