If you have an uncontrollable urge to move your legs, especially at night when you’re trying to sleep, you may have restless legs syndrome. Vascular doctor, Imtiaz Ahmad, MD, offers treatment and management for restless legs syndrome at his office Comprehensive Vein Treatment Center in Trenton, New Jersey. If you suspect you have restless legs syndrome (RSL), call his office or book an appointment online to be evaluated today.
Restless legs syndrome occurs when your nervous system overreacts and sends signals that your legs need to move.
You experience sensations of pins and needles, itchiness, and crawly feelings in the legs, and sometimes other parts of your body. Because the responses are often worst when you lie down or sit, they can interfere with a good night’s sleep. Symptoms may be mild or severe.
About 10% of the population has the disorder, and it’s more common in women than men. Most people with the condition are in middle age or older.
You’re at higher risk if someone else in your immediate family has it. People with kidney failure, diabetes, and Parkinson’s often have restless legs syndrome as one of the symptoms of their conditions. Nutrient deficiency, particularly iron deficiency, can also cause restless legs syndrome. You may experience it during pregnancy or when taking particular medications, such as some antidepressants and allergy medications.
Chronic vein insufficiency and varicose veins can also cause symptoms of restless legs syndrome.
No specific test to diagnose restless legs syndrome exists, but Dr. Ahmad can use blood tests and comprehensive exams to rule out other severe conditions. He’ll also do a complete medical history and family history as well as evaluate your symptoms. He may order ultrasounds of your legs to determine if you have faulty veins that may be contributing to your problem.
There isn’t a cure for restless legs syndrome, but sometimes treating any underlying conditions can help relieve symptoms. If you have an iron deficiency, taking iron supplements can help immensely.
If venous insufficiency exists, Dr. Ahmad may recommend radiofrequency, microphlebectomy, or laser treatment to relieve varicose veins, along with related swelling and leg heaviness. Certain medications may also help, such as muscle relaxers and prescriptions that increase dopamine in the brain. Exercise, massage, warm baths, and avoiding caffeine can also help ease symptoms.
To find out more about how to relieve the symptoms of restless legs, call Comprehensive Vein Treatment Center or book an appointment online today.