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What is the difference between poor lymphatic flow and varicose veins?

What is the difference between poor lymphatic flow and varicose veins?

Lymph vs Blood: Lymph and blood flow from your limbs to your heart in different vessels. Lymph flows in tiny vessels that can be damaged (surgery, radiation, inflammation) causing lymph to build up in tissues and swelling. Blood flows through veins which are larger and thicker. Valves keep blood from going the wrong way. When the valves don't work, blood pools and distends the veins causing varicose veins. ...Read more

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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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What is the difference between Varicose Veins and Neuropathy when it comes to symptoms?

What is the difference between Varicose Veins and Neuropathy when it comes to symptoms?

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

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What is the difference between prominent veins and varicose veins? When i have anal fistula i have restless leg and developed to have prominent veins.

What is the difference between prominent veins and varicose veins?
When i have anal fistula i have restless leg and developed to have prominent veins.

Varicose Veins : varicose veins are a result of venous insufficiency secondary to broken venous valves. It usually progresses to pain, swelling, skin darkening of the legs and sometime it may cause restless leg syndrome. It can also lead to superficial thrombophlebitis and subsequently to deep vein thrombosis. This should be treated and I recommend seeing a general surgeon who treats Varicose veins. ...Read more

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What are the similarity and difference between hemorrhoids and varicose veins on legs?

What are the similarity and difference between hemorrhoids and varicose veins on legs?

Hemorrhoids: Both hemorrhoid veins and lower extremity veins work to carry blood from the tissues back toward the heart. Hemorrhoids and varicose veins happen due to malfunction of the blood flow toward the heart. Pooling of blood in the rectum/ pelvis causes blood congestion of the hemorrhoidal veins resulting in hemorrhoids. Pooling of blood in the limbs causes stagnation of blood and varicose veins. ...Read more

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I am a runner and have varicose veins. A massagetherapist told me that I should get compression tights?Do the tights make any difference?

I am a runner and have varicose veins. A massagetherapist told me that I should get compression tights?Do the tights make any difference?

Yes: Graduated compression tights or socks can improve your venous circulation. When you have varicose veins, there is a backward flow of blood, pooling of blood in the legs, instead of going up to the heart. It is a genetic disease. The socks push the blood back into your deep veins, decrease the vein dilatation, and enhance the calf muscle pump action. ...Read more

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The similarity and difference of hemorrhoids and varicose veins?

The similarity and difference of hemorrhoids and varicose veins?

Location different: If there is increased pressure in veins then they become larger and prominent. Varicose veins in the legs enlarge because they have a leaky valve and gravity tends to pull the blood back down causing the veins to enlarge. Hemorrhoids are veins in the anus that enlarge due to pressure from constipation and straining. ...Read more

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I have varicose veins & 1 in left leg that bulges. I found out that the blood flow is going the wrong way 2 yrs ago, should I be concerned?

I have varicose veins & 1 in left leg that bulges. I found out that the blood flow is going the wrong way 2 yrs ago, should I be concerned?

Bulging leg veins: Fortunately, blood flow going the wrong way in varicose veins doesn't mean that your overall circulation is bad. So, in that sense, you don't have to be concerned. On the other hand, varicose vein disease is a progressive problem that will get worse with time. Leg elevation and stockings will help symptoms but won't fix the problem. I would also recommend that you see a vein specialist. ...Read more

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Do varicose veins imply poor circulation and possible increase in risk of heart disease?

Do varicose veins imply poor circulation and possible increase in risk of heart disease?

No: Varicose veins are due to incompetent valves in the veins of the legs. It does not reflect on your heart. When you stand for long periods of time, gravity assists in pooling of the blood in the lower extremities. The same happens when sitting for long periods of time since blood flow back to the heart is impeded by the pressure on the back of your legs. ...Read more

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33, F, PCOS,Can varicose veins cause decreased blood flow to the uterus and cause no sensation while having intercourse or low libido in a female?

33, F, PCOS,Can varicose veins cause decreased blood flow to the uterus and cause no sensation while having intercourse or low libido in a female?

Typically no: Varicose veins are not typically linked to decreased blood flow to the uterus, a lack of sensation during intercourse or decreased libido. There are a variety of treatments for varicose veins. Consider seeing a specialist. A gynecologist can address the very complex issue of decreased libido with you as well. ...Read more

Lymphatic (Definition)

Arteries and veins carry blood around the body. Fluid leaks out and bathes the tissues and is returned to the heart by a system of vessels termed the lymphatic system. Without it fluid would accumulate in tissues ...Read more


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Veins (Definition)

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