Restless leg syndrome is a neurological disorder characterized by an irresistible urge to move the legs, and sometimes other parts of the body. There are often unusual or unpleasant sensations that are described as tingly, creepy-crawly, tugging, throbbing, or pulling, which accompany these impulses. Additionally, many people experience periodic limb movements or jerking of the arms or legs. These periodic leg movements typically occur in the evening and can severely disrupt sleep and reduce quality of life.
It is estimated that around 3 million per people per year in the U.S., or approximately 7-8% of the population, suffers from restless leg syndrome (RLS). It can affect anyone, regardless of age, although women are more likely to experience RLS than men, and it’s more common in middle-aged women or older. In fact, nearly a quarter of women develop the disease during pregnancy, but symptoms frequently go away after giving birth.
It has not yet been discovered what causes restless leg syndrome, nor a cure, but certain risk factors have been identified and many treatments exist for controlling its symptoms. Anemia, dialysis, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and damage to the nerves in hands and feet such as peripheral neuropathy from diabetes have all been associated with restless leg syndrome.
Treatment for restless leg syndrome, which can help to decrease the symptoms, may include certain lifestyle changes such as, reducing caffeine, tobacco, and alcohol, while increasing regular exercise and healthy sleep. Some people find relief from RLS with a hot bath or shower, heating pads or leg massages.
When symptoms aren’t relieved through other methods, there are several FDA-approved medications for the treatment of RLS. These include some neurotransmitters (dopaminergics), benzodiazepines for sleeping, narcotics to relieve pain, and anticonvulsants.
When you need relief from the symptoms of restless leg syndrome, it’s important to consult a doctor who is an expert in the treatment of the disease. At the Goldman Vein Institute, you can schedule an appointment with one of our doctors, and begin to experience an alleviation of your discomfort today.
If you would like more information on restless leg syndrome treatment, please contact the specialists at the Goldman Vein Institute today at one of our three convenient locations:
Jupiter 561-625-9853, Wellington 561-790-4550, or West Palm Beach 561-429-8236,
or visit us at www.goldmanveininstitute.com.
At the Goldman Vein Institute, our mission is to provide our patients with comprehensive care for restless leg syndrome. Our highly-qualified and experienced, board-certified specialists, Dr. Goldman and Dr. Varghese-Goldman, combine their extensive knowledge and experience, with the latest innovations in treatments.
With our offices in Jupiter, Wellington, and West Palm Beach Florida, the Goldman Vein Institute serves patients from Stuart, Hobe Sound, Tequesta, Jupiter, Palm Beach Gardens, North Palm Beach, West Palm Beach, Loxahatchee, Royal Palm Beach, Wellington, Hialeah, Sunny Isles, Bay Harbor, Bal Harbour, Miami Beach, Aventura, Surfside, Hallandale, and Hollywood, and we welcome patients across South Florida to visit our state-of-the-art centers, where we provide the latest in treatment technology.