What Is the Correlation Between Restless Legs Syndrome and Venous Insufficiency?

Patients with varicose veins often report a feeling of restless legs, especially at night when in bed. In our study, about 30% of patients with varicose veins complained of restless legs. Restless legs syndrome (RLS) is a sensorimotor movement disorder characterized by uncomfortable sensations in the legs and an urge to move them. There are other causes of restless legs syndrome such as, neurological disorders, anemia, and kidney disease to name a few and is often treated with medication. Venous insufficiency is often neglected as a cause of Restless Legs Syndrome. However, when recognized, it is easily treatable leading to resolution of symptoms.
Treatment is aimed at correcting the underlying venous insufficiency. This usually is accomplished by removing the varicose veins or incompetent veins by new, minimally invasive, non-surgical methods. In our study, 98% of the patients with venous insufficiency and restless legs, had resolution of symptoms following treatment.
In another study, by Hayes, CL et. al, 35 patients with RLS and superficial venous insufficiency underwent endovenous ablation of refluxing superficial veins and ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy of varicose veins. 89% of patients reported alleviation of symptoms.
If a patient has restless legs symptoms and evidence of varicose veins of the legs, a work-up for venous insufficiency should be considered. The work-up involves a duplex ultrasound evaluation of the leg veins. This may eliminate the need for medication for RLS.

Immigrants at Ellis Island Turned Away for Varicose Veins?

It’s hard to believe that immigrants entering the United States through EllisIsland, in the early 1900’s could be considered as unfit if they had varicose veins.  But, historical documents suggest that Doctors had only seconds to examine each passenger, checking for 60 symptoms, from anemia to varicose veins. Each person was then asked a set of 29 questions, sometimes over and over again, and by a series of different inspectors.  ‘If the immigrant’s papers were in order and they were in reasonably good health, the Ellis Island inspection process would last approximately three to five hours. The inspections took place in the Registry Room (or Great Hall), where doctors would briefly scan every immigrant for obvious physical ailments. Doctors at Ellis Island soon became very adept at conducting these “six second physicals.” By 1916, it was said that a doctor could identify numerous medical conditions (ranging from anemia to goiters to varicose veins) just by glancing at an immigrant.

source:  http://www.nps.gov/elis/historyculture/upload/Brief-History-of-Ellis-Island.pdf

Alleviating Burdens

We understand the importance of excellent health care and its impact on healthy living. That’s we’re pleased to announce our new partnership with Scripps Employee Health Insurance and ChaseHealthAdvance. With a new easy-to-use payment option, we’re able to offer this plan to employees and family members of the Scripps Healthcare System. Through this partnership, patients can get the treatment for $0 down and no interest (if paid within the year). While we’re dedicated to alleviating the pain in your legs, we’re also happy to remove a financial burden as well.

Sincerely,

Executive Team

Why Me?

Perhaps you’re wondering why you’ve developed varicose veins. While heredity might be the leading cause, age, weight, gender, hormones, and occupation can also play a role. Although they can develop at any age, varicose veins tend to worsen with the more birthdays you celebrate. With each year, it might also be more difficult to maintain your ideal body weight, thus making you more susceptible to the onset of certain venous conditions. Moreover, as many as 70% to 80% of pregnant women develop varicose veins during the first trimester—and other hormonal factors related to menopause and birth control can also contribute. Even a job that requires excessive standing or sitting can increase the chances of developing a vein-related problem.  So whether you’re standing all day work or you’re genetically predisposed to a particular condition, advancements in medicine make it no longer necessary to ask yourself a worried question such “why me?” Instead, you can simply get treated.

Sincerely,

Executive Team