The Connection between Vein Disease and Restless Legs Syndrome

The Connection between Vein Disease and Restless Legs Syndrome

Vein disease touches millions of Americans each year. By the age of 50, nearly 40 percent of women and 20 percent of men have developed significant vein disorders.

The Vein Clinic of Northeast Nebraska wants to diagnose and treat your vein care needs, help relieve your restless legs syndrome and improve your quality of life through effective treatment.

What is Restless Legs Syndrome and How Does it Link to Vein Disease?

Have you ever been lying in bed with an overwhelming urge to move your legs to relieve the discomfort you are feeling? If this happens to you on a regular basis, you may have Restless Legs Syndrome or RLS. RLS can cause sensations of itching, burning and tingling in the legs and can be particularly bothersome while trying to fall asleep.

An estimated 22 percent of patients with RLS also suffer from vein disease. Restless Legs Syndrome occurs mainly in the legs, and when you compare its symptoms with varicose veins and venous insufficiency, you will notice they are almost identical. In fact, chronic venous insufficiency and varicose veins can cause RLS. Because these two conditions are so closely linked, people who visit their doctor for symptoms of RLS are also examined for venous insufficiency. More often than not, people who do suffer from RLS have an underlying venous condition that needs to be identified and treated.

Signs and Symptoms of Vein Disease and RLS

Leg symptoms of vein disease and RLS are often very similar. These include:

  • Aches or pain
  • Muscle cramping
  • Itchiness
  • Throbbing or Swelling

Vein disorders can be painful and cause other conditions like Restless Legs Syndrome, but there are ways to alleviate your pain. Dr. Fennessy and the staff at the Vein Clinic of Northeast Nebraska want to help ease your discomfort, improve your quality of life–and sleep–and get you back to doing the things you enjoy. Call us at (402) 316-4320 to schedule an appointment with our vein doctor today!

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