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Deep Varicose Veins Symptoms
A condition characterized by dilated and elongated veins that are usually found in the legs but can affect different parts of the body. Normal veins have valves that prevent the backflow of blood and help resist gravity while blood moves back to the heart. In varicose veins, the valves are dysfunctional so blood moves forward and back, causing the enlarged vessels. Varicose veins can be painful. Often the pain worsens after standing for ...Read more
Signs: The signs of venous incompetence: small blue or red snakelike veins close to the skin surface; ropy, slightly blue bulging varicose veins; prominent tortuous bluish veins beneath the skin called reticular veins; brownish skin discoloration about the ankle area; ulceration especially about the inside of the ankle. The symptoms have been nicely outlined by dr. King. ...Read more
Varicose veins: The symptoms of varicose veins can include leg aching, pain, heaviness, tiredness, fatigue, itching, burning, swelling, throbbing, restlessness, and cramping. Typically the symptoms get worse the longer you are on your feet during the day. Occasionally, people probably are aware of when a small vein "blows out." they will have a pain and get a bruise where they didn't have an injury. ...Read more
What are varicose veins? What are the symptoms? What are the causes? And how could I protect myself?
The leg superficial vein system can have ineffective valves (venous reflux) and some of the veins will dilate and bulge.
They become visible, occasionally tender, and get bigger over time.
Support stockings, ablation, and occasionally surgery can eliminate or improve existing varicose vein complexes. ...Read more
Varicose veins: Both superficial and deep veins are identified on ultrasound examination [venous doppler exam]. Clots or obstruction in either system of veins can be identified. They can also be identified in arteries, which are larger and also the pressure of the blood flow can be identified in both. ...Read more
Symptoms of veins: Varicose Veins & neuropathy can both lead to symptoms in the legs & feet. There are some similarities in the symptoms of both. Both can cause leg discomfort & numbness / tingling. Pain more likely throughout legs & feet w/ neuropathy & more likely lower legs w/ veins. Veins can have swelling & skin discoloration & neuropathy usually doesn't. See vascular surgeon to assess veins. Neurologist-nerves ...Read more
I have noticed a couple of what look like varicose veins underneath my tongue. Feel well. No others symptoms. Should I be worried? Thanks.
Perfectly normal: The tissue is thin there and the veins are close to the surface. Don't worry about this. ...Read more
Veins vs. Clots: Blue worms that are not painful are most likely to be varicose veins. Pain and swelling, with or without varicose veins, is more liekly to be a blood clot. Regardless, if you have varicose veins that are painful, you should definitely get it checked out by a vein specialist. ...Read more
What are the symptoms of varicose veins in the scrotum? What type of pain or swelling is associated?
Here are some. ..: While varicocele happens to some 10-15% of men, usually on left side, most of them are asymptomatic even in its large size - like a bag of worms. If symptomatic, the affected men may feel pressure, fullness, or ache in the affected hemiscrotum after standing for a long duration so they more feel it in the afternoon and relieves in supine position. ...Read more
What are the main symptoms of a blood clot in the leg? I have painful leg & I'm not sure if it's my varicose veins & spider veins. Walk 6 days a week
See your doc: If you have concerns about a blood clot of your leg, you should see your physician. Blood clots of the legs can cause pain and swelling, and discoloration. The concern with leg blood clots is that they potentially pass to your lung which can be dangerous. Your doctor may order an ultrasound of your leg veins to rule out a blood clot as the cause of your pain. Your pain may be due to varicosities. ...Read more
Can wrapping your legs around each other more than once cause varicose veins / deep vein thrombosis?
No: Despite what you might have heard many times before, crossing your legs doesn't cause varicose veins. It also probably isn't possible to cross your legs twice for long enough to give you a deep vein thrombosis, unless you were dehydrated and had an underlying inherited increased tendency to clot too easily in the first place. Your legs would likely fall asleep first. ...Read more
Vein with weak walls: Dr. Nielsen has given a very nice answer. The other part of the problem is that varicose veins also have weak walls. This allows the high pressure in the veins to stretch the veins, make them bigger and longer, and that causes the large, bulging, squiggley appearance of the veins. ...Read more
Genes and behavior: There are many factors that contribute to varicose veins. Some of these are genetics, standing for lengthy periods, gravity or hormones. Today's technology allows surgeons to perform treatment for varicose veins using minimally invasive techniques. This allows for faster healing and return to work in just a few days. ...Read more
Leaking valves: Varicose veins are a very common problem and they are due to leaking valves (called reflux) usually in the saphenous veins. Think of your veins like a tree with the trunk being the saphenous vein and the branches being the varicose veins. A venous reflux ultrasound will make the diagnosis. Common causes of this are hereditary, aging and pregnancies in women. They are treatable with a laser. ...Read more
They can be: Varicose veins may be of cosmetic concern, but commonly cause symptoms such as leg heaviness, leg fatigue, itching, night cramps, and restless legs. They can also lead to leg swelling, eczema, skin inflammation, and leg ulceration. Phlebitis can occur in a varicose vein, which could lead to a blood clot. Consult a phlebologist (http://www. Phlebology. Org/) to discuss your particular condition. ...Read more
Lifelong care: As dr. Hernandez says, spider veins, varicose veins and venous disease is inherited and made worse with hormones, pregnancies, prolonged sitting and standing, heavy weight lifting, and others... Phlebology is a specialty for treating veins: www. Phlebolgy. Org minimally invasive diagnostic and treatments to get rid of each type of problem before it progresses and exercise and medical compression. ...Read more
See a specialist: As dr. Hertzman said, you should have an evaluation from a vein specialist. In the mean time though, there are simple things you can do which will help temporarily. These include using properly fitting compression stockings with adequate compression. Elevating your legs when you can gives relief, as does taking anti-inflammatory medicine. Regular exercise and no prolonged standing also helps. ...Read more
Lifestyle can help: Anything that reduces stress on the vein valves will keep them from wearing out. Exercise is great - walk all the time and take the stairs. Avoid sitting with feet down for long periods of time or standing. If you have a job that requires sitting or standing (like me), invest in 20-30 mm medical grade compression stockings and wear them! You can't change genetics, but you can choose your lifestyle. ...Read more
Not really: A varicose vein is one which has dilated due to increased "back pressure" in the vein. Several reasons, but commonly the one way valves have become incompetent, so gravity pulls the blood back down causing pressure. To many, these may be unsightly, but don't cause symptoms such as burning, itching, and a heavy, achy feeling. If yours do bother you, talk to your doc. ...Read more
Get checked first: See a vein specialist and get an ultrasound to see the cause of your problems. Compression hose, exercise and leg elevation will be suggested. If conservative treatment fails you may need ablation, injection or removal of your abnormal veins. See sirweb. Org under varicose veins for info. Use doctor finder same site for interventional radiologist in your area. ...Read more
Bad valves: Varicose veins are caused by valve problems that allow blood from deep high-pressure veins to enter low-pressure veins just under the skin. These veins enlarge, (varicose), leak fluid through the walls (swelling), letting blood through (discoloration) and finally nutritious arterial blood cannot enter an area of the skin resulting in ulcers. It is treated by laser ablation. ...Read more
No cure: There are many very effective treatments for existing varicose veins, as dr. Nielsen said. Unfortunately, there is no cure. No treatment will guarantee that you will never get another varicose vein as long as you live. When it comes to treating varicose veins, control is the name of the game. Periodic check ups and maintenance treatment when necessary, will give you the best long term results. ...Read more
See vein specialist: I would recommended seeing a vein specialist will likely recommend an ultrasound of you leg veins to look for the cause of your varicose veins. Often, treatment may involve compression stockings (conservative treatment), laser or radiofrequency closure of the veins with bad valves that are causing the varicose veins, phlebectomy of surgical removal of the varicose veins, or sclerotherapy. ...Read more
Can be treated: Varicose veins can be an uncomfortable and unsightly problem for many. When veins are particulary uncomfortable there are several different procedures that can be done. Treatements range from stopping the blood flow to the swollen vein with a laser, to surgically removing the entire damaged vein. A vein treatment center or a vascular surgeon can review all the current options for treatment. ...Read more
Surgery v no surgery: Start with support hose & observation. The gold standard is to have a venous reflux exam and laser closure of the leaking valves of saphenous followed by microphlebectomies or sclerothrapy of the vv. Vein stripping is still done but newer treatment have faster recovery. See a vein specialist. To discuss for eval and discuss options. ...Read more
See Vascular Surgeon: Consult a board-certified vascular surgeon, who is the "vein specialist" recognized by the American Board of Medical Specialties ABMS. Vascular surgeons have typically completed 7 yrs of residency & fellowship in vein disease management. A "phlebologist" may not have any formal university training in vein diseases, as not recognized by ABMS. Therapy includes ablation, phlebectomy, & sclerotherapy. ...Read more
See a vein doctor.: Varicose veins are usually due to malfunctioning valves is the saphenous veins. This can be diagnosed by a venous reflux ultrasound. You should see a vascular surgeon or a vein specialist. The gold standard for varicose vein treatment is to seal the leaking valves with a laser or radio frequency catheter. ...Read more
Varicose vein causes: There are many causes of varicose veins including genetics, pregnancies, aging, trauma and poor leg muscle tone. Of all the causes, hereditary factors are the most significant and, in my experience, vein issues are passed on from both mother and father and the veins in the offspring are usually worse when the dad had bad veins. ...Read more
Newton's thick skin: An apple hit newton on the head. If newton had sat under apple trees too often, he would need thick skin! And he had better have strong veins too! Lucky people inherit genes for strong veins, but 15% of people don't. Gravity pressurizes vein walls and the weaker veins can't take the stress- they give out and dilate! One can't change genetics, but fight back with lifestyle and compression socks! ...Read more
Could be.: Varicose veins are for the most part not dangerous but they do have a problematic potential. Varicose veins are due to malfunctioning valves in the saphenous system and usually cause symptoms of aching, heaviness, tired, cramping or leg swelling. These same veins can worsen and cause clots, bleeding and venous stasis ultimately leading to venous ulcers it is wise to see a vein specialist early. ...Read more
See phlebologist: Check www. Phlebology. Org, and find a phlebologist in your zip code area. Evaluation with ultrasound of the veins in your legs will provide insight into your vein problem, and the appropriate treatment performed: endogenous ablation of the great/small saphenous veins, phlebotomy of vv, sclerotherapy of reticular/spider veins. ...Read more
Not commonly: This sounds more like a symptoms of restless legs rather than varicose veins, but it is a possibility. Not a common symptoms described by varicose vein patients though. More common with varicose veins to have achiness, burning, throbbing, dull pain, itching, heaviness, pressure sensation, or cramping discomfort. These vein symptoms usually worse with standing & relieved with elevation / rest. ...Read more
Bulging Veins.: Varicose veins are bulging grape-like appearing veins which are most commonly seen on the legs. These are due to leaking (refluxing) valves usually in the saphenous system. Some causes include hereditary, pregnancy, trauma and aging. The gold standard of treatment is to have a venous reflux ultrasound to both diagnose and form a treatment plan. You should see a vein specialist. ...Read more
See a specialist: You should obtain consultation from a vein specialist. This will involve a history and physical exam. Likely a thorough duplex ultrasound will be performed on your legs, to assess you for incompetent veins that can then be treated by endovenous techniques in the office. Fitted, graded compression stockings are an important first treatment. ...Read more