Heart Vascular and Leg Center
Vascular Specialists & Cardiologists located in Bakersfield, CA
If you experience unpleasant urges to move your legs, especially at night, restless leg syndrome might be to blame. If you desire relief from restless leg syndrome, board-certified cardiologist Vinod Kumar MD, FACC, and his team at Heart Vascular and Leg Center in Bakersfield, California, offer simple solutions. They can recommend lifestyle changes or medications to restore your quality of life and help you get a good night’s sleep. Schedule an appointment by phone or book online today.
Restless Leg Syndrome Q & A
What is restless leg syndrome?
Restless leg syndrome is a condition associated with uncontrollable urges to move your legs, especially at night when you’re lying or sitting down. Moving your legs often eases unpleasant symptoms, at least temporarily. Seeking treatment can offer you long-lasting relief.
What are the symptoms of restless leg syndrome?
Some signs and symptoms that indicate you may have restless leg syndrome include:
- A strong urge to move your legs
- Relief when moving your legs
- Symptoms that worsen in the evening
- Nighttime leg twitching
- Unpleasant sensations your legs
- Crawling, creeping, or pulling sensations
- Throbbing or aching
Restless leg syndrome symptoms might be mild, moderate, or severe. They may go away for a while and come back over time. Complications associated with untreated restless leg syndrome include insomnia, chronic sleep deprivation, daytime tiredness, and even depression.
What are restless leg syndrome risk factors?
Anybody can develop restless leg syndrome, but certain factors increase your risk of experiencing the condition. Examples include a family history of restless leg syndrome, older age, being a woman, or having peripheral neuropathy, kidney failure, iron deficiency, or spinal cord problems.
How does my provider diagnose restless leg syndrome?
To determine if you have restless leg syndrome and develop a treatment plan, the Heart Vascular and Leg Center team reviews your symptoms and medical history. They might recommend completing a neurological exam, physical examination, blood tests, or a sleep study to detect or rule out underlying causes of restless leg syndrome and sleeping problems.
What are my restless leg syndrome treatment options?
Based on the severity of your condition, the team at Heart Vascular and Leg Center might recommend one of the following restless leg syndrome treatments:
Taking certain medications can diminish unpleasant symptoms associated with restless leg syndrome. Your Heart Vascular and Leg Center provider lets you know which medicines are right for you.
Treating underlying causes
If you have iron-deficiency anemia or another underlying cause of restless leg syndrome, getting treated for the condition can significantly reduce symptoms and help you sleep better.
Making simple lifestyle changes can diminish unpleasant symptoms associated with restless leg syndrome. Examples include soaking in warm baths, massaging your legs, applying warm or cold packs to your legs, sleeping in a cool dark room at night, and establishing a regular bedtime routine.
Get regular exercise, avoid caffeine, and try foot wraps specifically designed for people with restless leg syndrome.
Don’t live with unpleasant symptoms associated with restless leg syndrome when you don’t have to. Schedule an appointment with Heart Vascular and Leg Center by phone or book online for relief today.
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