Restless Leg Syndrome Specialist

Rodolfo Farhy, MD, FACC, FAHA -  - Cardiologist

Heart and Vein Center

Rodolfo Farhy, MD, FACC, FAHA

Cardiologist & Vein Specialist located in Lathrup Village, MI

Only about 10% of Americans experience restless leg syndrome, but if you’re one of them, constant leg discomfort can be disruptive or even intolerable, especially at night. Dr. Rodolfo Farhy is a renowned cardiologist and vascular surgeon at the Heart and Vein Center in Lathrup Village, Michigan, who provides expert treatment for the annoying symptoms of restless leg syndrome. Call or schedule an appointment online today to find out how Dr. Farhy can help you sleep better and find relief from restless leg syndrome.

Restless Leg Syndrome Q & A

What is restless leg syndrome?

Restless leg syndrome is a medical condition that causes crawling sensations and the urge to move your legs. This condition can affect men, women, and children of all ages but is most prevalent in women and more severe for those middle-aged and older. Symptoms often worsen at night and prevent sufferers from getting a good night’s sleep, so restless leg syndrome, or RLS for short, is also considered to be a sleep disorder.

What causes RLS?

Heredity plays a role in whether you develop restless leg syndrome. About half of all people with the condition also have a family member who has it. Chronic diseases including Parkinson’s, kidney failure, and diabetes, certain medications, and pregnancy can also trigger the symptoms of RLS. Additionally, some adults who drink alcohol or don’t get enough sleep find that these behaviors trigger RLS symptoms or make them worse.

What are the symptoms of RLS?

Symptoms of restless leg syndrome are often misdiagnosed and may be occasional or frequent, ranging from mild to severe. Often RLS symptoms occur when you are sitting or lying down, and symptoms may subside with movement or activity. The most common symptoms of RLS include:

  • An irresistible urge to move your legs
  • Itching, tingling, aching, throbbing, or crawling sensations in your legs
  • The urge to move constantly or rub your legs to relieve the sensations
  • Pacing or continual leg movement, even when sitting
  • Difficulty sleeping and staying asleep

If your RLS symptoms are severe enough to keep you from relaxing or sleeping well on a regular basis, the condition may significantly affect the quality of your life. Dr. Farhy successfully treats men and women with RLS without side effects or the use of medications.

What are the treatment options for RLS?

Although there is no cure for restless leg syndrome, Dr. Farhy helps most patients find relief from debilitating symptoms within 24-48 hours after treatment. If you have RLS, Dr. Farhy evaluates you to determine if you also have venous reflux. Venous reflux is a vascular condition that causes blood to back up in the veins in your legs.

Properly functioning veins carry blood from your legs to your lungs to become re-oxygenated, then back to your heart. Adults who have venous reflux are unable to efficiently pump blood from the legs back to the heart. Once Dr. Farhy determines if venous reflux is contributing to your RLS symptoms, he treats your leg veins with either endovenous laser or endovenous radiofrequency procedures.

The results of these treatments are often immediate, and recovery is fast, so you can resume your daily activities without extensive downtime, free from the discomfort of RLS. To learn more about either of these treatment options, Dr. Farhy invites you to call or schedule an appointment online at the Heart and Vein Center.