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What’s Really Going On? Understanding Restless Leg Syndrome

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Have you ever told someone you have Restless Leg Syndrome only to have them treat it as a joke? While they’re laughing about how you can ‘dance the night away’, you’re the one who knows there’s nothing funny about losing sleep night after night after night because your legs want to move.

Is Restless Leg Syndrome Dangerous?

When a patient asks if Restless Leg Syndrome is dangerous, we have to include the many negative health consequences that come from chronically interrupted sleep. In addition to the impact on one’s ability to concentrate or perform at top levels that you might expect, sleep deprivation puts serious stresses on your entire body. Some researchers are currently investigating the relationship between Restless Leg Syndrome and strokes. It’s just not good for your health to be in pain, either – and as you well know, Restless Leg Syndrome hurts.

What Causes Restless Leg Syndrome?

You may have tried many things to alleviate your Restless Leg Syndrome, such as lifestyle change – exercising more & increasing water intake, taking vitamins or supplements, or wearing compression garments. Yet for many people who try these remedies, the pain persists and it’s hard to get a good night’s sleep.

Dr. Jonathan Arad is one of the Chiefs of Bariatric Surgery at Dobbs Ferry Hospital in Westchester, and an expert on venous insufficiency. Venous insufficiency is an extremely common circulatory issue that is present in many people who have Restless Leg Syndrome. Treating the venous insufficiency can alleviate – or even eliminate! – all of the symptoms of your Restless Leg Syndrome.

 

How Do I Find Out if I Have Venous Insufficiency?

Venous insufficiency is one of the most common circulation issues. It’s experienced by people from all walks of life, including teachers, nurses, law enforcement professionals and anyone else who spends a lot of time on their feet. Luckily the test to discover if you have venous insufficiency is a quick and painless diagnostic ultrasound. You’ll get the answers you’ve been seeking in just about 20 minutes!

What are My Treatment Options?

Because every individual is different, with their own unique medical history, there’s no one-size-fits-all answer to Restless Leg Pain. Dr. Arad will meet with you, perform the diagnostic ultrasound, and go over the results with you. If it turns out you’re among the many, many people who have venous insufficiency, the treatments are minor outpatient procedures, including radiofrequency ablation, which closes non-functioning veins using energy, or sclerotherapy, which achieves the same end using a medicinal foam. The determination of which treatment option is right for you will be made during your individual consultation.

How Long Does It Take To Start Feeling Better?

When venous insufficiency is surgically treated, pain relief begins almost immediately and lasts for the rest of the patient’s life. Restless Leg Syndrome is stealing your life from you. You can stop it in its tracks – and get your nights back! – by discovering whether or not you have venous insufficiency.


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