Are Restless Legs Syndrome and Vein Disease Related?

shutterstock_198043934The short answer from our vein specialists at Calcagno & Rossi Vein Treatment Center is “Yes”. Venous insufficiency, also known as venous reflux or vein disease, may be a factor for why so many people suffer from Restless Legs Syndrome.

RLS is a condition that causes an uncontrollable urge to move your legs in an effort to relieve nagging and uncomfortable sensations. What many people don’t know is that these feelings could be caused by vein disease.

There is a noticeable overlap between the symptoms associated with RLS and vein disease, which suggests that vein disease could, in fact, be responsible for your Restless Legs Syndrome. Vein disease often causes pain in your legs that can mirror those of RLS. The good news is that patients who have had treatment for vein disease have reported a reduction — and even the elimination — of RLS symptoms.

What are some of the symptoms associated with RLS?
RLS symptoms commonly occur while your legs are at rest and these symptoms are typically worst at night, often disrupting your sleep patterns and leading to sleeping disorders like insomnia. Symptoms of Restless Legs Syndrome include sensations in your legs such as:

  • Aching
  • Burning
  • Crawling
  • Itching
  • Moving, especially at night
  • Pulling
  • Throbbing
  • Tingling
  • Twitching

Do you suffer from RLS?
Because there is no way to diagnose and test for RLS, a process of elimination is used to determine if you have the condition. At Calcagno & Rossi Vein Treatment Center, Dr. David Calcagno and Dr. John Rossi will review the symptoms you’ve been experiencing and discuss your medical history, your family history, your current medications, and your sleep patterns.

Though there’s no way to test for Restless Legs Syndrome, ultrasound imaging can be used to detect whether vein disease is present and is contributing to your symptoms.

At Calcagno & Rossi Vein Treatment Center, we recommend that anyone suffering from RLS should be screened by a vein specialist to determine if vein disease is contributing to the problem. If vein disease is determined to be present, a customized treatment plan will be developed just for you.

For an accurate diagnosis about Restless Legs Syndrome, please call the vein specialists at Calcagno & Rossi Vein Treatment Center today at 717-921-1412. Our address is 2025 Technology Pkwy, Suite 304, Mechanicsburg, PA 17050.