Have you ever experienced a general leg discomfort? Perhaps leg heaviness, a burning sensation, or possibly describing a feeling like having soda in your veins? This sensation usually occurs in the calves, but could also be noticeable in the thighs or feet. Generally, a pain or discomfort comes from strenuous movement or exercise, but these feelings, which are symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS), come from too much rest. A lot of time, it could be experienced while lying in bed or even a comfortable chair.
The reason this rest is causing you discomfort is because blood is pooling in your legs, also known as venous insufficiency. There can be several contributing factors to RLS, such as iron deficiency, neuropathy (no feeling in limbs), or neurological disorders, but the primary culprit is often insufficient blood flow, especially in the legs. The only way to be certain of the cause is to visit a vascular center and receive a proper examination from a trained vein specialist. Many doctors may prescribe medication to address the RLS, but if the underlying cause is indeed venous insufficiency, there is a cure for it without permanent medication.
A vein doctor can accurately test your veins to determine if there is an issue. Should an issue be discovered, the vein can be treated with sclerotherapy or endovenous ablation. Endovenous radiofrequency ablation is a specialized treatment used by the team at Premier Vein. This treatment inserts a small catheter into the affected vein and uses radio waves to heat the vein until it closes. Once closed, blood will seek alternate routes and your symptoms will decrease. After treating the diseased vein, blood flow seeks healthier veins to travel through, relieving the symptoms and improving the well-being of the patient.
While RLS may seem manageable since it can often be relieved by walking around for a few minutes, it can contribute to many sleepless nights, which are not good for your overall health. Proper diagnosis by a vein doctor in Cypress will determine the next course of action and provide options for treatment. Treating RLS with underlying vein disease has shown a 98% effectiveness, with 80% of patients experiencing long lasting relief from their symptoms.