Feeling the need to continually move your legs to relieve the unpleasant sensations you’re experiencing is the classic symptom of restless leg syndrome. The expert team, led by board-certified physicians Muhammad Khan, MD, and Ambreen Ashfaque, MD, at Cardiac Center of Texas in McKinney, Texas, uses their considerable skills and experience coupled with the latest diagnostic and treatment technologies to address restless leg symptoms and any underlying causes. Reduce stress and discomfort and improve the quality of your sleep by calling Cardiac Center of Texas today or book an appointment using the online form.

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What is restless leg syndrome?

If you have restless leg syndrome (RLS), your legs feel oddly uncomfortable, which makes you move them constantly to relieve your discomfort.

RLS is usually worse if you sit down for long periods and when you go to bed. If you have restless leg syndrome, it’s likely to be keeping you awake at night and can be a constant nuisance.

Another name for restless leg syndrome is Willis-Ekbom disease. Sometimes the name gets shortened to RLS/WED. This condition can start at any time but tends to be more of a problem in older people.

Many people who suffer from restless leg syndrome also have periodic limb movement disorder. This condition causes your legs to twitch when you’re sleeping and can make you kick out while you’re asleep.

What are the symptoms of restless leg syndrome?

RLS symptoms can be difficult to describe. Patients who have RLS describe the way their legs feel using terms as diverse as:

  • Crawling
  • Pulling
  • Throbbing
  • Aching
  • Creeping
  • Itching
  • Electric shocks

RLS doesn’t make your legs numb or give you crampy feelings. The defining symptom is the irresistible need to move your legs.

What causes restless leg syndrome?

The cause of restless leg syndrome isn’t entirely clear to medical researchers. There could be a connection with the neurotransmitter dopamine, a chemical in your brain that transmits messages controlling muscular movements.

There could also be a genetic link, as restless leg syndrome tends to run in families. Nutrient deficiencies could be involved as well, for example, a shortage of iron in your body. Conditions like chronic venous insufficiency could also make your legs uncomfortable and lead to restless leg syndrome.

If you develop restless leg syndrome when you’re pregnant, your symptoms typically go away after the birth.

Women tend to experience restless leg syndrome more often than men.

How is restless leg syndrome treated?

You might need to take medication to relieve the symptoms of restless leg syndrome. The most effective options are dopamine enhancers, muscle relaxants, and anti-seizure medications. If you have a nutrient deficiency, you might also benefit from taking supplements.

If you have chronic venous insufficiency or other circulatory problems, the Cardiac Center of Texas vein specialists use advanced treatments like the Venefit™ Procedure radiofrequency ablation, microphlebectomy, and sclerotherapy to treat the veins and improve your circulation.

Long-term, making changes to your lifestyle like losing weight, increasing your exercise, and eating a healthy, well-balanced diet can all help improve your vein health as well as your overall health.

Cardiac Center of Texas provides the most up-to-date treatment solutions for the frustration and discomfort of restless leg syndrome, so call their North Texas office today to schedule a consultation or book an appointment online.