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Is Your Restless Leg Syndrome a Symptom of Varicose Veins?

Posted on March 9, 2020 by Ella Fedonenko

What is Restless Leg Syndrome?

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is the term used to describe the overwhelming need to regularly move one’s legs to relieve uncomfortable or painful sensations in the legs. 

It’s often caused by a combination of insufficient blood flow in the veins, and by pressure on specific nerves in the legs. The resulting tingling or pricking sensation is often referred to as “pins and needles.” 

It generally resolves itself once the pressure is removed, although it may also require that the limb be massaged for several minutes before fully subsiding. RLS may also be caused by neurological problems or an iron deficiency and can be exacerbated by various prescription medications.

RLS is more likely to occur while sitting or sleeping, is more likely to occur late in the day or at night, and is twice as common among women. You’re more likely to develop RLS as you age, and also if you have family members who also suffer from RLS.

Similarities with Varicose Veins

Varicose veins occur when poor blood circulation results in damage both to the valves that normally regulate blood flow and the walls of the veins themselves. Varicose veins become a cosmetic problem when the walls of the veins become twisted, discolored and enlarged. They are often also painful and have the potential to cause moderate or significant health problems if blood starts to pool inside twisted sections of the veins. 

Varicose veins can also cause a range of other symptoms, including swollen, inflamed, or itchy skin, dull pain that gets progressively worse during the day, muscle cramps at night, and the urge to move one’s legs when trying to sleep. 

Several of these symptoms are quite similar to those associated with RLS, and in fact, many varicose vein sufferers also experience the symptoms of Restless Leg Syndrome. It transpires that the causes of both conditions are closely related. Although not all RLS sufferers also have varicose veins, in many cases, RLS may actually be caused by varicose veins.

Varicose Vein Treatment Options for RLS?

Although the fact that varicose veins and RLS often occur together does not automatically imply that treating varicose veins will resolve RLS symptoms, recent research has demonstrated that this is, in fact, often the case. 

You should first consult a qualified doctor to establish if your RLS is related to blood flow problems – this may require a comprehensive medical checkup to establish the real cause.  

In cases where RLS is related to varicose veins, we recommend seriously looking at available non-invasive or minimally-invasive varicose vein treatment options, including Sclerotherapy and laser vein therapy. These will allow you to relieve the underlying cause of your RLS, while also treating your varicose vein symptoms, and preventing them from worsening and creating more serious problems in the future.

In cases where RLS is not related to blood circulation, there are other treatment options, ranging from increasing iron consumption, applying hot or cold compresses, and the use of various medications.

Regardless of the severity of your symptoms, we strongly recommend investigating the cause, especially as you may be able to avoid more painful or serious problems in the future by treating the underlying causes today.

 Los Angeles Vein Treatment from Your Laser Skin Care

Your Laser Skin Care can provide you with a full range of services, including a complete diagnosis of the cause of your RLS and varicose veins. We can advise on the best ways to treat both conditions.

We have extensive experience providing both laser vein therapy and Sclerotherapy treatments. Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation.

 

3 Exercises to Help Prevent Varicose Veins

Posted on November 22, 2019 by Ella Fedonenko

Varicose veins can appear when locally increased blood pressure weakens the walls and valves of your veins, causing the veins primarily in the legs to become enlarged and twisted. There are several causes, including pregnancy, obesity, and standing for extended periods.

Varicose veins can be surgically treated, but there are several other treatment options: laser vein therapy and Sclerotherapy, both of which offer practical ways to reduce or eliminate problematic varicose veins.

Just like other physical problems that can lead to pain, discomfort, or distress, finding ways to prevent the problem from occurring in the first place is always preferable to trying to resolve it afterward.

In the case of varicose veins, there are several ways you can reduce the chance of developing or prevent the possible recurrence of veins after treatment.

Maybe this is obvious, but the best way to avoid blood pressure issues that can lead to varicose veins is to keep your body, most notably your leg muscles toned, and keep your blood pressure and weight within recommended guidelines. Increasing physical activity is a great way to improve general health, and the following exercises can also help target some of the leading causes of varicose veins.

1. Walking and Running

Perhaps the easiest way to start improving your health is to increase the distance you walk on a regular basis. Numerous devices can help you track your activity. Yet, the only thing required is just getting SOME form of exercise in your normal routine, rather than just a special activity that ends up being deferred (or even forgotten) on a regular basis.

If you’re a runner, even for short distances, that’s so much the better. Also, taking the stairs instead of the elevator (even for a floor or two) is a particularly effective way to target your calf and thigh muscles. However, simply walking more will also definitely help.

2. Flexing and Stretching Your Legs

Extended periods of standing or sitting can result in poor blood circulation over time. Even if you have to remain static, try to adjust your position regularly. Stretch your legs and flex your calf muscles to promote blood circulation and reduce any pressure spots.

You can target calf muscles while still remaining seated by placing your feet flat on the floor and alternating between raising your toes and raising your heel; you can achieve a similar result by rocking your feet the same way with one or both legs stretched straight out in front of you.

Merely squeezing your thighs, wiggling your toes, or lifting your legs are also useful ways to stimulate blood circulation in your legs.

3. Yoga

Widely recognized as a great way to improve your general physical and mental well-being, yoga can also be used to strengthen and tone your leg muscles. There are, of course, several different types of yoga, each with its preferred poses and methods. The bottom line is that even though you may not consider yoga as effective as more dynamic forms of exercise, it can nevertheless be a highly effective way to improve your general health. Your instructor can also point you towards poses that will directly benefit the blood circulation in your legs.

Other Ways to Help Prevent Varicose Veins

There are still other ways to reduce the chance of getting varicose veins –

  • Avoid tight or restrictive clothing
  • Avoid the extended use of high heels
  • Avoid prolonged static body positions

Your doctor may also be able to supply additional guidelines and suggestions for minimizing any blood circulation problems.

Your Laser Skin Care can provide you with advice on the best ways to treat varicose or spider veins – we have extensive experience providing both laser vein therapy and Sclerotherapy treatments. Call us at (323) 525-1516 to schedule a free consultation or visit us online for more information.