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      Restless Leg Syndrome Specialist in Overland Park KS

      Restless leg syndrome can be extremely difficult to live with. It can cause discomfort and sleep deprivation as it usually occurs while trying to relax or sleep. Restless leg syndrome can have a connection to some vascular issues, but if treated correctly, symptoms can improve. It’s important to discuss your symptoms with a doctor and determine the cause of your restless legs.

      Interventional Cardiologist Dr. Ronnie G. Smalling at Smalling Vascular Institute specializes in vascular issues and can help diagnose the root cause which can get you back on track to a comfortable life.

      Get on the road to recovery by talking to Dr. Smalling at the Smalling Vascular Institute today by calling (913) 912-3624 or contacting us online today.

      What Is Restless Leg Syndrome?

      Restless leg syndrome or RLS is a condition that causes uncomfortable sensations in your legs as well as an overwhelming urge to move your legs. It usually occurs when sitting or trying to sleep. Moving the legs temporarily eases the discomfort.

      What Are the Symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome?

      The most common symptom is an overwhelming urge to move your legs. This can also be accompanied by a tingling sensation or muscle tightening, with movement or stretching being the only immediate source of relief.

      Signs of RLS include:

      • muscle cramps
      • tingling/burning sensation
      • urge to move legs
      • symptoms increasing at night or when trying to relax
      • symptoms decrease when moving around

      Usually, these symptoms affect both legs, but some people can experience them in only one leg. Symptoms can also appear in other parts of the body such as the arms, but this is less common. These symptoms can range from very mild to quite debilitating and can occur occasionally or every day.

      Typical Causes of Restless Leg Syndrome

      Most of the time, the cause of RLS is unknown. There are some common issues that may be causing your restless legs:

      • stress or anxiety
      • genetics
      • pregnancy
      • environmental factors

      However, RLS can also be a symptom of another health problem such as diabetes, neuropathy, or venous insufficiency.

      Risk Factors

      It’s important to find out if there is a health issue causing RLS because if it’s left untreated, your health could be at risk.

      Risk factors for RLS include:

      • iron deficiency
      • kidney failure
      • neuropathy
      • venous insufficiency

      If you are experiencing symptoms of RLS, it’s important to talk to a doctor to determine if there is a more serious cause that can be treated.

      Connection to Venous Insufficiency

      Venous insufficiency is a circulatory problem that occurs when the valves inside your veins malfunction. A small amount of the blood that flows through your veins and up to your heart can pool and cause a clot. This results in high blood pressure and the veins in your legs can swell and protrude from the skin, known as varicose veins.

      Other symptoms of varicose veins include:

      • throbbing
      • itching
      • chronic pain
      • muscle cramping
      • skin discoloration

      Though not all cases of RLS are caused by venous insufficiency, there is a connection between the two conditions. If your venous insufficiency is treated, your symptoms of RLS can improve.

      Treatment Options

      Although there is no cure for RLS, there are ways to relieve symptoms. Treatment for RLS may vary from person to person depending on their symptoms.

      Medication treatment options for RLS include:

      • sleep aids
      • muscle relaxants
      • neuropathy medication

      Home remedies include:

      • reducing caffeine intake
      • massaging legs before sleep
      • yoga or stretching
      • soaking in a warm bath before sleep
      • sleeping with a pillow between legs
      • removing electronic distractions

      Making sure your pillows and mattress are comfortable and you have a calming sleep environment can also help. Try keeping a consistent sleep routine each night. This can include stopping electronic use at least 30 minutes prior to sleep and doing meditation or something relaxing to prepare for sleep.

      Home treatment of RLS caused by varicose veins includes:

      Home remedies can greatly reduce symptoms, but you may need professional help treating your varicose veins. At Smalling Vascular Institute, there are several treatment options available:

      • Sclerotherapy, removal of varicose veins by injecting a sclerosant liquid substance into the veins.
      • Thermal Ablation, closing target veins through laser therapy.
      • Phlebectomy, the removal of varicose veins through skin incisions.

      You can be screened for varicose veins and other venous insufficiency issues at the Smalling Vascular Institute.

      Request Your Consultation Today!

      Find out what’s causing your restless legs and get help now! Make your appointment at (913) 912-3624 or contact us online.

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      Overland Park, KS 66210
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