Restless legs syndrome
Restless legs syndrome, also known as Willis-Ekbom disease, is a common condition of the nervous system that causes an overwhelming irresistible urge to move the legs.
Symptoms of restless legs syndrome
The main symptom of restless legs syndrome is an overwhelming urge to move your legs.
It can also cause an unpleasant crawling or creeping sensation in the feet, calves and thighs.
The sensation is often worse in the evening or at night. Occasionally, the arms are affected, too.
Restless legs syndrome is also associated with involuntary jerking of the legs and arms, known as periodic limb movements (PLM).
Some people have the symptoms of restless legs syndrome occasionally, while others have them every day.
The symptoms can vary from mild to severe. In severe cases, restless legs syndrome can be very distressing and disrupt a person's daily activities.
What causes restless legs syndrome?
In the majority of cases, there's no obvious cause of restless legs syndrome.
This is known as idiopathic or primary restless legs syndrome, and it can run in families.
Some neurologists (specialists in treating conditions that affect the nervous system) believe the symptoms of restless legs syndrome may have something to do with how the body handles a chemical called dopamine.
Dopamine is involved in controlling muscle movement and may be responsible for the involuntary leg movements associated with restless legs syndrome.
In some cases, restless legs syndrome is caused by an underlying health condition such as poor blood flow in the legs caused by malfunctioning veins or varicose veins or diseased veins. This is due to impaired leg circulation, which causes blood pooling and inflammation that can lead to overactive nerves, possibly contributing to developing or worsening restless leg syndrome symptoms. Additionally, both varicose veins and restless legs syndrome tend to share similar risk factors and symptoms like discomfort and pain which can disrupt sleep and exacerbating restless leg symptoms.
Effective varicose vein treatments to relieve symptoms of restless legs syndrome While there is no direct cure for RLS, we offer effective varicose vein treatments that improve blood flow which alleviates symptoms.
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