Although not painful, the condition is uncomfortable and bothersome, particular as it often affects you at night while you are trying to sleep.
In fact, according to Medscape, about 85 percent of people who have restless leg syndrome, have periodic movements of sleep, whereby they have involuntary backward flexing of the foot occurring on average every 30 seconds and lasting up to five seconds throughout their sleep.
At this time, unfortunately, the specific causes of RLS are not known. While research is still being conducted, one theory is that abnormal brain chemicals related to your neurotransmitters that help to control movement may be a causal factor. Another theory is that areas of the central nervous system abnormalities that controls automatic movements may be involved in the condition.
Secondary restless leg syndrome may be a result of another medical condition. Two of the most common medical conditions suggested to be linked to restless legs syndrome are iron-deficiency anemia (or having a abnormally low blood count) and peripheral neuropathy ( a condition often associated with diabetes that involves damage to the nerves in the legs, arms, and especially in the feet.)
It’s important to know though that in many cases the cause of RLS in patients is undiagnosed.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, 98 percent of people experiencing restless leg syndrome in a study found relief from their RLS symptoms after being treated with non-surgical sclerotherapy for varicose veins in their legs.
Many physicians believe that RLS is caused by underlying vein problems that when treated with this outpatient procedure, patients can find relief. Dr. Chris Pittman offers visual and ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy here at Vein 911 in Tampa, FL.
Pregnancy is another causative factor in RLS, which is estimated to affect 25-40% of pregnant women. The syndrome usually subsides within a few weeks after delivery. However, in one long-term, follow-up study, women who developed RLS during pregnancy had a 4-fold increased risk of developing chronic RLS compared with women who did not have RLS when pregnant.
There are several other remedies that you can look into that may help you reduce your RLS symptoms. You can:
If you are having trouble sleeping and believe you have restless legs syndrome, we encourage you to give us a call here at Vein911 in Tampa, FL at 855-396-8846. We are Tampa vein care specialists who will work with you to find viable treatment options for your restless legs syndrome symptoms.
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