Signs and Symptoms of Varicose Veins
Can you see bulging veins or spider veins on your legs? If not, you probably wonder if it's possible to detect varicose veins before they start bulging on your legs.
For proper circulation we need arteries and veins (well, this gets more complicated, but that's another research for you to do:)
- Arteries carry oxygen-rich blood and nutrients from your heart to all parts of your body
- Veins carry oxygen-depleted blood back to your heart and lungs for “refurbishing”
heart pump is located far, far away from your feet and ankles, our legs depend on a
muscle pump to remove oxygen-depleted blood and to supply fresh oxygen back to peripheries.
Veins in legs, come with system of valves, opening and closing only in one direction, to prevent backflow. This is where troubles with varicose veins start. At some point, due to prolonged periods of inactivity, inflammation, contusion etc. valves in veins fail to fully close. Pressure created by blood flowing in the wrong directions creates cascading, waterfall effect and further damages lower vein segments. This invisible vein bulging, is what we feel as dull ache in one area, pain, stubborn throbbing sensation, leg cramps at night, itchy burning skin, or see as swelling of feet & ankles, rash on skin below knee, spider veins on your inner ankles...
Some people will never develop visible varicosities. They will have eczema, itchy skin, brown discolorations on lower legs and open ulcer yet still will not have visible varicose veins!
1. Do you experience pain in your thighs, calves, ankles or entire leg?
- Does pain seem to be related to prolonged standing, sitting, hot weather, menstrual periods, walking, riding in a car?
- Is that pain alleviated by elevating your legs, walking, or wearing elastic stockings?
Pain sensitivity varies from person to person. The most common descriptions are pain at rest, a dull ache, burning pain, a sharp pain in the legs, muscular cramps, night cramps, heaviness or tired feeling in the legs in legs.
2. Do you experience swelling in your feet, ankles or legs?
- Does swelling seem to be related to prolonged standing, sitting, hot weather, menstrual periods, walking, riding in a car?
- Is that swelling alleviated by elevating your legs, walking, or wearing elastic stockings?
3. Have any of your parents or grandparents had varicose veins or leg ulcers?
4. Does the condition of your legs affect you, your employment, your lifestyle?
- Do your daily duties require prolonged periods of sitting or standing?
- Does it affect your daily activities, employment status, difficulty with employment?
- Does it influence the quality of your life, sleep, hobbies, or choice of clothing?
5. Itchy skin on legs. Yes, itching of skin on your legs can be directly related to venous insufficiency. Look closer, if you detect spider veins or enlarged veins in the area chances are you should consider visiting vein clinic for evaluation and possibly treatment.
If you answered no to every single question, you most likely do not have
to worry about venous insufficiency.
However, if you answered yes to some of the above questions, you should consider scheduling an appointment for a detailed evaluation.
Your symptoms might be a result of multiple origins, making it crucial to establish a proper diagnosis and develop a comprehensive treatment plan.
With over 20 years of experience, Dr. Jozef Tryzno, is one of the very few doctors in the area, who personally conducts all ultrasound exams & evaluations to fully assess the extent of venous insufficient disease in each patient.
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