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Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)

What is Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)?

Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is a common medical condition characterised by an uncontrollable urge to move the legs. This can occur during sleep when a person has persistent leg movements. Sensations such as tingling, burning and aching can also be felt.

Sufferers from Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) can find activities such as sitting for long periods of time impossible because they cannot sit still for long periods of time.

What is the cause of Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)?

The cause of Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) is unknown but it appears to have a link to damage to the valves in the veins. Medical research shows that 22% of patients with Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) also have venous insufficiency or valve damage with or without visible Varicose Veins.

What is the treatment for Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)?

The treatment for Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) can be as a result of treatment for venous insufficiency. Anyone who experiences these symptoms should see a Medical Professional and have a Venous Duplex Ultrasound Scan to see if there are any ‘Hidden’ Varicose Veins if not seen on the legs or to determine what vein is incompetent if there are Varicose Veins visible on the skin.

Following the Duplex Scan, suitable treatment will be discussed with a Consultant Vascular Surgeon.


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