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Restless Leg Syndrome

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Restless Leg Syndrome

What is Restless Leg Syndrome?

Restless legs syndrome (RLS) causes a powerful urge to move your legs.Your legs become uncomfortable when you are lying down or sitting. Some people describe it as a creeping, crawling, tingling or burning sensation. Moving makes your legs feel better, but not for long.

In some people with restless legs syndrome, anemia or vitamin deficiency may be a contributing factor, while in others restless legs syndrome has been linked to diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, kidney failure, varicose veins or peripheral neuropathy (nerve damage in the hands and feet). An examination by Dr. Kimmel will determine if RLS can be helped in our Boca Raton vein treatment center.

Phlebitis, Often Called Deep Vein Thrombosis and Thrombophlebitis

Phlebitis, the Inflammation of a vein, can mask symptoms of other disorders. Thrombophlebitis refers to a blood clot causing the inflammation. Phlebitis can be superficial, in the skin, or deep, in the tissues beneath the skin. The diagnosis of superficial phlebitis can be made based on physical examination.

Conditions that mimic phlebitis include cellulitis (superficial skin infection), insect bites, or lymphangitis (swelling and inflammation of lymph nodes) and can be distinguished by obtaining a careful medical history and physical examination by Dr. Kimmel. Sometimes, a biopsy of the skin or an ultrasound may be required to help establish the definite diagnosis.

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