Restless Leg Syndrome Specialist

Lone Star Vein Center

Peter B. Morgan, MD

Board Certified General and Vascular Surgeon located in Pasadena, TX & The Woodlands, TX

Approximately 7-10% of America’s population may have restless leg syndrome, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Vein specialist and experienced physician Peter Morgan, MD, is at Lone Star Vein Center to help you improve your sleep quality and enhance your wellness. The practice has two locations in Pasadena and The Woodlands, Texas. Restless leg syndrome is often caused by venous insufficiency and vein disease that leads to painful and swollen legs. To learn more about the connection and how laser treatments can help, call or click to book online.

Restless Leg Syndrome

What is restless leg syndrome?

Restless leg syndrome (RLS) is a condition characterized by involuntary leg movements and an uncontrollable urge to move your legs, typically due to an uncomfortable sensation. RLS usually happens in the evening or during the night when you’re sitting or lying down. Moving can temporarily ease the unpleasant feeling.


Restless leg syndrome can begin at any age and generally gets worse with aging. The condition can disrupt your sleep and impact your daily activities and quality of life. While some simple self-care steps and lifestyle changes might help you, you might want to visit Dr. Morgan for treatment.

What are the symptoms of restless leg syndrome?

The hallmark symptom of RLS is the sudden urge to move your legs. Other common symptoms of RLS include:

  • Crawling, itching, tingling, or aching sensations
  • Sensations that begin following rest
  • Involuntary leg movements
  • Some degree of relief with movement, such as stretching and walking
  • Worsening of symptoms in the evening
  • Nighttime leg twitching

 

RLS usually happens on both sides of the body. Less commonly, it can affect the arms. The symptoms of RLS can come and go.

How are varicose veins linked to restless leg syndrome?

Research links varicose veins, venous insufficiency, and lymphedema to RLS. Lymphedema is a condition involving swelling, usually of the legs and ankles, skin changes, and blisters.

Varicose veins are bulging, swollen veins that are sometimes raised on the surface of your skin and may appear purple or blue in color. They usually show up on the legs and develop due to incorrect blood flow in the veins that carry blood back to your heart. When these valves fail to work properly, the blood flows backward in the veins and can pool and increase pressure in the vein. This increase in pressure results in bulging veins that might be visible on your skin’s surface.

The pain, heaviness, and discomfort experienced with these conditions can lead to restless leg syndrome and impact your sleep quality and overall health. You can have vein disease without visible varicose veins or leg swelling.

How can laser vein treatments help my restless leg syndrome?

Dr. Morgan provides a range of treatments, including advanced laser technology, to heat and shrink the vein wall and seal your problematic veins. Laser technology is now safer, more precise, and more effective than ever before.

Minimally invasive office-based treatments can correct the underlying vein problem and visible and spider veins. Start with a consultation and call or click to visit Dr. Morgan.