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What are the signs of restless legs syndrome? A top medical clinic shares what they see most often

Jun 1, 2019
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Restless legs syndrome, referred to by doctor as Willis-Ekbom disease, can affect around 10% of all people. While it may seem harmless at first, it is important to visit a specialist to diagnose its cause and reduce its severity. If you think you have this condition, look out for the following signs of restless legs syndrome:

Abnormal sensation deep within your legs

One of the most important diagnostic signs of restless legs syndrome is that you feel weird sensations in your legs. These can range from tingling, itching or a ‘creepy-crawly’ sensation to intense throbbing or pulling pain. While these mostly occur in your legs, you may also occasionally feel these in your arms or chest. Most commonly, these sensations occur simultaneously on both legs although they have been known to affect only one limb on occasion. These sensations usually occur at night, or when you are resting; you usually do not notice it when you are active during the day.

Uncontrollable urge to keep moving your legs

The sensation is so strong that you get the urge to move your legs. Moving your legs, either by walking or just swinging your legs seems to lessen the discomfort. This is what gives the disease its name.

Insomnia and daytime sleepiness

Since the uncomfortable sensations usually occur at night, you may not be able to sleep; you would be tossing and turning instead, trying to get rid of it. This makes you groggy during the day.

Cramps in your legs

Over time, the tingling or itching in your legs may progress to cramping. This may be severe enough to wake you up from a deep sleep.

Do you have an uncontrollable urge to keep moving your legs? This article describes the signs of restless legs syndrome, what causes it and what you can do to treat it.

Involuntary leg movements

Your legs may move spontaneously in a periodic, jerky fashion, without your being aware of it. This can happen both when you are awake or asleep. Sometimes, when you sleep, your legs can twitch involuntarily throughout the night, leaving you exhausted (and wondering why) when you wake up.

Is restless legs syndrome dangerous?

That depends on what is causing it. A small proportion of cases have no known cause, and may not seriously hinder your health. However, a large number of cases have been linked to some serious conditions. These include iron deficiency anemia, peripheral neuropathy, Parkinson’s disease, and autoimmune diseases such as Fibromyalgia and Rheumatoid arthritis. These diseases themselves, if left undiagnosed and untreated, may have serious consequences.

Since you would probably not know which of the above conditions is responsible for your restless legs, you should meet a physician who will guide you through a series of investigations to find out if there is any underlying cause.

One important condition linked to restless legs syndrome is chronic venous insufficiency, a disease of the leg vein valves that causes varicose veins and spider veins. Vein diseases are a fairly common condition that have been known to affect more than half of the American population. These vein diseases by themselves may not cause severe symptoms in the initial stages, so many people are not aware that they have them. Varicose and spider veins if left untreated, can lead to serious complications like skin ulceration and clots in your deep veins.

If you have restless legs syndrome and notice bulging leg veins, it is advisable to visit a vein specialist, who will screen you for chronic venous insufficiency.

How do you calm this constant need to move a body part?

There are three ways to calm this condition. Firstly, find out if you have any of the medical conditions linked to restless legs syndrome. Treating the underlying medical condition itself can help control the symptoms. Your doctor may put you on medication such as iron or vitamin supplements to help reduce the symptoms, if these are due to an underlying deficiency.

Secondly, your doctor can give you medication that will help improve symptoms. Opioid based painkillers such as codeine and tramadol can ease the discomfort. You may also be prescribed dopamine agonists, or levodopa, depending on how frequently you experience symptoms.

Thirdly, keep a note of what appears to triggers your attacks. Restless legs syndrome has certain well documented triggers that aggravate your symptoms. If you avoid these, you can reduce the attacks. The triggers include smoking, alcohol, caffeine, and a sedentary lifestyle. So cut down on the addictives, and remember to get a lot of exercise! Doing this will help you lose weight, and reduce stress, which also help reduce symptoms.

Vein diseases, including varicose and spider veins, and chronic venous insufficiency, are significant triggers for restless legs syndrome. Half the American population suffer from these diseases, so it is important that you get this ruled out. Seeing a vein specialist at a reputed vein center will help you determine whether or not you have Chronic Venous Insufficiency. If you do have this, fast, convenient and minimally invasive treatment options are available to remove your defective veins, and help calm your restless legs!

Vein Treatment Clinic offers a comprehensive diagnostic workup for restless legs syndrome, and state of the art, minimally invasive treatment for vein disease if you require it. If you have further questions, or would like to book an appointment with our exemplary team, visit our website, or call 855-386-0195.

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