About one in 10 people in the United States experiences the persistent discomfort of restless legs. At San Diego Varicose Vein Treatment Center with offices in La Mesa and San Diego, California, cardiovascular specialist, Behzad Taghizadeh, MD, FACC, offers customized care for restless leg syndrome. Dr. Taghizadeh is skilled in diagnosing the symptoms of restless legs and creates a treatment plan to quickly relieve aching, burning, and other sensations of restless legs. To schedule a diagnostic evaluation of restless legs, call the San Diego Varicose Vein Treatment Center nearest you or request an appointment online today.
Restless leg syndrome describes a condition that makes you feel an uncontrollable urge to move your legs. Typically occurring when you’re sitting or lying down, restless leg syndrome causes an uncomfortable sensation in your legs that feels better when you move or shake your legs.
While many cases of restless leg syndrome occur for no clear reason, you may be at increased risk for developing the condition as you get older or due to an imbalance in dopamine levels in your brain. Dopamine is a chemical messenger that sends messages to your brain to control your muscle movements.
If you have a family history of restless legs, you may also be more likely to develop the condition. Women who are pregnant may experience hormone changes that trigger restless legs.
The hallmark symptom of restless leg syndrome is the urge to move your legs to relieve uncomfortable sensations like:
You may also feel electric sensations that move through your legs or sensations that are difficult to explain. These symptoms may occur frequently and be severe before going away for a period of time. For some people, restless legs disrupt their quality of sleep, and this can lead to other health issues, like fatigue, depression, and anxiety.
During your evaluation for restless legs, Dr. Taghizadeh takes time to discuss your symptoms and your usual activities. He also reviews your personal and family medical history before performing a physical exam of your legs.
To rule out other underlying health issues such as an iron deficiency that may be affecting your leg health, Dr. Taghizadeh may order a blood test. Neurological testing can also help rule out nerve-related issues that cause unusual sensations in your legs.
Treating restless leg syndrome focuses on relieving your symptoms and making necessary lifestyle changes to improve your leg health.
Certain medications available can increase the brain’s dopamine production if you’re experiencing moderate to severe symptoms of restless legs. Dr. Taghizadeh may also recommend pain-relieving medications or muscle relaxers to help you get a good night’s sleep.
If your blood test reveals an iron deficiency, Dr. Taghizadeh can recommend prescription or over-the-counter supplements. He also works with you on the necessary lifestyle changes to reduce restless leg symptoms, such as getting daily exercise and limiting caffeine intake.
If you need relief of symptoms of restless legs, schedule a consultation online or by calling the San Diego Varicose Vein Treatment Center nearest you.