What is Restless Leg Syndrome?
Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a condition consisting of an uncomfortable urge to move the legs occurring usually in the evening while at rest. A number of potential causes and treatments have emerged. One interesting association is venous disease.
Symptoms of RLS
Symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome can range from mild to severe. But may include:
- An urge or need to move your legs, usually accompanied by sensations such as numbness, tingling, crawling, itching, aching, burning, cramping, or pain
- During periods of inactivity such as a plane ride or sitting, the urge to move can worsen
- The urge to move can be totally relieved by activities such as stretching, walking, or exercising the affected muscles
- Evening or nighttime are often the worse time for RLS
Venous Disease and Restless Leg Syndrome
A number of restless legs syndrome patients have venous reflux or stasis, and significant improvement can often be achieved with vein treatments. You should first consult your primary care physician to rule out other causes and conditions. A visit with a vein specialist for performance of a Duplex ultrasound examination is also a good idea.