It’s not uncommon for people in their 30s, 40s, 50s, and older to start experiencing restless leg syndrome. It’s an unpleasant condition where one or both legs move uncontrollably, often when you go to bed. RLS can keep you from falling asleep or from staying asleep. Sometimes the symptoms can be relieved by getting up and walking around, but that’s often not helpful when you’re trying to get to sleep.

Why are the Atlanta vein specialists at VeinInnovations interested in RLS? Because the symptoms of RLS mimic many of the symptoms of Chronic Venous Insufficiency, CVI, which is the root cause of varicose and spider veins.

Is Venous Insufficiency Causing Your RLS?

Venous insufficiency is often the reason for restlessness. In fact, research has shown that a high percentage of people experiencing RLS have found relief from having their venous insufficiency condition treated. Some 80 percent have had long-term relief from RLS. However, RLS can also be caused by a number of neurological conditions. That’s why it’s best to see a doctor to determine the underlying cause of your RLS, and, if you have restless leg syndrome and vein diseaseRLS, have an ultrasound of your legs to determine whether or not valves in your veins have failed, allowing blood on its way up to the heart and lungs to be re-oxygenated to flow backward, pool, and build the pressure that may result in discomfort and restlessness.

Can RLS Be Treated?

We know that there are medications prescribed for RLS, but if the root cause of the restlessness is CVI, these medications are not likely to give relief, as they are addressing a neurological issue, and not the root-cause vascular issue. Some experts recommend avoiding the same sleeping position for an extended period of time. Actually, changing positions often is good for circulation in general.

Many medical professional also recommend avoiding any food or drinks with caffeine. However, these actions will only mask the symptoms if the problem is actually CVI. That’s why it’s essential to have an ultrasound screening to rule out CVI, and then a full set of tests to determine the cause of RLS, before taking any kind of medication.

At VeinInnovations, we have state-of-the-art diagnostic techniques to determine whether or not you are suffering from venous insufficiency, and then recommend a complete range of treatment options. In fact, VeinInnovations is the only practice in Atlanta offering every available treatment option.All options are minimally-invasive techniques requiring only local anesthesia and little or no downtime.

If you are suffering from RLS, even if you don’t have varicose veins, call or contact us online. We will schedule an appointment to determine whether or not the underlying cause of your condition is CVI. If so, you are likely to experience relief shortly after your procedures.