Varicose veins cause several problems. We often focus on the appearance of varicose veins when, at some point, that is the least concerning aspect of venous insufficiency. Varicose veins and restless leg syndrome often go together. Restless leg syndrome, RLS, is the condition that causes a strong urge to move the legs. This sensation of needing to move, twist, or kick often occurs when a person is trying to sleep. So, the constant need to move the legs then makes it difficult to get a good night’s rest. It is actually good news to recognize the relationship between varicose veins and restless leg syndrome because it gives us hope that, by treating one, we may resolve the other.
How Varicose Veins and RLS Go Together
It must be said that doctors do not always find a cause for restless leg syndrome. Furthermore, there could be several potential reasons the legs must move at inopportune times. For some it may be a neurological condition. For others, restless leg syndrome may occur during a particular time or event, such as pregnancy. Varicose vein disease is one of a few potential causes and, when it is identified, can be treated.
There are two types of restless leg syndrome, primary and secondary. Primary is diagnosed when doctors cannot find an underlying cause. Secondary RLS occurs as a result of an identifiable medical condition. Varicose veins may be that condition because of the discomfort of swollen veins. In addition to swelling, varicose veins cause sensations such as heaviness, cramping or aching, and itching, all of which may create a larger sensation of needing to move the legs compulsively.
Varicose Vein Treatment in Woodbridge and Fredericksburg
At the Vascular Institute of Virginia, patients can expect to receive outstanding care. We are a vein treatment center of excellence offering two efficient and comfortable forms of varicose vein treatment. Sclerotherapy is a proven, conservative treatment option that works by injecting FDA-approved sclerosing medication into affected veins. The veins close and fade away, while blood re-routes through healthier veins. Our other treatment, Endovenous Laser Therapy (EVLT) closes veins by directing laser energy into them. Both treatments are suitable for most patients, and both achieve good results.
Restless leg syndrome may go away once varicose vein symptoms are halted. To schedule your consultation for treatment, call 703-763-5224.