Pain of Varicose Veins Overview

Pain of Varicose Veins Overview

When suffering from varicose veins, many people say they experience pain, usually in the form of cramping or aching in the legs. Other symptoms of varicose veins can include heaviness, tingling, throbbing, burning, tiredness, or restlessness in the legs.

What Are Varicose Veins?

Varicose veins are raised, swollen blood vessels that often twist and turn, giving them a “ropey” appearance. They generally develop in the leg and are visible through the skin. There are a number of factors that can cause varicose veins or a predisposition to getting them, including:

  • Genetics/heredity
  • Jobs that require long periods of standing
  • Obesity
  • Hormonal changes that occur during puberty, pregnancy, and menopause
  • A history of blood clots
  • Conditions that cause increased abdominal pressure, such as constipation or tumors
  • Externally worn garments such as girdles

Pain Caused by Varicose Veins

As previously stated, varicose vein sufferers often describe painful conditions such as aching or cramping. In women, these symptoms can become worse during certain parts of the menstrual cycle or during pregnancy. While less common, other painful symptoms can include swelling and skin ulcers. In some cases, the varicose veins can cause a painful blood clot, along with inflammation of the vein.

Varicose Veins Pain

Treating Varicose Veins

There are several treatments that can alleviate the pain and other symptoms of varicose veins, including:

  • Wearing support stockings — This is the first approach to treating varicose veins. Also, elevating the legs can also help.
  • Changing your lifestyle — Certain lifestyle changes such as weight loss (if needed), good skin hygiene, and exercising can help treat varicose veins.
  • Sclerotherapy — This procedure entails a concentrated solution being injected in the vein, which cause the vein to disappear over the next several weeks.
  • Endovenous laser treatment — During this type of treatment a small laser fiber is inserted into the vein to deliver laser energy to cause the vein to collapse.
  • Radiofrequency occlusion — A tiny catheter is inserted into the vein to deliver radiofrequency energy. The vein the collapses and seals shut.

At the Laser Lipo and Vein Center, Dr. Wright and his team are very experienced in diagnosing and treating varicose veins and other vein issues. If you are concerned or want to know if you are at risk, please call us to set up a complimentary consultation. We want to ensure your vein health, along with your overall health!