What is the creeping feeling in my legs?
Ever get that unexplained urge to move your legs? Something you might describe as an antsy, creeping, pulling, itching or numbness? A myriad of words have been used to describe Restless Leg Syndrome. Jacksonville patients of St. Johns Vein Center report any of multiple particular sensations, but the condition invariably involves the compulsion to move.
RLS can lead to additional issues
Known informally as RLS, Restless Leg Syndrome occurs most often in middle-aged and older adults and can cause various secondary issues including insomnia, anxiety, depression, confusion or slowed thought processes. RLS sufferers have trouble sitting during car and air travel or through classes, sermons and meetings. These secondary symptoms, of course, can lead to problems at work and at home, becoming both a medical problem and a quality-of-life issue. And while the legs are most commonly affected, the same condition also can affect arms, torso and even phantom limbs (referring to the sensation that an amputated or missing lib is still attached to the body).
Restless Vein Syndrome can be caused by an array of issues
While the cause is unknown in most patients, RLS may be passed down genetically in families. Commonly associated medical conditions are iron deficiency, Varicose veins, folate deficiency, magnesium deficiency, fibromyalgia, sleep apnea, uremia, diabetes, thyroid disease, peripheral neuropathy, Parkinson’s disease and certain auto-immune disorders such as Sjögren’s syndrome, celiac disease, and rheumatoid arthritis. Many physicians believe that ADHD and hypoglycemia are common factors as well. Certain medications can cause or worsen RLS. These medications include some antiemetics; certain antihistamines used in over-the-counter cold medications; and many antidepressants, antipsychotics and anticonvulsants.
There are many ways to treat RLS
Luckily, there are multiple treatment options for Restless Leg Syndrome. Jacksonville’s St. Johns Vein Center has successfully helped many RLS patients with prescribed medications, iron supplements and tips for managing symptoms, such as adopting an active lifestyle and reducing stress.
If you believe you may have RLS, call the St. Johns Vein Center at 877-640-VEIN (877-640-8346) or complete our online “Schedule a Consultation” feature.