Restless Leg Syndrome and Varicose Veins

What is Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless leg syndrome (RLS), also called Willis-Ekbom disease (WED), is a common sleep-related movement disorder characterized by an unpleasant urge to move the legs. Symptoms often occur during periods of inactivity; particularly in the evenings. This urge to move is sometimes relieved by moving ones legs. During sleep, most patients’ limb movements, called periodic limb movements of sleep (PLMS), can wake the person from sleep. Common symptoms of restless leg include: need to move, a sensation of crawling, tingling, restless, leg cramping, leg pain, leg discomfort, and leg itching. (Similar terms have been used when patients describe symptoms associated with venous disease or varicose veins.)

 

Cause of Restless Leg Syndrome

The cause of restless legs syndrome remains poorly understood. Some studies have identified nervous system abnormalities in patients with the disorder. The most common conditions associated with RLS include: iron deficiency, renal failure, neuropathy, spinal cord issues, pregnancy, and multiple sclerosis. Antihistamines, antipsychotic medications, and many anti-nausea medications, and certain antidepressants can make symptoms of RLS worse.

 

Varicose Veins and Restless Leg Syndrome

The importance of discussing restless leg syndrome on a lower extremity vascular website is that there are conditions which mimic restless leg syndrome. Venous insufficiency, which mimics symptoms of restless leg syndrome, also exacerbates (worsens) symptoms of true RLS.

 

Treatment for Restless Leg Syndrome

Currently a curative treatment does not exist for restless leg syndrome. There are certain medications on the market intended to minimize or mask symptoms. However, if you have symptoms of night leg cramps, numbness, burning, leg fatigue, leg heaviness, and/or ankle swelling, you may have venous disease. Venous insufficiency is managed with in office procedures. Symptoms improve quickly after intervention, and the majority of activities can be resumed within hours.

The best way to rule out Venous Disease for Restless Leg Syndrome is to come in for an Ultrasound Exam and Consultation. If you find your discomfort is being caused by venous insufficiency, you'll be extremely glad that you did come in...if not....there's one more thing that can be ruled out! 

 

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By Jason Babcock, MBA CMPE | Oct 24, 2018 | Comments Off on ¿Qué cubre el seguro, estoy en Medicare con un suplemento.

Q & A Pregunta: ¿Qué cubre el seguro, estoy en Medicare con un suplemento. Respuesta: Medicare con un suplemento cubre las visitas a la oficina, los ultrasonidos y las intervenciones necesarias, típicamente al 100%. Por lo general, no hay un gasto de bolsillo asociado con el tratamiento en la oficina.

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By Jason Babcock, MBA CMPE | Oct 24, 2018 | Comments Off on What does insurance cover, I am on Medicare with a supplement.

Q & A Question: What do insurance cover, I am on Medicare with a supplement. Answer: Medicare with a supplement covers the office visits, necessary ultrasounds and interventions, typically at 100%. Usually there is not an out of pocket expense associated with in-office treatment.

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Q & A Pregunta: ¿Cuál es el costo promedio si tiene varices en una pierna y arañas vasculares en la otra? Respuesta: la mayoría del tratamiento de las venas varicosas, si es médicamente necesario, está cubierto por el seguro. Los costes del tratamiento de la vena de la araña varían dependiendo de la cantidad de…

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By Jason Babcock, MBA CMPE | Oct 24, 2018 | Comments Off on What is the average cost if you have varicose veins in one leg and spider veins in the other?

Q & A Question: What is the average cost if you have varicose veins in one leg and spider veins in the other? Answer: Most varicose vein treatment, if medically necessary, is covered by insurance. Spider vein treatment costs vary depending on the amount of veins present, if the insurance will cover them (medically necessary) and…

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By Jason Babcock, MBA CMPE | Oct 12, 2018 | Comments Off on Pegamento (pegamento del cianocrilato) para el tratamiento de la vena… ¿puedes hacer eso? ¡Sí!

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By Jason Babcock, MBA CMPE | Sep 24, 2018 | Comments Off on Consejos de salud para ayudar a prevenir varices y arañas
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By Jason Babcock, MBA CMPE | Sep 24, 2018 | Comments Off on Health Tips to Help Prevent Varicose and Spider Veins

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By Jilanne Rose, DNP ANP-BC | Sep 17, 2018 | Comments Off on ¿Cuál es el tiempo de induración del tratamiento venoso?

Q & A Pregunta: ¿Qué es el tiempo de induración? Respuesta: el downtime se basa en gran medida en el tipo de intervención y la severidad de la enfermedad venosa. Independientemente del tipo de intervención, nuestros pacientes reanudan todas las actividades el mismo día que el tratamiento. Algunos tratamientos requieren medias de compresión post-procedimiento, pero…

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By Jilanne Rose, DNP ANP-BC | Sep 17, 2018 | Comments Off on What is the down time for vein treatment?

Q & A Question: What is the down time? Answer: Downtime is largely based on the type of intervention and severity of the vein disease. Regardless of the type of intervention, our patients resume all activities the same day as treatment. Some treatments require compression stockings post-procedure, but most times these are worn for comfort and…

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About Jason Babcock, MBA CMPE

Jason is the Practice Administrator and CEO of Advanced Vein Institute of Arizona. Mr. Babcock brings over 25 years of healthcare administration experience to the organization with a strong background in finance, business development, operational improvement and customer service to AVIA.