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Do varicose veins only surface during menopause?

Do varicose veins only surface during menopause?

Absolutely not: The most common age group is 30-60, but I have treated patients from age 17-93. Most common causes of varicose veins are family history or genetics, pregnancy, trauma, occupations or activities with prolonged standing or sitting, and hormonal influences, which is where menopause would play a role. ...Read more

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Dr. Ted King
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Varicose Veins (Definition)

Varicose veins are dilated, elongated, winding, tortuous veins that are usually found in the legs but can affect different parts of the body. Normal veins usually have valves that prevent the backflow of blood and help resist gravity while blood moves back to te heart. Varicose veins have dysfunctional valves so blood moves forward and back which causes the enlarged vessels. These varicose veins can be painful. Often the pain worsens after standing for a ...Read more


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Why do varicose veins throb during menopause?

Pressure in Veins: The throbbing is most likely from worsening venous insufficiency (leaky valves in veins) and not necessarily related to menopause itself. Below-knee compression socks are a good way to start controlling the pain. ...Read more

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Why do my varicose veins throb during my menstrual cycle?

Why do my varicose veins throb during my menstrual cycle?

Hormones play a role: Female hormones such as estrogen fluctuate in our menstral cycle and affect the "stretchiness" of our veins. This in turn causes the veins to enlarge which makes them throb. Some women will report similar symptoms on hormone therapy and during pregnancy, when our estrogen levels tend to fluctuate. If you have significant symptoms, consider wearing compression stockings and see a vein specialist. ...Read more

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What can I do about varicose veins?

What can I do about varicose veins?

Varicose veins: Most common treatment for varicose veins is endovenous ablation with laser (EVLT) or radiofrequency heat (Venfit). Other common treatments include phlebectomy surgery and ultrasound-guided sclerotherapy. Stripping of veins has traditionally been used in the past but is not common today. Seek opinion from board-certified vascular surgeon as they are vein experts that can offer all options to you. ...Read more

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How do you treat large varicose veins?

How do you treat large varicose veins?

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

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What can I do about my varicose veins?

What can I do about my varicose veins?

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

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What can I do to treat varicose veins?

What can I do to treat varicose veins?

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

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What is a good way to cure varicose veins?

What is a good way to cure varicose veins?

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

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Do varicose veins feel like bugs crawling?

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

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What can I do to remove my varicose veins?

What can I do to remove my varicose veins?

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

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Dr. Janet Greenhut
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Menopause (Definition)

Menopause is defined as the absence of menstrual periods for 12 months. During menopause, the ovaries stop producing estrogen and progesterone. After the complete transition into menopause, women can no longer get pregnant. The average age for menopause is 51 years old. Symptoms include dry vaginal tissue, irregular periods, hot flashes, mood ...Read more


Dr. Ted King
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Veins (Definition)

Veins are thin walled vessels that carry deoxygenated blood ...Read more