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Are varicose veins painful?

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Dr. Lornell Hansen
Phlebology
13 doctors agree

In brief: Possibly

Other symptoms can include restless leg syndrome, skin changes in the lower leg to include darkened pigmentation, eczema and even ulcers.
If you are having pain consult a board certified phlebologist, interventional radiologist or a vascular surgeon.

In brief: Possibly

Other symptoms can include restless leg syndrome, skin changes in the lower leg to include darkened pigmentation, eczema and even ulcers.
If you are having pain consult a board certified phlebologist, interventional radiologist or a vascular surgeon.
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Dr. Ted King
Absolutely. Other symptoms that can occur with varicose veins include leg aching, burning, itching, throbbing, heaviness, fatigue, tiredness, cramping, and swelling. As Dr. Hansen mentioned, restless legs syndrome also commonly occurs in patients with varicose veins.
Dr. Sendhil Subramanian
Radiology - Interventional
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes they can be

Varicose veins can cause multiple symptoms including being painful.
Your legs can also swell and itch. They can cause discoloration. The underlying cause is venous insufficiency or reflux.

In brief: Yes they can be

Varicose veins can cause multiple symptoms including being painful.
Your legs can also swell and itch. They can cause discoloration. The underlying cause is venous insufficiency or reflux.
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Dr. Margaret Mann
Dermatology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Sometimes

In addition to their unsightly cosmetic appearance, varicose veins can be painful, though not all patients report pain.
Some patients experience heaviness, tiredness, aching, or cramping especially after standing or exercising for long periods of time, while others complain of burning or tingling sensation, occasional swelling or throbbing, and tenderness around the veins.

In brief: Sometimes

In addition to their unsightly cosmetic appearance, varicose veins can be painful, though not all patients report pain.
Some patients experience heaviness, tiredness, aching, or cramping especially after standing or exercising for long periods of time, while others complain of burning or tingling sensation, occasional swelling or throbbing, and tenderness around the veins.
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Dr. Christopher Bulger
Varicose veins maybe painful when swollen simply swollen, however, acute pain with additional physical findings may be indicative of phlebitis or a superfical thrombus.
Dr. Vasu Brown
Integrative Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: If inflammed

If there is inflammation of veins it is painful.

In brief: If inflammed

If there is inflammation of veins it is painful.
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Dr. Thomas Wright
Phlebology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Frequently Yes

In addition to " pain " the following symptoms commonly occur with varicose veins: leg aching, burning, itching, throbbing, heaviness, fatigue, tiredness, cramping, swelling in legs and leg restlessness or "restless legs syndrome".
If you are having pain or other discomfort you should see a vein specialist and consider treatment.

In brief: Frequently Yes

In addition to " pain " the following symptoms commonly occur with varicose veins: leg aching, burning, itching, throbbing, heaviness, fatigue, tiredness, cramping, swelling in legs and leg restlessness or "restless legs syndrome".
If you are having pain or other discomfort you should see a vein specialist and consider treatment.
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Dr. Norman Chideckel
Surgery - Vascular
2 doctors agree

In brief: It depends

Pain is subjective some people have large varicose veins yet have no symptoms, others with smaller size veins may.
There are various symptoms swelling heaviness tired legs, itchy sensation.

In brief: It depends

Pain is subjective some people have large varicose veins yet have no symptoms, others with smaller size veins may.
There are various symptoms swelling heaviness tired legs, itchy sensation.
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Dr. Ted King
Phlebology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes, often

Besides pain, varicose veins can cause aching, throbbing, restlessness, cramping, itching, burning, heaviness, tiredness, fatigue, and ankle swelling.
Generally, the longer you are on your feet, the worse the symptoms become. If inflamed, the pain becomes worse and you can even get warmth, swelling and redness of the vein. Chronic inflammation can cause skin discoloration and even ulceration.

In brief: Yes, often

Besides pain, varicose veins can cause aching, throbbing, restlessness, cramping, itching, burning, heaviness, tiredness, fatigue, and ankle swelling.
Generally, the longer you are on your feet, the worse the symptoms become. If inflamed, the pain becomes worse and you can even get warmth, swelling and redness of the vein. Chronic inflammation can cause skin discoloration and even ulceration.
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In brief: Sometimes

Most people with varicose veins don't have any symptoms , with larger varicose veins people can experience pain and ache .
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In brief: Sometimes

Most people with varicose veins don't have any symptoms , with larger varicose veins people can experience pain and ache .
http://patient.info/health/varicose-veins-leaflet
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Dr. Joel Gotvald
Surgery - Vascular

In brief: Often they are

Because varicose veins are associated with abnormally elevated venous pressure in the leg veins, they are often associated with pain.
Other reasons they can be painful is that they can be associated with inlfammatory phlebitis, blood clots (thrombophlebitis), skin damage, or venous ulcers. Pain or discomfort is one of the most common reasons that patients with varicose veins present to a doctor.

In brief: Often they are

Because varicose veins are associated with abnormally elevated venous pressure in the leg veins, they are often associated with pain.
Other reasons they can be painful is that they can be associated with inlfammatory phlebitis, blood clots (thrombophlebitis), skin damage, or venous ulcers. Pain or discomfort is one of the most common reasons that patients with varicose veins present to a doctor.
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