Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) Diagnosis

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appear and whether or not you experienced any pain along with the RLS symptoms.

In addition to recording the duration and quality of your sleep, you may want to note the following in your diary:

  • The time you noticed symptoms began
  • What you were doing when the symptoms started
  • The intensity of the symptoms
  • What the symptoms felt like (write a short description)
  • Where you felt the symptoms (like in your legs or your arms)
  • How long the symptoms lasted
  • What helped relieve the symptoms (if anything)
  • The estimated amount of exercise you did that day (like taking walks, gardening, or riding a bike)
  • The time you went to bed
  • The estimated time that you fell asleep
  • How many times you got out of bed during the night and how long you were up (if applicable)
  • Medications and doses taken
  • The time you woke up in the morning
  • Whether or not you needed an alarm clock to wake up
  • Each time you took a nap during the day and for how long
  • How you felt throughout the day

Varicose Veins and Restless Leg Symptoms

98% of patients affected by RLS in a recent study found symptom relief after treating varicose veins in their legs with non-surgical sclerotherapy*  Many physicians believe that it is the underlying varicose vein problems that are causing the Restless Leg Syndrome, and by treating this with an outpatient procedure, patients can finally get relief.

Varicose veins are caused by unhealthy valves within the veins. When these valves fail or leak, the blood falls backward through the poorly functioning valves causing the blood to pool.  Scientists first theorized a connection with RLS due to the similar side effects of varicose vein sufferers including pain, fatigue, itching, burning, cramping, restlessness and throbbing.

To properly diagnose, a consultation should be sought with a board-certified Phlebologist who can determine if you have varicose veins in your legs and if treatment will relieve your symptoms.

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