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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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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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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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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 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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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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Varicose veins. What can I do?

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See a specialist: As dr. Hertzman said, you should have an evaluation from a vein specialist. In the mean time though, there are simple things you can do which will help temporarily. These include using properly fitting compression stockings with adequate compression. Elevating your legs when you can gives relief, as does taking anti-inflammatory medicine. Regular exercise and no prolonged standing also helps. ...Read more

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How can I avoid varicose veins?

How  can I avoid varicose veins?

Lifestyle can help: Anything that reduces stress on the vein valves will keep them from wearing out. Exercise is great - walk all the time and take the stairs. Avoid sitting with feet down for long periods of time or standing. If you have a job that requires sitting or standing (like me), invest in 20-30 mm medical grade compression stockings and wear them! you can't change genetics, but you can choose your lifestyle. ...Read more

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How can you treat varicose veins?

Ablation procedure: You can initially use compression stockings for conservative therapy. For more definitive treatment, typically need to get an ablation procedure performed (using laser or radiofrequency). May also need a combination with microphlebectomy. ...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


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Veins (Definition)

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