What Causes Restless Leg Syndrome?

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Restless leg syndrome is characterized by an intense urge to move the legs that is often triggered by an unpleasant or tingling feeling that can be difficult to find relief from. Because this urge usually arises when a person is comfortable and at rest, individuals affected by this condition often have difficulty sleeping.

This condition can have a number of different causes. If you are suffering from this disorder and are interested in seeking treatment, the first step to getting better is understanding what is causing your symptoms.

Stimulant Intake

Ingesting a large amount of stimulants, including coffee, tea, or soda during the day can trigger the tingling feelings that cause restless leg syndrome at night. Cutting back on your daily stimulant intake can usually help improve the symptoms of this syndrome.

Certain Medications

Certain types of medications, including antipsychotics, antidepressants, and anti-nausea drugs can cause or exhaust restless leg syndrome symptoms. Adjusting your medications can sometimes help improve the severity or frequency of restless leg syndrome symptoms.

Chronic Diseases

Restless leg syndrome is often present as a symptom of chronic diseases like diabetes, kidney failure, Parkinson’s disease, iron deficiency, and peripheral neuropathy. Treating or improving the severity of these conditions often also eliminates the symptoms of restless leg syndrome that come with them.


Restless leg symptoms are often present in pregnant women, especially women in the third trimester of their pregnancy. Typically, symptoms of the condition subside once the pregnant woman affected by them has given birth.

Chronic Venous Insufficiency

Often, this condition is either the consequence of or present along with chronic venous insufficiency. As a matter of fact, recent studies reported in the journal Dermatologic Surgery have shown that 22% of patients with restless leg syndrome also have some degree of venous insufficiency. When their cases of venous insufficiency are treated, many patients feel relief from their restless leg syndrome symptoms.

Advanced Vein Center is proud to provide patients in all areas of Maine with a broad range of sophisticated solutions to venous disorders. If your restless leg syndrome is caused by venous insufficiency, we can help.

At Advanced Vein Center, we can help patients experience relief from restless leg syndrome by treating their cases of venous insufficiency. Our expert physicians can provide patients with quick, safe, and effective solutions to venous insufficiency. Our office is conveniently located in South PortlandContact us today to schedule a consultation appointment.