"About 10 percent of the population is thought to suffer from Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS).
Are you one of them? Perhaps you or your bed partner are kept awake at night with the irresistible urge to move your legs; some people describe it as a “creeping” feeling in the legs; or tingling, burning, aching or numbness of the legs. These symptoms are worse at night or during periods of relaxation, such as lying down during the day.
The most common treatment for RLS is neurologic medication.
Unfortunately, these medications relieve the symptoms but they do not cure the condition and must be taken long term. There is a risk of side effects, as there is with any medicine you take. Any underlying conditions that might be causing or worsening the RLS symptoms should be treated before medication is begun.
Venous insufficiency, or varicose vein disease, is often overlooked as a possible cause of RLS.
Studies indicate that about a quarter of those with RLS also have venous insufficiency. In venous insufficiency the blood valves do not work properly and allow some of the blood to flow backwards and pool in our legs, which can result in bulging veins and cause symptoms such as pain, swelling, tiredness, redness or restlessness. When restless legs occur with venous insufficiency, the restlessness can be improved significantly by treating the varicose veins. A study published in the Journal of Phlebology reported that in patients with both RLS and venous disease, 98 percent had their RLS symptoms relieved with varicose vein treatment and 80 percent of experienced long-term relief!"
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