Could Venous Insufficiency Be Causing Your Restless Leg Syndrome?

Restless leg syndrome makes getting a good night’s sleep nearly impossible. If you’ve experienced the strange, irresistible need to move your legs when you relax, you know just how disruptive it is! 

The pain specialists at Metro Pain and Vein Centers are experienced and skilled in treating restless leg syndrome. Although researchers don’t know exactly what causes restless leg syndrome, they have discovered that it’s related to venous conditions, particularly chronic venous insufficiency. 

By treating your venous insufficiency using the latest technology and techniques, our providers can ease the symptoms of your restless leg syndrome so you can finally get some sleep. 

What is chronic venous insufficiency? 

If your legs feel heavy and achy or your ankles and feet swell during the day, you may have chronic venous insufficiency (CVI). Your veins aren’t just hollow tubes running through your body. They have valves to prevent your blood from succumbing to the effects of gravity. 

When your blood flows from your feet back up to your heart, the valves open and close as your heart beats to keep the blood moving in the right direction. Over time, these valves can become leaky and not work right, allowing blood to pool rather than flow. One potential result is CVI, symptoms of which can include varicose veins and spider veins

When your blood pools, it raises the blood pressure in your veins. Over time, that increased pressure causes more damage to your veins. If CVI isn’t treated, it can lead to open sores that don’t heal properly. 

CVI and restless leg syndrome

Although scientists haven’t determined the exact cause of restless leg syndrome, they have discovered that treating venous insufficiency relieves the symptoms of restless leg syndrome. According to the National Sleep Foundation, 98% of patients with restless leg syndrome got relief from being treated for venous insufficiency in one study. 

There are several methods of treating veins that don’t work as they should. Most are nonsurgical approaches that involve making the malfunctioning veins close, forcing the blood to reroute through healthier veins. 

Sometimes closing the veins is accomplished with an injection of a specialized solution or with a microfoam called Varithena®. Vein ablation, which uses laser energy to close the veins, is another option. 

Regardless of which treatment your doctor suggests, the result is better blood flow and relief from your restless leg syndrome. 

If you’d like to learn more about how chronic venous insufficiency and restless leg syndrome are related, and discuss your personal situation with an expert, book an appointment at one of our 11 convenient locations. You can use our easy online scheduling tool, or simply give us a call and we’ll be happy to help.

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