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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

Dr. Ted King
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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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Got varicose veins in 1 leg. Area just under knee on back throbbing. Got bruises near but it hurts above it. Better (still there) when walking. Dvt?

Got varicose veins in 1 leg. Area just under knee on back throbbing. Got bruises near but it hurts above it. Better (still there) when walking. Dvt?

Baker cyst: An ultrasound is definitive and critical to get. Though what you have sounds like a baker's cyst - a benign fluid filled cyst - pain or swelling in this area can always potentially be a DVT and must have an ultrasound to rule that out. Go to an urgent care and call ahead to make sure they have ultrasound if you are looking for the most economical option. A phlebologist can also check you. ...Read more

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Varicose vein & saphenous vein valve grossly incompent. Foot tingly/leg heavy now 6hr later top of thigh throbbing. In bed last 4hrs. Worry?

Varicose vein & saphenous vein valve grossly incompent. Foot tingly/leg heavy now 6hr later top of thigh throbbing. In bed last 4hrs. Worry?

Yes: You chronic venous insufficiency by history. You are at increased risk for pulmonary embolism. You should be evaluated for DVT. This can be done non-invasively with an venous ultrasound. Because of you symptoms, I would see a physician as soon as you can. ...Read more

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Why do varicose veins throb during menopause?

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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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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Why do my varicose veins throb when im on my period?

Why do my varicose veins throb when im on my period?

Hormonal fluctuation: Drs. White and w-k have given very nice answers and I agree with them entirely. The major issue is hormonal fluctuation just before your period starts. Progesterone causes veins to dilate. This allows them to hold more blood and have higher pressure. Higher pressure in veins causes inflammation and pain. A soon as your period starts, Progesterone levels drop, vein shrink and your pain lessens. ...Read more

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What are simple home remedies for varicose veins?

What are simple home remedies for varicose veins?

Vein home remedies: Exercise, leg elevation and compression stockings may help some of the symptoms but will not get them to go away completely.
It's probably best to meet with a surgeon that is a vein specialist to discuss all of the medical and surgical options that are available today like RFA, EVLA, MOCA and foam sclerotherapy, or even just compression stockings to aid in management of your symptoms. ...Read more

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What bad diseases are associated with varicose veins?

What bad diseases are associated with varicose veins?

Varicose vein: Venous stasis ulcers, venous stasis dermatitis, pitting edema to name a few of the long term sequelae.

Skin disoloration, and ulcers being the worst. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about trmt for spider/varicose veins?

Can you tell me about trmt for spider/varicose veins?

Many options: Spider veins usually treated with sclerotherapy injections or thermal energy such as laser or Ohmic thermolysis. Varicose veins can be treated with endovenous mechanical, chemical, or thermal ablation. This includes EVLT, radiofrequency ablation, sclerotherapy, Clarivein, phlebectomy, or vein ligations. Best option is to see a vascular surgeon who specializes in veins and get an expert consult. ...Read more

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What can lead to, or is associated with Varicose veins?

What can lead to, or is associated with Varicose veins?

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

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What can cause varicose veins, and are they a health risk?

What can cause varicose veins, and are they a health risk?

Varicose veins: There are many causes include heredity, obesity, multiple pregnancies, jobs that require prolonged standing, local trauma, previous clots, etc.
Treatment is either medical, compression stockings, or surgical, minimally invasive procedures and can include phlebectomy, sclerotherapy, EVLA, RFA.
Meet with a surgeon experienced in treatment of this problem to discuss options after having an ultrasound ...Read more

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What's the youngest age people start getting varicose veins?

What's the youngest age people start getting varicose veins?

Can be from birth: Sometimes abnormal veins that appear to be varicose veins can develop before birth. These veins can sometimes be apparent in the legs when a child is only a few months old and might need to be treated by the time of starting school. This is unusual. Typically, the earliest that varicose veins will be seen and require treatment will be when a child is in high school. ...Read more

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I've got varicose veins. What can I do to have it less visible?

See a specialist.: Veins can be treated with endovenous ablation, phlebectomy or sclerotherapy. A proper vein specialist (phlebologist) will have you do an ultrasound while standing to determine your best options. Treatments are in-office and usually less than an hour under local anesthetic. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of varicose veins? Can you feel them blowing out?

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

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How can I hide varicose veins without makeup?

How can I hide varicose veins without makeup?

Spray Tan: Spray tans can help. Also, wearing some sore of compression stocking on the leg will flatten them and make them bulge out less. Best option is to get the veins treated so that you are not trying to hide them. There are many good options available for treatment. Vein disease tends to worsen with time, so delaying treatment is not a great idea. . . it can lead to medical problems in your legs. ...Read more

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Varicose veins already a 31. How can I prevent more?

See Vascular Surgeon: I would suggest seeing a vascular surgeon to get sound advice. These veins do often form at a young age as the problem is typically genetic. Compression therapy can help slow the development, but there can often be curative therapies depending on your specific condition. An ultrasound should be done to assess for saphenous vein reflux which can often be cured & prevent new varicose veins ...Read more

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What can I do to stop the varicose veins from itching?

What can I do to stop the varicose veins from itching?

Treat the Veins: The best choice is to have the veins treated by a board certified phlebologist. Graduated compression stockings may beneficial also. ...Read more

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Can you tell me is butchers broom good for varicose veins?

Can you tell me is butchers broom good for varicose veins?

No evidence: There is no evidence from medical research that butchers broom is truly helpful for treatment of varicose veins. If you have varicose veins, they are typically a progressive disease that can cause medical problems if left untreated. Recommend that you consult with a vascular surgeon, as they are considered the most qualified vein specialists to deal with your concerns. ...Read more

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How to cure varicose veins naturally without having surgery?

How to cure varicose veins naturally without having surgery?

None that works.: Varicose veins are due to leaking valves in the saphenous vein system. There is a strong hereditary component. There are many potential home remedies such as horse chestnut, diosmin, escin and certain kinds of berries but none of these work. If you have varicose veins, then you should see a vein specialist for a f/u venous evaluation including a venous ultrasound. ...Read more

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What is the best way to prevent and or reduce varicose veins?

What is the best way to prevent and or reduce varicose veins?

Genetics: Most varicose problems stem from heredity...Certain lifesyles and work situations can increase the stress on vein valves and bring out an underlying inherent weakness...Trauma, pregnancy, obesity, smoking, hormone therapy are just a few of the associated causitive factors. ...Read more

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What should a person who is working in an office do for varicose veins?

Exercise: The keys to minimizing varicose veins are exercise to keep the muscular vein pump of the leg working, elevation to decrease swelling, and support or compression hose to decrease vein size and provide counterpressure. ...Read more

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Are all veins supposed to be straight? Or can normal (non varicose) veins curve?

Are all veins supposed to be straight? Or can normal (non varicose) veins curve?

Humans are not...: Humans are not made of straight lines, perfect circles, or right angles. We are a collection of all sorts of shapes and lines. Veins lead from one place to another, sometimes directly, sometimes curving here and there, before getting back to the heart. ...Read more

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Please let me know if there is really any effective remedy to cure varicose veins?

Please let me know if there is really any effective remedy to cure varicose veins?

Depends of Anatomy: Whether there will be an effective method to "cure" your varicose veins will depend upon your underlying anatomy, which is genetically determined. The most common "curative" procedure is available for people with "saphenous vein reflux". This is typically treated with endovenous ablation therapy with great long-term results. Other patients do not have this pattern & may have higher recurrence. ...Read more

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How can I get rid of ugly varicose veins?

Start with a consult: There are a variety of treatments available. The exact treatment plan will depend on the pattern of disease present.

Start with a consultation with a phlebologist, interventional radiologist, or vascular surgeon who is committed to treating vein disease. Evaluation will include a history and physical examination and an ultrasound examination, which should be done with the patient standing. ...Read more

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How can you get rid of varicose veins forever?

How can you get rid of varicose veins forever?

You probably can't: While treatment techniques used today generally offer excellent results for most patients, it is likely that new veins will develop over time. With periodic maintenance treatment it is often possible to keep one's legs in good shape. See a vein specialist/phlebologist. For more info, see http://www. Phlebology. Org/. ...Read more

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How does the evlt procedure treat varicose veins?

Very well: Varicose veins on the surface are often related to poorly functioning veins below the skin. These veins are detected by ultrasound. Evlt is an excellent treatment for many of these underlying veins. A small needle is placed into the underlying vein. A laser fiber is placed through the needle into the vein. After local anesthesia, laser energy is delivered to the vein in order to eliminate it. ...Read more

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Can horse chestnuts help the appearance of varicose veins?

Can horse chestnuts help the appearance of varicose veins?

NO!: Horse chestnuts are poisonous!

there are some claims that an extract of horse chestnut may be helpful for varicose veins, but the evidence is weak at best. ...Read more

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Should I go to a dermatologist to get varicose veins fixed?

Should I go to a dermatologist to get varicose veins fixed?

Vein doctor: Please look up a vein specialist: american college of phlebology: www. Phlebology. Org and put in your zip code. Some dermatologists are phlebologists who specialize in vein care. ...Read more

Menstrual Cycle (Definition)

The menstrual cycle begins with the shedding of the uterine lining, resulting in bleeding from the vagina. A few weeks later, one ovary releases an egg and the uterine lining thickens in preparation for a potential pregnancy. Pregnancy can occur at this stage if sperm fertilizes the egg. If the egg is not fertilized, the egg will leave your body and ...Read more


Menstrual (Definition)

Menstrual refers to the monthly cycle in women which prepares the female for ovulation, generally once per month, which is that time of month that the egg can be fertilized by the male sperm, for the purpose of reproduction. Menstrual cycles start at the first day of menstruation. (it's always been curious to me that 'menstrual' and ...Read more