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Restless Legs

Restless Legs: The Cause Could be Varicose Veins

There are many things that can cause restless legs syndrome. The problem is that the specific cause isn’t always clear, and the condition isn’t always immediately diagnosed by doctors. Even so, this condition can be highly disruptive to everyday life – both for you and your partner.


What is restless legs syndrome, and what makes it so disruptive?


The symptoms of this condition can vary greatly from one individual to the next. It can range from feelings of itchiness to pain, a pulling sensation to an ache, throbbing to crawling, or even pins and needles. What does stay consistent is the urge to keep moving your limbs to alleviate these uncomfortable feelings.


This condition is usually classified as a sleep disorder, because the symptoms tend to be more pronounced at night when you come to rest. The tendency to want to move your legs keeps you awake and causes disruption in sleep patterns. What’s more, if you share a bed with a partner, this restless behaviour can also keep them awake and thus affect their quality of life.


Now, as mentioned, there can be numerous causes for restless legs. These causes can range from chronic diseases and the use of certain medications, to pregnancy and lifestyle habits, such as too little sleep or the consumption of caffeine, alcohol and/or tobacco. It can also be caused by neurological disorders or iron deficiency.


The link to varicose veins


Varicose veins and restless legs syndrome share many common symptoms. This has led researchers to explore the connection between the two conditions. Studies have shown that treating varicose veins in people who also experience restless legs tend to alleviate the symptoms in most cases. If you suffer from both conditions, it is, therefore, worth treating varicose veins in order to allow yourself to get the relief you need to get a proper night’s rest.


It is also worth noting that varicose veins can be indicative of other, more serious conditions – like deep vein thrombosis – or even cause this condition. More than simply an unsightly appearance, varicose veins are best looked at to ensure there aren’t further complications to deal with down the line.


The Gibson Vein Practice in Port Elizabeth is a leading treatment centre for varicose veins. If you are experiencing both varicose veins and restless legs, find the relief you deserve. Contact the Gibson Vein Practice today to find out more about the treatment options available and to book an appointment.






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