Comprehensive Vein Treatment Center: Living with Restless Leg Syndrome

If you’re troubled by restless legs that twitch or tingle and disturb your sleep at night, your legs have a lot of company. According to the NIH, about 5-10% of adults in the United States have restless leg syndrome (RLS), and more women suffer from it than men do. And even though RLS usually develops after age 45, approximately 2-4% of kids have it, too. 

As an expert doctor and vein specialist, Imtiaz Ahmad, MD understands the importance of regular, restorative sleep to preserve and improve your overall health. If you have RLS, you can find relief (and better sleep) with custom-designed treatments at his Comprehensive Vein Treatment Center in Trenton, New Jersey. 

What RLS feels like

Although leg twitching is the most common symptom of RLS, it’s not the only one. In addition to — or instead of — twitching, you may experience:

You might also experience similar sensations in areas other than your legs. Men with RLS frequently have problems with erectile dysfunction (ED), too. If you have RLS, your symptoms usually improve when you get up and walk around, then worsen when you try to relax by lying down or sitting.

Why your legs won’t behave

Researchers haven’t been able to pinpoint a single cause for RLS. Though it tends to run in families, and so is probably affected by your genes, environmental factors can trigger RLS, too. 

If you don’t have enough iron in your blood or have low levels of red blood cells (aka anemia) — due to menstruation, pregnancy, or dietary deficiencies — you’re more likely to develop RLS. You also need sufficient iron to produce a neurotransmitter called dopamine. Low levels of dopamine are associated with RLS.

Certain medical conditions may cause or contribute to RLS, including:

You might also develop RLS because you use or consume:

During your RLS consultation, Dr. Ahmad takes a complete medical history, and notes any medications you’re currently taking. He conducts a physical examination and takes blood tests to rule out more serious conditions. He may order an ultrasound study to determine if faulty blood vessels, including varicose veins, contribute to, or are the cause of, your RLS.

How to quiet twitchy legs

Dr. Ahmad approaches each case of RLS on an individual basis and customizes a treatment plan based on the factors involved in your condition. He may recommend lifestyle changes, such as getting more exercise or adding iron-rich foods to your diet. Other treatment options include:

Don’t lose another night’s sleep to RLS.  Call our friendly office team at 609-890-2966 to set up a restless leg syndrome consultation today, or send us an online message.

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