The precise cause of RLS is unknown, but it is thought to be related to an imbalance of the brain chemical dopamine. RLS symptoms typically occur at night and are often worse when lying down or sitting for extended periods of time.

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What is restless leg syndrome?

RLS sufferers often report feeling a "creepy-crawly" sensation in their legs and describe the urge to move as being unbearable. Although there is no cure for RLS, there are treatments that can help relieve symptoms. Exercise, stretching, and massaging the legs can all be helpful in managing RLS. In severe cases, medications such as dopaminergic drugs or iron supplements may be prescribed. If you think you may have RLS, NYBG veins can help you to obtain a proper diagnosis.

Why choose NYBG Veins for your restless leg syndrome treatment?

At NYBG Veins, we understand that not everyone has the same vein condition, which is why we tailor our treatment plans to meet your unique needs. Some patients may require a more extensive treatment plan than others, but we will always work with you to find the best solution. According to studies, 50-90% of women will develop vein disease at some point in their lives, so know that you are not alone in your quest to find a solution to your vein condition.

Dr. Ahn is highly experienced in cutting-edge vein treatments and has the needed expertise to get to the bottom of issues such as restless leg syndrome where others have failed before. If you are suffering from restless leg syndrome or any other vein condition, we encourage you to come in for a consultation so that we can discuss your treatment options. We are confident that we can provide you with the care and support you need to improve your quality of life.

What is venous insufficiency?

Venous insufficiency is a condition that occurs when the valves in the veins that carry blood back to the heart become damaged or weakened. This causes blood to flow backward and pool in the veins, which results in swelling, pain, and eventually ulcers. While venous insufficiency can occur anywhere in the body, it is most common in the legs. The condition is often worsened by sitting or standing for long periods of time, pregnancy, obesity, and genetic factors. Treatment typically involves wearing compression stockings to reduce swelling and taking medications to improve blood flow. In severe cases, surgery may be necessary to repair the damaged valves.

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How does restless leg syndrome (RLS) relate to venous insufficiency?

Several studies indicate that those with RLS also have venous insufficiency. When both conditions are present, RLS can be improved by treating varicose veins. The connection between venous insufficiency and RLS is not fully understood, but it is thought that vein problems may contribute to RLS symptoms.

If you have RLS and suffer from pain, heaviness, fatigue, or cramping in your legs, it is important to be evaluated by a vein specialist to see if venous insufficiency is contributing to your condition. Treating the underlying vein problem can provide significant relief from RLS symptoms.

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What are the symptoms of RLS?

Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a condition that causes an irresistible urge to move your legs. The urge to move occurs when you’re resting or lying down and is usually accompanied by an uncomfortable sensation, such as itching, tingling, burning, or throbbing. RLS can occur at any age, but it’s more common among older adults. It affects women more often than men. 

Types of RLS

There are two types of RLS: primary and secondary.

  • Primary RLS is the most common type and doesn’t have a known underlying cause. 
  • Secondary RLS may be caused by an underlying medical condition, such as iron deficiency, kidney disease, or pregnancy. 

Many people with RLS also have a family member with the condition. There is no cure for RLS, but treatments can help relieve the symptoms. 

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Treatments available for RLS

Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a neurological disorder that causes unpleasant sensations in the legs and an irresistible urge to move them. Symptoms typically worsen at night and can lead to difficulty sleeping. While there is no cure for RLS, there are treatment options available that can help to relieve symptoms.

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If you struggle with uncomfortable, painful veins, we invite you to discover a vein treatment center that delivers the most advanced treatments for a range of venous conditions, in a clinic that offers the highest level of compassionate care.

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