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Restless legs syndrome, or RLS, can impact your ability to get a good night's sleep. The condition can cause several symptoms, including difficulties concentrating throughout the day. In some instances, the condition is related to the development of varicose veins. If you suspect that you have RLS and you suffer from varicose veins, here is what you need to know:
How Are RLS and Varicose Veins Linked?
In many instances, RLS is a primary condition. In other words, RLS does not have a known cause that can be pinpointed. In other instances, it is a secondary condition that is directly related or caused by another condition. Varicose veins are a condition that can cause RLS to develop.
Varicose veins can cause several symptoms, including heaviness in the legs, burning, and pain. It can also cause pain and itchiness. These sensations are experienced by people who suffer from RLS. As the symptoms from the varicose veins worsen, so will the symptoms of RLS.
When you suffer from varicose veins, the flow of blood throughout your legs is restricted. The restriction means that blood sometimes pools up in your legs and some areas do not receive enough blood to keep your circulation at the optimal level. When this happens, RLS can occur.
What Can You Do?
If your doctor determines that the development of RLS is directly related to having varicose veins, treating the varicose veins will likely be the priority. By treating the condition, you can alleviate the symptoms that come with RLS.
The treatment options vary but usually starts with improving the circulation in your legs using non-invasive methods. For instance, your doctor could recommend wearing compression stockings throughout the day to keep the blood circulating throughout your legs.
If non-invasive methods do not work, the focus could turn towards removing the varicose veins. There are several procedures that are used to accomplish this, including sclerotherapy. Sclerotherapy involves using a solution that will cause the veins to scar. Over time, the scarred veins will close and start to fade.
In some instances, laser surgery and vein stripping are necessary. Vein stripping involves removing the veins from the legs. Although it might sound intensive, the procedure is usually done on an outpatient basis.
Talk to your doctor immediately if you believe that you have developed RLS because of having varicose veins. Failing to seek treatment could result in the condition worsening and having a bigger impact on your health.
Contact a medical office that offers treatments for varicose veins for more information and assistance.