Restless Legs

Premier Vein & Vascular

Vascular and Endovascular Surgery located in Tampa, FL & Largo, FL

If you experience uncontrollable urges to move your legs, restless legs syndrome might be to blame. At Premier Vein & Vascular in Tampa and Largo, Florida, board-certified vascular surgeon Saleem Saiyad, MD, Nestor Guerrero, ARNP-C, and their experienced team offer solutions to relieve restless leg symptoms and optimize your quality of life. Call the nearest office or book online today to learn more.

Restless Legs Q & A

What are restless legs?

Restless legs, also known as restless legs syndrome (RLS), is a condition in which you have constant urges to move your legs. It might result from uncomfortable sensations in your legs, especially in the evening or at night when you sit or lie down. Treatment at Premier Vein & Vascular offers you relief.

What are the symptoms of restless legs syndrome?

Common signs and symptoms you might experience with restless legs syndrome include:

  • Uncontrollable urges to move your legs
  • Symptom relief when you move your legs
  • Uncomfortable sensations when you sit or lie down
  • Nighttime leg twitching
  • Worsening symptoms in the evening
  • Crawling or creeping sensations
  • Pulling, throbbing, or aching discomfort
  • Itching sensations
  • Poor sleep quality
  • Daytime drowsiness

RLS can begin at any age and might worsen over time if left untreated. Restless legs syndrome can interfere with your sleep and everyday activities.

What are the risk factors for restless legs syndrome?

While restless legs syndrome can happen to anyone, common risk factors associated with the condition include:

  • Genetics 
  • Pregnancy
  • Older age
  • Being a woman
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Kidney failure
  • Iron deficiency
  • Spinal cord conditions
  • Diabetes
  • Alcoholism

Complications that can result from untreated restless legs syndrome include insomnia or other sleeping problems, depression, excessive daytime sleepiness, and impairments in your overall quality of life.

How is restless legs syndrome diagnosed?

To determine if you have restless legs syndrome, your provider at Premier Vein & Vascular reviews your medical history and asks about your symptoms. They complete a physical and neurological exam and might recommend blood tests or a sleep study to diagnose your condition and develop a treatment plan.

How is restless legs syndrome treated?

Your customized restless legs syndrome treatment plan depends on the severity of your condition. Premier Vein & Vascular might suggest:

Lifestyle changes

Healthy lifestyle habits that may alleviate RLS symptoms include massage, warm baths, heat or cold packs, sleeping in a cool, dark room, setting a regular sleep schedule, and getting at least seven hours of sleep each night. Cutting back on caffeine might help, too.

Foot wraps

Foot wraps specifically designed for people with RLS place pressure under your foot to offer symptom relief.

Dietary supplements

If restless legs result from a nutrient deficiency, such as iron-deficiency anemia, your provider might recommend dietary supplements or IV vitamin therapy to correct the deficiency.

Medications 

Taking certain medications can relieve symptoms associated with restless legs syndrome. Your provider at Premier Vein & Vascular lets you know which medicine, if any, is right for you.

Don’t live with uncomfortable restless legs that diminish sleep quality and your overall quality of life. Book an appointment with Premier Vein & Vascular by phone or online today.