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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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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