If you have throbbing, aching, and other unpleasant sensations in your legs, you may have restless leg syndrome. The condition can be extremely frustrating and make you want to move your legs continuously. At the Center for Pain & Rehabilitation Medicine, Michael Jadali, DO, RPh, FAAPMR, can diagnose the cause of your restless leg syndrome and help you find relief. Call the San Jose, California, office to set up your appointment or book online today.
Restless leg syndrome, or Willis-Ekbom disease, is diagnosed when you have an overwhelming urge to move your legs. It can begin at any age, but it generally worsens as you get older.
It’s especially noticeable when you’re trying to sleep, but it can also interrupt daily activities and work.
The sensations can feel like they're coming from deep inside your legs and are usually not a medical emergency. But they can be incredibly frustrating and life-disrupting.
People describe the feelings of restless leg syndrome as:
Cramping and numbness aren’t symptoms of restless leg syndrome. You just feel like you have to move to get rid of the uncomfortable sensations.
Restless leg syndrome often has no detectable cause but can be related to:
Venous insufficiency is another possible cause of restless leg syndrome. This condition describes veins that don’t work as they should to push blood back up to the heart. Blood flows back and pools in your legs, causing varicose veins, pain, and tingling.
Some researchers believe that faulty brain chemicals, specifically dopamine, may cause restless leg syndrome. That chemical is responsible for the messages that control muscle movement.
Genetics and pregnancy may also cause restless leg syndrome.
If there’s an underlying condition associated with your restless leg syndrome, the providers at the Center for Pain & Rehabilitation Medicine will treat it. Or, if it’s out of the scope of practice, the team will refer you to a trusted specialist. For example, if you have venous insufficiency, treatment from a vein specialist can help alleviate your discomfort.
Restless leg syndrome symptoms may also be appeased by medications that increase your levels of dopamine, affect your calcium channels, relax muscles, or aid sleep. Opioids may be prescribed if you have severe symptoms, but the use is closely monitored to prevent dependence.
At-home remedies to ease restless leg symptoms include regular baths, massage, warm and cool therapy, exercise, and caffeine avoidance. The team can help you determine which of these interventions can help you and how to use them.
If you have restless leg syndrome, reach out to the Center for Pain & Rehabilitation Medicine today. Call the office or use this website to book an appointment.