Restless Legs Syndrome

Willis-Ekbom disease, more commonly known as restless legs syndrome, is a condition that causes an uncontrollable urge to move one’s legs. Typically, an uncomfortable sensation will cause this need to move and it happens most often in the evening while you’re sitting or lying down. It’s estimated that 7-10% of the US population suffers from restless legs syndrome. While restless legs syndrome typically has no cure, there is one treatable cause that tends to get overlooked: varicose veins.

What issues can restless legs syndrome cause?

One of the biggest issues for people with restless legs syndrome is the lack of sleep, affecting many aspects of their lives like decreased concentration, mood changes, exhaustion, and decreased productivity. Lack of sleep also contributes to depression and anxiety.

Varicose veins and restless legs syndrome

Restless legs syndrome is a neurological sleep disorder, which means that symptoms come from the brain. However, it’s possible to have secondary restless leg syndrome where an underlying medical condition is causing the constant movement. Studies show that about 22% of people with restless legs syndrome also suffer from venous insufficiency. 98% of those suffering from restless legs syndrome due to vein disease found significant improvement in symptoms after undergoing varicose vein treatment.

All veins have one-way valves to bring blood up to the heart. If the vein valves aren’t functioning properly, the blood can’t flow up efficiently and veins can begin to swell and enlarge. This damage causes varicose veins. Varicose veins can result in pain, fatigue, itching, burning, cramping, restlessness, and throbbing in the legs – similar to the feelings brought on by restless legs syndrome.

What varicose veins treatments can help with restless legs syndrome?

If varicose veins are causing restless legs syndrome, there are multiple procedures that can help. Summit Skin and Vein Care offers Endovenous Laser Treatment (EVLT) and Sclerotherapy as treatment options for varicose veins. Schedule your free vein screening today and we’ll discuss the best treatment options for you.

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