Restless Leg Syndrome Specialist

Venaflux

Vein & Vascular Specialists Located in Granite Falls, NC and Seeing Patients from Hickory, Morganton, and Lenoir

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a frustrating condition that makes you feel like you need to move your legs, often to relieve an uncomfortable sensation. RLS typically strikes when you sit or lie down, like when you’re trying to fall asleep. RLS can also mimic venous insufficiency, which is often an overlooked cause.

Restless Leg Syndrome Q & A

What are the symptoms of restless legs syndrome?

The primary RLS symptom is an urge to move your legs. Other common characteristics of RLS include:

  • Uncomfortable sensations that begin at rest
  • Relief of sensations with leg movement
  • Worsening symptoms in the evening
  • Nighttime leg twitching

RLS causes leg sensations that can be difficult to describe but may feel like crawling, creeping, aching, throbbing, pulling, or an electric shock.

What causes restless legs syndrome?

Research suggests RLS may be due to an imbalance of dopamine, the brain chemical that controls muscle movement. However, RLS often occurs without a clear cause.

Certain factors can increase your risk for RLS, such as chronic venous insufficiency, iron deficiency, kidney failure, and peripheral neuropathy. Being pregnant or having a family history of RLS can also increase your risk. 

How is restless legs syndrome treated?

Treatment for RLS depends on the underlying cause. When RLS isn’t related to a vein disease, treatment may include nutritional supplementation, dietary changes, or medications to balance your brain chemicals. Taking baths, massaging your legs, and using warm or cold packs can also help.

If your primary care physician can’t identify the cause of your RLS, they may refer you to Venaflux to determine if chronic venous insufficiency is the problem. Venous insufficiency is when the valves in your veins weaken and allow blood to flow backward and pool in the legs- this leads to having the need to move your legs especially at rest to get the blood moving.

The board-certified vascular sonographer performs an in-office ultrasound to help the team diagnose or rule out chronic venous insufficiency as well as assessing for any deep vein thrombosis (DVT), also known as blood clots. Then, vein specialists at Venaflux recommend the best course of treatment using the most up-to-date technologies and procedures.

If your condition is severe, or if nonsurgical treatments aren’t effective, the Venaflux team may perform a minimally invasive procedure like endovenous ablation, ambulatory phlebectomy, or sclerotherapy.

To better understand why you have restless legs, call Venaflux, or book an appointment online today.