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
  • Electric
  • Pulling
  • Throbbing
  • Aching
  • Itching
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 six 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

Consultation

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.

Procedures

Dr. Krikorian may prescribe medications, or perform a vein procedure. See advanced treatment options above.

Recovery

We’ll schedule a follow up visit 1-2 months after you start your medications or have a procedure.

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"Very Knowledgable!"Happy Patient
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After my stress test was normal, Dr. Krikorian explained that the test was around 70% accurate and that I should pay close attention to my body for any warning signs. A few weeks later I was exercising when my energy was zapped in less than 10 minutes and I had a pain under the sternum. I called Dr. Krikorian and he scheduled a cardiac catheterization the next day. He said I showed no sign of a heart attack but he found a 99% blockage in the circumflex artery, which he opened with a stent. I am grateful that he explained possible warning signs and then responded quickly with the catheterization and stent.
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"My Leg is Feeling So Much Better!"Marlene G.
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Dr. Krikorian performed a laser ablation to treat the vein disease in my right leg. I didn’t even realize how much my left leg hurt from varicose veins until he fixed my right leg! I thought the treatment would be painful, so I was so pleasantly surprised to find that it wasn’t.
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"No More Pain!"MaryAnn R.
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My daughter could not believe how good my legs looked! She is going to see Dr. Krikorian too. I was completely satisfied with my treatment and am no longer in pain. The result is fantastic and I highly recommend going to see Dr. Krikorian if you are experiencing any leg pain.
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"I Walked 2 Miles the Next Day!"Shirley M.
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I had suffered with varicose veins for years. I recently went to see Dr. Krikorian at Virtue Vein & Lymphatic Center where he told me everything I needed to know about vein disease and the treatment options. He performed a laser ablation on my diseased vein, and I was able to resume my normal activity the day after my procedure!
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"They Listen Very Well!"Jeff K.
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Dr. Krikorian is a busy man, but he will take the time necessary to really listen to you and figure out what the problem is. Most doctors these days seem to be talking to the computer, and not the person. Well, here it is the other way around.
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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.