Restless Leg Syndrome
Some RLS Is Caused By Treatable Vein Issues
What is Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)?
RLS is a frustrating, difficult-to-describe feeling in the legs (and sometimes the arms) that creates an urge to move your limbs. Sitting still or lying down makes the symptoms worse.
The condition is both hard to describe and hard to diagnose. There is no known cause, but some RLS may be related to vein issues. If the symptoms are disruptive to sleep and life, it’s important to rule out an underlying vein condition.
Symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome
Odd sensations in the limbs such as:
- Creepy, crawling
The sensations cause a strong desire to move the limbs to get relief. The symptoms improve with exercise and become worse with rest or sleep.
Advanced Treatment Options
If we find the cause to be vein related, such as varicose veins or venous disease, we are able to provide treatment to restore proper blood flow. If the cause is not vein related, we’ll discuss our findings with your primary care physician. Other treatments, if vein issues are ruled out, may include diet and exercise, and potentially medications.
Seek Help for Restless Leg Syndrome
People are sometimes hesitant to see a doctor for RLS, because the symptoms seem odd and unbelievable. We know those sensations are real. If your legs are causing you to lose sleep and interfere with quality of life, it’s time to find relief.
Get Treated Sooner
Because we’re highly specialized, with seven treatment locations in the St. Louis area, we’re able to schedule your exam and treatment much sooner than other facilities. Call us at 314-849-0923 or complete this contact form to get started.
Schedule a Consultation
What To Expect
When you arrive, you’ll complete a new patient form, which will ask you to list all your current medications. Wear or bring a pair of shorts for the exam, or we can provide a pair. Then we’ll take your vital signs. Dr. Krikorian will discuss your concerns, examine your legs and perform an ultrasound to determine if a vein issue is causing your symptoms.
Dr. Krikorian may prescribe medications, or perform a vein procedure. See advanced treatment options above.
We’ll schedule a follow up visit 1-2 months after you start your medications or have a procedure.
Restless Leg Syndrome FAQ
If you are frequently disturbed by the feelings in your legs (or arms) especially when resting, and the only relief you find is with movement, it’s very possible you have RLS.
We will pre-certify any procedure or test prior to your appointment time to ensure it is a covered benefit through your plan.
Unless we find further venous issues, treatment for RLS usually consists of medications.
RLS may return if the cause is something venous related and it requires a procedure.