ARE YOU UP AFTER MIDNIGHT WITH LEG PAIN?
Have you been dealing with leg cramps or pain after a long day? Do you come home completely exhausted to find yourself just laying in bed awake because of restless legs or leg pain? Here at the Alpha Vein Clinic Las Vegas we have found out that leg cramps are often caused By vein problems and chronic venous insufficiency. Leg cramps, also known as a “charley horses” typically affect the calf and thigh muscle of the leg and cause great pain to the individual. Leg muscle cramps are a common issue, and occur during both the day and night, and leg cramps are often caused by vein problems.
If you have a vein problem you know how painful the leg cramps are. You have to get out of bed to stretch out your muscles to get them to relax. The next morning your calf feels like you ran a marathon. There are a number of reasons for cramps including fatigue, dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, medications, and circulation problems of the arteries or veins.
Muscles go through a natural process of contraction and relaxation as we use them in our daily activities. If a muscle contracts and does not relax, it becomes a cramp. Everyone has an occasional night cramp which is not associated with a serious underlying condition. If you have more frequent and severe muscle cramps this is a concern and it is advisable to come into our Las Vegas Vein Clinic to get evaluated.
Night leg cramps are one of the common symptoms of vein disease. Vein related cramps may have more than one factor. Understanding of the venous circulation and the changes that occur with vein disease sheds light on this problem.
Healthy veins collect the blood from the cells where oxygen and nutrients are extracted and carbon dioxide and waste products collected. The blood which is low in oxygen and high in waste products is returned to the heart and lungs and vital organs via the veins where it is replenished with oxygen and nutrients.
Healthy circulation relies on walking with pressure of the foot on the floor known as a (foot pump) and contraction of the calf muscle known as a (calf pump) to pump the blood up the veins. As the blood is propelled up the veins, one way check valves open and close directing blood up the leg veins and preventing it from falling back down. If the check valves are broken the venous blood refluxes back down the veins. This pooling of venous blood is a source of the symptoms of vein disease including leg cramps.
It is possible to suffer with venous reflux and leg cramps and have no noticeable varicose veins or spider veins. The symptoms of venous disease range from subtle to extreme leg cramps, leg swelling, tired, achy legs, skin changes in color and texture, superficial blood clots (SVT), bleeding varicose veins, leg ulcers to bulging and spider veins. It is no wonder that vein disease is underdiagnosed and undertreated.
So with all that said in conclusion if you have night cramps you may have undiagnosed vein disease with reflux. A simple and noninvasive duplex ultrasound can detect reflux. And we specialize in detecting the first sign of a vein condition here at the Alpha Vein Clinic Las Vegas.
To correct the underlying vein reflux and varicose and spider veins minimally invasive measures are now readily available here in Las Vegas. It is important to discover the true cause of your leg pain at night in order to eradicate the discomfort and get you back to uninterrupted sleep!
If you are suffering from painful varicose veins that are keeping you awake at night, request an appointment today at the Alpha Vein Clinic. Call to schedule an appointment and take the first step in restoring your beautiful, healthy legs at (702) 430-7661. We are excited to get you back to sleep!
Alpha Vein Clinic
3150 N. Tenaya Way Ste. 400
Las Vegas, NV, 89128
(702) 430 7661
Dr. Sassan Kaveh