Restless Leg Syndrome By Poor Circulation?

Aug 27, 2013

I've had RLS on and off for the last 10 years and have only recently started to notice that whenever I get up in the night with a bad case of it the veins in my lower legs are feet are extremely large and swollen, to the point that people who've seen them have even mentioned it.

One thing that 100% cures it for 20 minutes or so is having a freezing cold shower which constricts the veins so that they're not visible, and I get the opposite with hot baths, they drive my legs nuts and make my veins look huge and I have to get out almost straight away. The only other thing I've had luck with is raising my feet when I sleep by putting cushions under them. I was wondering whether this could suggest that it's being caused by poor circulation and that the need to move them is my body trying to get the blood flowing, and that maybe a drop of blood pressure at night causes it to pool in my legs, hence the large veins. I know dehydration also lowers blood pressure and when I down a few pints it also seems to give some relief. Does it sound likely that this is the cause for me, and if so what could I do to relieve it, I was thinking maybe some calve stockings?

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