Flickr_-_Nicholas_T_-_Limbs__n__SuchAs we get into our 40s and beyond, many things begin to happen to our bodies that we never experienced before. One of them is a movement disorder called restless leg syndrome, or RLS. Our Atlanta vein specialists see a number of patients with RLS, which feels like a tingling or crawling underneath the skin and makes you feel the urge to move your legs. Sometimes the legs will even jerk uncontrollably.

Symptoms most often occur as people are trying to get to sleep. It can even wake people up during the night. However, some people experience symptoms when they’re seated for long periods as well.

Who Is Most Likely to Get RLS?

Restless leg syndrome affects up to 15 percent of the population, but it’s even more common in seniors and women. It’s still a bit of a mystery to researchers. There are a number of potential causes, including heredity.

Many of our patients complain of restless legs. They may not have the neurological disorder, RLS, at all, and simply have vein disease.

Is Your RLS Caused by Vein Disease?

If you have vein disease, vein treatments can relieve the symptoms of restless legs as well as varicose veins and fatigue and discomfort in the legs. In fact, many patients who had vein removal treatments have reported relief from their restless legs at night.

When you come to VeinInnovations, we will conduct a complete medical evaluation including an ultrasound examination to determine if you have vein disease, and which veins are impacted. Even people who don’t have noticeable varicose veins can have CVI.

What Else Can Cause RLS?

If you have RLS, but you aren’t diagnosed with vein disease, there are a number of other potential causes, including:

  • Central nervous system abnormalities
  • Neurological abnormalities in the spine or brain
  • Cortisol or iron deficiency
  • Family history
  • Certain medications
  • Caffeine and other stimulants

What Can VeinInnovations Do For You?

If you do have vein disease, we offer a variety of non-invasive, virtually pain-free procedures that treat the diseased or malfunctioning veins. Blood will automatically be redirected into the other veins for improved circulation. This will most likely relieve your RLS symptoms as well as any other symptoms caused by these damaged veins. About 90 percent of these vein treatment procedures are covered by insurance.

If you’re experiencing the unpleasant symptoms of RLS, call us or contact us online to schedule an appointment at our of our conveniently-located Atlanta vein centers. We look forward to improving your life.