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Restless Legs

Restless legs affect millions of individuals, causing an uncontrollable urge to move the legs, usually accompanied by uncomfortable sensations. This condition can disrupt sleep, daily activities, and overall quality of life.

Causes of Restless Legs

While the exact cause of restless legs is often unknown, there are potential connections between vein disease and the development or exacerbation of this condition, particularly related to blood flow and iron levels.

Healthy blood flow is vital for overall circulatory function, including the circulation of blood flow in the legs. If there are issues with blood flow, it may impact circulation, potentially exacerbating symptoms or discomfort in the legs.

Iron is an essential mineral for the production of dopamine, a neurotransmitter associated with restless legs. Dopamine is involved in regulating muscle movement. Low levels of iron or iron deficiency can lead to a reduction in dopamine production, potentially triggering or worsening restless legs syndrome.

Additionally, if there are issues with blood circulation or disorders affecting veins, it may impact the distribution of iron, potentially leading to low iron levels and consequently, affecting dopamine levels.

Risk Factors for Restless Legs

Certain factors can increase your likelihood of developing or experiencing worsened symptoms of restless legs.

Restless legs tend to run in families. Having a family member who suffers from restless legs increases your risk

Women are more likely to develop restless legs than men

Restless legs become more prevalent over the age of 50

Particularly in the third trimester, restless legs are more common during pregnancy

Certain conditions like diabetes, peripheral neuropathy, or Parkinson’s are associated with a higher risk of restless legs

Certain medications and excessive consumption of substances like caffeine, tobacco, and alcohol may worsen or trigger symptoms

Treatment for Restless Legs

If restless legs are caused by vein disease, Premier Vein & Vascular can treat your condition with a variety of minimally invasive techniques. The goal of these procedures is to improve blood flow and circulation and close any superficial veins, or veins with poor circulation.


This minimally invasive procedure uses heat to destroy the vein tissue causing restless leg symptoms. It is effective in improving blood flow and relieving both restless leg symptoms and the appearance of varicose veins.

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Sclerotherapy is a treatment that involves injecting a solution into an affected vein, causing it to collapse. This helps improve blood flow by rerouting blood to healthy veins, thus reducing symptoms in the legs.

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While some symptoms of restless legs are similar to those of other vein conditions, restless legs cause more discomfort at the end of the day and can make it difficult to fall asleep.

Any potential danger or risks are more related to its effects on sleep, daily function, and quality of life, rather than being life-threatening. The severity of symptoms can be severe for some, but the condition is not considered dangerous.

Lifestyle changes are often recommended as part of a larger treatment plan for restless legs. There are several strategies you can take to help manage your symptoms. These may include exercise, healthy sleep habits, dietary changes, stress management, caffeine and alcohol intake, and hot and cold therapy, among others.

Concerned About Restless Legs?

Ready to take the next step towards a more comfortable and restful life? Schedule a consultation with Dr. Tawfik today.

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