Could Varicose Veins Give Me Restless Leg Syndrome?
Varicose veins are often unappealing to look at, but they can also trigger pain and discomfort in some patients. Sometimes, these veins can trigger restless leg syndrome (RLS), a condition where a person has a strong desire to keep moving their legs.
Board-certified general surgeon Dr. Matthew Lynch can help treat varicose veins and reduce your potential to experience restless leg syndrome with comprehensive vein services at Lynch Vein & Aesthetics in Peoria, AZ.
How are these two problems linked?
Varicose veins will appear in the legs when the valves in certain veins are not working well. The vein walls can become weak and stop working effectively, producing discolored lines and occasional bulging in the legs. Patients often feel pain and a heavy sensation in their legs as these veins develop, and might have an increased risk of developing blood clots in the veins.
These veins can also cause restless leg syndrome, as reports from journals suggest that a majority of people with varicose veins also exhibit symptoms similar to patients with RLS. Some of these symptoms include cramping in the legs, swelling, and irritation that trigger constant leg movements. These concerns can become worse at night as the leg veins struggle to get blood to flow back to the heart.
The restricted blood flow in the legs will cause them to feel more active, especially when you’re trying to sleep. Proper correction is necessary for reducing the impact of the condition and managing your body.
How we can help
Dr. Lynch at Lynch Vein & Aesthetics can help treat varicose veins to reduce their appearance and control the common signs of RLS by controlling the swelling in your veins and improving blood flow.
One solution we provide is sclerotherapy, a procedure where a solution is injected in a vein to prompt impacted veins to collapse and fade while blood is rerouted to healthier veins. We also use the minimally-invasive microphlebectomy for veins that are closer to the surface. This treatment enhances the blood flow in the areas that need it most.
Every patient will have unique treatment needs for resolving their varicose veins, so Dr. Lynch will complete a thorough analysis of your situation to see which of our various treatments can work for you.
Patients notice many positive results as their varicose veins disappear, such as a lowered risk of vascular conditions, fewer dark lines and spots around the legs, and improved blood flow. You may also feel a little more energetic, as it is easier for blood to flow back toward the heart as the vein issues are resolved, and blood can flow through as necessary.
Contact us for varicose vein treatment in the Phoenix area
Varicose veins can cause all sorts of problems, including pain, swelling, and heaviness in the legs, and even trigger restless leg syndrome. With help from Dr. Matthew Lynch and the experts of Lynch Vein & Aesthetics, we can help treat varicose veins and other issues to restore your quality of life. We provide excellent vein treatments for patients near Peoria and elsewhere in the Phoenix area, so visit us online to learn more about our work and schedule a visit.