Are You Experiencing Achy Restless Legs at Night? – It Could be a Vein Issue

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West florida vein center TampaIf you have ever experienced a bout of restless leg syndrome, then you know how distressing it can be. It’s one of the most commonly annoying physical sensations that people can have, especially when they’re trying to go to sleep.

Upon making a diagnosis of RLS many doctors will seek to provide the patient some relief by prescribing medications, but is that really the best answer?

Dopamine Antagonist: One of the most common types of medication that people are prescribed for this condition is a dopamine agonist. However, this type of drug can also cause side effects such as fatigue and nausea.

Secondarily, also prescribed are:

Benzodiazepines: These drugs are commonly used to treat insomnia and are categorized as benzodiazepines, which are sedatives and central nervous system depressants. They often make you sleepy and should not be taken during the daytime.

These drugs are known to increase the levels of a chemical in the brain known as dopamine. Although they may or may not work, they can still trigger involuntary movements and hallucinations.

Opiates (Norco, Oxycontin, Vicodin…) Painkillers are often the last resort because they are highly addictive.

Some of the causes of Restless Leg Syndrome can include:

  • Varicose vein disease
  • Iron deficiency
  • Use of antihistamines
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Magnesium deficiency
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Peripheral neuropathy
  • Diabetes
  • Hypoglycemia
  • Certain autoimmune disorders

One of the main causes of restless leg syndrome is vein issues, venous insufficiency, and vein disease. If you are experiencing twitchy nighttime legs and are looking for relief your best course of action is to consult a Vein Specialist. Medications may offer some relief, but they will never fix the root problem. If the cause is damaged veins, we can help!

If you are in the Tampa Bay / Safety Harbor area in Florida, take the first step and schedule a Vein Screening with Dr. Mark Zuzga by calling (727) 712-3233 or contacting us online.


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