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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)

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


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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

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Jog a few miles sometimes - must i stop occasionally to avoid varicose veins?

Absolutely Not: Exercise does not cause or lead to varicose veins. In fact, exercise is one of the components of what we refer to as conservative care, which helps reduce or minimize venous issues. When you are running, your muscles are working, and helping to pump blood through your legs, which is good for you. What is bad is the venous pooling that occurs when one sits or stands for long periods of time. ...Read more

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I have varicose veins, at home is it better to apply a cold or hot compress to the vains?

VV treatment.: Neither hot nor cold compresses will help varicose veins. Varicose veins are due to malfunctioning valves of the saphenous system of veins. The gold standard for treatment is to have a venous ultrasound to make the diagnosis and aid in the formulation of a treatment plan. Support hose may help temporarily. See a vein specialist. ...Read more

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I have not worn shorts or a short dress in 9yrs due to me having varicose veins. Is there any help for this?

I have not worn shorts or a short dress in 9yrs due to me having varicose veins. Is there any help for this?

Yes help: Look up american college of phlebology website to start to understand this disease varicose veins just get worse with time & can lead to deep vein thrombosis or cause skin changes, cramping, restless legs, swelling, or leg ulcers or vein ruptures. It is better to get treated early now that there are minimally invasive procedures done in office with local anesthetic to remove unsightly veins. ...Read more

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I have not worn shorts or a short dress in 9yrs due to me having varicose veins. Is there finally a solution?

I have not worn shorts or a short dress in 9yrs due to me having varicose veins. Is there finally a solution?

Vein Specialist: I hear this complaint every day. Varicose veins are due to malfunctioning valves(refluxing) usually of the saphenous system. You should have a full venous evaluation with a reflux venous ultrasound and this is best evaluated by a vein specialist. There are many minimally invasive and cosmetically very acceptable treatments for varicose veins. ...Read more

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Are varicose veins deadly?

No: In and of themselves, varicose veins are not fatal or deadly. However, left untreated, the underlying venous insufficiency that causes varicose veins, can lead to long term complications, some of which can be quite severe, including chronic limb swelling, skin thickening/discoloration/ulceration, infections, clots, or even bleeds. Early treatment can easily avoid these end-stage complications. ...Read more

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Do Varicose Veins cause DVTs?

Do Varicose Veins cause DVTs?

DVT's in deep veins: DVT or deep vein thrombosis is confined to the deep veins. Varicose veins are bulging superficial veins. These empty into the deep veins. Occasionally, clots in superficial veins can grow and enter the deep veins. Usually, some condition promoting clotting tendency in blood combined with immobility causes most DVT's. ...Read more

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How do I prevent varicose veins?

How do I prevent varicose veins?

Hard to do: There are several things that can probably help to prevent varicose veins. Unfortunately, even if you do everything right (use prescription compression stockings, don't stand too long, don't gain weight, get exercise, put your feet up as much as you can, etc.) varicose veins can develop anyway. If you inherit the tendency to get varicose veins, you will still get them, but maybe less. ...Read more

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Can vaginal varicose veins itch?

Can vaginal varicose veins itch?

Yes: Vaginal varices can itch but often are also associated with labial varices which also can cause irritation and itching. Do not forget, however, that vaginal itching is more commonly associated with vaginal infections or fungal skin infections, sometimes with urinary tract infections. I would recommend you see your doctor before assuming that the cause of itching is from the varices. ...Read more

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Is zumba good for varicose veins?

Is zumba good for varicose veins?

YES: Exercise is good for varicose veins because the muscle contractions of the calf increases the venous return to the heart and reduces the venous back pressure. This is essentially what compression hose does. ...Read more

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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