When Restless Leg Syndrome Keeps You Awake at Night, We Can Help

Do you suffer from restless legs syndrome (RLS)? If so, you’re not alone. Almost 8% of the US population deals with this condition, which makes you toss and turn at night, losing hours of precious sleep. 

 

Let our experienced doctors and nurses at Suffolk Vascular & Vein Center help you discover whether your symptoms may be due to vascular or other medical issues, and get the rest you need. 

Solving the mystery of RLS

While there’s no specific test to diagnose RLS, we pinpoint your condition based on a variety of criteria created by the International Restless Legs Syndrome Study Group. Symptoms may include:

 

 

Discuss your symptoms with our knowledgeable doctors, who can diagnose RLS and help you uncover the reasons behind it.

Underlying causes of RLS

Vascular disorders such as venous insufficiency, which occurs when the venous wall or valves in your leg veins don’t work properly, may bring on RLS. Venous insufficiency makes it difficult for the blood to circulate properly between your heart and legs. We uncover whether this or another condition may be triggering your RLS. 

 

Other issues may be factors, as well, such as:

Medications

A variety of medications could be responsible for your symptoms, including antihistamines, antidepressants, antipsychotics, and anti-nausea and thyroid meds. Be careful of sleep medications that may make you feel drowsy during the day but don’t really help your RLS. The hormone melatonin and herbal supplement St. John’s wort may also worsen your symptoms

Prior health conditions 

Nerve damage from diabetes, kidney disease, Parkinson’s disease, and even iron deficiency could play a role.

Lifestyle habits

Consuming too much alcohol, caffeine, sugar, sodium, or tobacco can jump-start restless legs symptoms.

Don’t lose any sleep over it

We recommend healthy ways to cope with your condition, such as:

 

 

It also helps to go to bed and wake up around the same time each day. Try to get at least seven hours of sleep to avoid fatigue. 

 

If you feel the need to move your legs at night, do it. Suppressing the urge just makes things worse. Using a special foot wrap or alternating between warm and cool packs on your legs may help, as well.

Help is on the way

RLS is a chronic neurological condition. We discuss which medications or supplements may worsen RLS, and others that might help. Useful supplements and drugs include those that:

 

 

Our board-certified doctors can help you understand your triggers and better manage your restless legs syndrome. If you suffer from varicose veins or other vascular issues, surgery may also work. 


To book an appointment to discuss your RLS or other health conditions, simply call one of our  offices or use our online scheduling tool today. We have convenient locations in Port Jefferson Station, Hauppauge, and Riverhead, New York.

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