Is Restless Leg Syndrome Related to Varicose Veins?

  • Did you know that restless leg syndrome, burning or itching legs, or a “heavy” feeling in your legs can all be symptoms of vein disease — and varicose veins?
  • Did you know that Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) may affect up to 10% of the U.S. population? Although both sexes can be afflicted by RLS, it’s actually more common in women and may begin at any age, even in young children. Most people who are affected severely by RLS are middle-aged or older.
  • Did you know that recent studies have shown that some people affected by RLS also have a form of venous insufficiency (vein disease) such as varicose veins? Furthermore, those same studies showed that treating the varicose veins has dramatically reduced or eliminated the symptoms of RLS.
  • Anyone suffering from RLS should be screened by a vascular specialist like Dr. James Robelen of Southern Illinois Vein Center through ultrasound imaging. If Dr. Robelen determines that you have venous insufficiency, we would encourage a full review of the risks and benefits of treatment of the veins with the goal of curing the RLS.
  • One hypothesis is that venous congestion or high pressures that is often associated with Restless Leg Syndrome, so relieving that congestion with vein treatments is often helpful.

To find our more about your Restless Leg Syndrome and Varicose Veins, call Southern Illinois Vein Center today in Marion, IL at (618) 998-VEIN (8346), in Mt. Vernon, IL at (618) 899-9112, and in Paducah, KY at (270) 444-7722.

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