Restless Legs Syndrome
Who Gets Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS)?
Restless legs syndrome or what we refer to as (RLS) may affect up to 10 percent of the U.S. population. It affects both sexes, but is more common in women and may begin at any age, even in young children. Most people who are affected severely are middle-aged or older.
(RLS) is often unrecognized or misdiagnosed. This is especially true if the symptoms are intermittent or mild. Once correctly diagnosed, (RLS) can often be treated successfully. Left untreated it can lead to worse conditions and even be life threatening. Here at the Alpha Vein Clinic Las Vegas it is our speciality to diagnose and treat restless leg syndrome!
What are common signs and symptoms of restless legs?
People with (RLS) feel the irresistible urge to move. This is accompanied by uncomfortable sensations in the lower limbs. The sensations in their legs are often difficult to define but may be described as aching, throbbing, pulling, itching, crawling, or creeping. These sensations less commonly affect the arms, and rarely the chest or head. Although the sensations can occur on just one side of the body, they most often affect both sides. They can also alternate between sides. The sensations range in severity from uncomfortable to irritating to painful.
Because moving the legs relieves the discomfort, people with (RLS) often keep their legs in motion to minimize or prevent the sensations. They may pace the floor constantly, move their legs while sitting, and toss and turn in bed.
Is RLS worse at night?
A classic feature of (RLS) is that the symptoms are worse at night with a distinct symptom-free period in the early morning, allowing for more refreshing sleep at that time. Some people with (RLS) have difficulty falling asleep and staying asleep. They may also note a worsening of symptoms if their sleep is further reduced by events or activity.
(RLS) symptoms may vary from day to day, in severity and frequency, and from person to person. In moderately severe cases, symptoms occur only once or twice a week but often result in significant delay of sleep onset. There would be some disruption of daytime function. In severe cases of (RLS), the symptoms occur more than twice a week and result in burdensome interruption of sleep and impairment of daytime function.
People with (RLS) can sometimes experience remissions. Spontaneous improvement over a period of weeks or months before symptoms re-appear. In general, however, symptoms become more severe over time.
People who have both (RLS) and an associated medical condition tend to develop more severe symptoms rapidly. In contrast, those who have (RLS) that is not related to any other condition show a very slow progression of the disorder, particularly if they experience onset at an early age; many years may pass before symptoms occur regularly.
There are numerous causes for (RLS) such as intake of stimulants (including caffeine), side effects of some medications (i.e. beta blockers and antidepressants), alcohol, pregnancy, drug withdrawal, anemia, and chronic liver or kidney failure. (RLS) is believed to be associated with a number of factors, including iron deficiency, peripheral neuropathy, Parkinson’s disease and other neurological disorders.
In addition, recent studies found that men who were diagnosed with (RLS) were approximately 40 percent more likely to die prematurely compared to men without the condition. There is a great overlap in the symptoms of vein disease and (RLS).
Chronic venous insufficiency and varicose veins can cause symptoms of (RLS). Recent medical research showed that 22 percent of patients with (RLS) also have venous insufficiency. Studies show that the treatment of venous insufficiency can relieve symptoms of (RLS). According to many new studies conducted in patients with (RLS) and venous insufficiency, 98 percent of patients experience relief from (RLS) symptoms by treating their venous insufficiency. Also 80 percent get long-term relief.
At the Alpha Vein Clinic Las Vegas, our experience and state-of-the-art equipment enables you to find out exactly what your condition is in only one appointment, you will receive a complete medical assessment by Dr. Kaveh. Over 90 percent of all treatments here at the Alpha Vein Clinic Las Vegas are covered completely or in part by insurance.
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