Restless Leg Syndrome

Restless Leg Syndrome and Vein Ablation 

If you ever want to get completely hysterical, try night after night with Restless Leg Syndrome.  Mine has come and gone for years and steadily built over the past few years to the point where on some nights it’s uncontrollable. Last night was one of those nights. 

Staying in a hotel room with my husband and 3 children, I took extra Mirapex for the night, knowing that after a few hours of driving I would need it, only to have it not work and need to add Benadryl on top of it. 

I’ve tried every possible natural remedy, and have been taking Mirapex at ever increasing doses for a few years, only to continuously have breakthrough symptoms.  Previously I tried other meds and nothing else worked either. 

By happenstance I mentioned it to a doctor I see for monitoring of my breast cancer risk (I’m in a high risk category) and she recommended vein ablation for RLS. After looking into it, I found that data supports the practice of vein ablation for RLS, yet I was hesitant. I have measurable venous insufficiency, but no varicose veins. So I waffled and hemmed and hawed. 

Now, a few months later with my RLS steadily worsening and summer just around the corner (I wouldn’t want to have to wear my compression hose for recovery in July), and a plan to relocate 200 miles away from my trusted surgeon, I am taking the plunge and have scheduled my vein ablation procedures starting next Monday. 

I plan to photograph before and after the procedure, and during if my doctor consents, as well as documenting my experience and outcome. 

I’m still uncertain about this, but at a certain point desperation takes over and that point has arrived, so I’m taking my chances with a low risk procedure. I hope that my experience will be helpful and informative for others in the same predicament 

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