Vein Disease Correlation with Restless Legs Syndrome


Vein disorders affect more than 30 million Americans each year. In fact, by the time most Americans reach 50 years of age, nearly 40 percent of women and 20 percent of men suffer from significant vein disorders. Many people with vein disease also suffer from restless legs syndrome (RLS). RLS is usually the reason many people schedule a doctor visit. However, because of a large overlap in symptoms, it is common for doctors to check for vein disease at the same time.

Vein Associates of Texas wants to diagnose and treat your vein disorder, alleviate RLS issues and improve your quality of life through minimally invasive, effective treatments.

What is the correlation between vein disease and RLS?

It’s late and you can’t sleep because you have an uncontrollable urge to move your legs around. You try everything, but find yourself pacing the floors. If this happens on a regular basis, you may suffer from a condition called restless legs syndrome. RLS is known for causing sensations of burning, itching and tingling in the legs, which can be especially annoying while you’re trying to fall asleep.

Approximately 22 percent of patients with RLS also suffer from vein disease. RLS occurs primarily in the legs, and when you compare its symptoms with varicose veins and venous insufficiency you will find that they are extremely similar. In fact, chronic venous insufficiency and varicose veins are a known cause of RLS. So if you visit your doctor for symptoms of RLS, you will likely be examined for venous insufficiency as well.

Symptoms of vein disease and RLS

If you suffer the following symptoms of vein disease, you may also have restless legs syndrome as a secondary condition:

  • Aches or pains
  • Muscle cramps
  • Itchiness
  • Swelling
  • Throbbing

Vein disorders can be painful and cause troublesome secondary conditions like restless legs syndrome, but there are ways to ease your discomfort. Contact Vein Associates of Texas at 888-653-2728 to request an appointment. We want to help ease your pain and improve your quality of sleep.


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