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If you have restless legs syndrome, then you know how annoying all the twitching and jerking is, especially when you are trying to wind down at the end of the day. Restless legs syndrome is categorized as a sleep disorder due since my symptoms happen at night, but it’s also classified as a movement disorder because individuals must move their legs to mitigate symptoms. Regardless of how it’s categorized, you want to make it go away, and that means getting to the root cause, which is sometimes leaking veins from vein disease.

What is Restless Legs Syndrome? 

Restless legs syndrome is an controllable urge to move your legs. Moving your legs can ease those urges, but they almost always come back. It’s been known to keep people awake at night, and their bed partners, causing fatigue. You may also feel your legs jerk or twitch on their own. Symptoms commonly grow worse as you approach the evening hours, and your leg pain is only reduced when you are moving. What makes the condition even more frightening is that it can be developed at any age, so it does not just affect older people.

Symptoms of Restless Legs Syndrome

People suffering from the disorder report sensations of throbbing, aching, itching, and even crawling in the legs or any affected areas. Symptoms commonly grow worse as you approach the evening hours, and your leg pain is only reduced when you are moving. What makes the condition even more frightening is that it can be developed at any age, so it does not just affect older people. However, it is more prevalent in women than in men. Those with restless legs syndrome often deal with a constant need to move, and this urge is paired with an uncomfortable feeling in the lower limbs. Other sensations include:

  • Creeping, crawling feeling
  • Itching
  • Throbbing, aching
  • Pulling

Restless legs are also known to zap your energy. It can also cause next-day symptoms due to the lack of good sleep, including:

  • Tiredness
  • Irritability
  • Lack of concentration
  • Difficulty focusing

Vein Disease and Restless Legs Syndrome

Vein disease is one of the principal causes of restless legs syndrome, wherein the problem of restless, aching legs arises from the valves in damaged veins. One study made a connection between venous reflux and restless legs syndrome, showing improvement in symptoms once venous insufficiency was corrected. Luckily, you can seek help from a vein specialist to treat the condition and help minimize any discomfort. Vein treatment, including endovenous laser treatment, can get rid of your vein problems so you are well on your way to healthier legs.

Self-care

The good news is that there are several ways that you can go about trying to reduce the pain caused by restless leg syndrome. 

  • Exercise. You don’t usually hear about exercise helping bothersome legs, but in this case, it can make all the difference in reducing symptoms. Be sure not to exercise too much, however, as overdoing it could cause even greater pain in your legs. 
  • Yoga. Taking up yoga as a way to destress and relieve mild symptoms is a great idea if you have RLS. It is made up of lots of movement and helps with anxiety, stretching, flexibility, and most importantly, RLS. Practicing yoga can lower symptoms such as stress, hypertension, and poor sleep. 
  • Increase iron intake. In some instances, the pain connected to RLS can be caused by having low levels of iron. A simple solution to decrease symptoms is to take iron supplements that are available over the counter. 

Our vein specialists can give you a free consultation for pinpointing the veins that cause your tiredness and loss of energy, recommending treatment options that can rid you from chronic venous insufficiency.

You don’t have to live with the pain and fatigue of varicose veins and the symptoms will not go away by themselves, so get your free consultation and plan treatment for your varicose veins now!