Venous Insufficiency and Restless Leg Syndrome
Restless Legs Syndrome affects up to 10% of the U.S. Population. RLS is caused by unpleasant sensations in the legs that typically appear when lying down and relaxing or sleeping. People with restless legs experience an uncontrollable urge to move their legs to relieve these sensations. RLS occurs in men and women, though the incidence is twice as high in women. RLS suffered are often unable to sleep, which negatively impacts many other aspects of life.
Venous insufficiency occurs when valves inside the veins that help transport blood back to the heart become damaged or fail. When this happens, blood flows backwards (towards the feet) and pools in the unhealthy veins, causing them to bulge and protrude above the skin surface.
How are Veins related to Restless Leg Syndrome?
Recent studies have shown that a significant percentage of people affected by RLS also have a form of venous insufficiency such as varicose veins. Those same studies showed that treating the vein issues also improves or resolves the symptoms of RLS.
The results of these studies strongly suggest that before initiating or continuing drug therapy, anyone suffering from RLS should be screened for venous insufficiency through the use of ultrasound imaging. We can perform the ultrasound at any of our Central Florida offices. It’s painless, takes just a few minutes, and is usually covered by insurance.
If venous insufficiency is found, we would encourage you to review the benefits of vein treatment options with the goal of curing the RSL. Patients have been very pleased. Call and find out more.