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Tossing and Turning? Understanding Restless Leg Syndrome and Vein Disease

Vein Conditions Traverse City, MIEveryone knows how valuable sleep is. And the older you get and the more responsibilities you cling to, sleep slowly starts to become a luxury more than a necessity. However, if you suffer from a sleep condition that makes it hard to fall or stay asleep, this luxury dissipates into the unattainable. If you are spending most of your night tossing and turning while simultaneously feeling the constant urge to move your legs, you may be suffering from a condition called restless leg syndrome or RLS.

What Exactly Is RLS?

According to The National Sleep Foundation, about 10% of the population suffers from restless leg syndrome. And, because restless leg syndrome doesn’t discriminate, it can affect virtually anyone at any age. Restless leg syndrome exhibits itself as the uncontrollable urge to suddenly and continually move your legs. Even though restless leg syndrome can occur at any time during the day, it typically hits patients when they’ve settled down for the night and are trying to catch some zs.

How Do RLS and Vein Disease Go Together?

Vein disease is the leading cause of patients with restless leg syndrome. When veins become damaged, patients may start to experience restless, achy legs.

Even though having restless leg syndrome is something that makes you lose sleep, it can luckily be treated with the help of Dr. Heeringa at Northern Michigan Vein Specialists. Depending on the severity of your vein disease and how bad your restless leg symptoms are, we will develop a customized treatment plan for you and your body’s needs.

To learn more about vein disease or to schedule an appointment, contact Dr. Heeringa at Northern Michigan Vein Specialists today.

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