What Is Vein Disease?
To understand vein disease effectively, you first need to know the general anatomy of veins.
Veins carry deoxygenated blood from all parts of the body to the heart. Also, veins have a one-way valve.
Unfortunately, there are few exceptional cases where these veins work two-ways, which is, taking the oxygen-depleted blood to the legs and creating severe inflammation and blood clots. This condition is vein disease.
Symptoms of Vein Disease
Blood clotting and severe inflammation can lead to accumulation of bulging varicose veins or spider veins. The immediate symptoms include itching, throbbing, pain, aching, cramping, heaviness, and swelling of legs.
These symptoms get worse with time. Your legs might turn numb if you stand or sit in one position for too long. Also, it can cause ulceration in the lower leg.
Moreover, extreme complications include damaged or darkened skin around the ankles.
Growing Risk of Vein Disease
Most individuals suffering from vein disease usually have parents or blood-related guardians who have gone through the same condition. Therefore, you can inherit this disease as well. The risk is 33% if one of your parents has had vein disease and 99% if both the parents have or had a vein disease.
Causes of Vein Disease
- Advancing Age
- Standing for a prolonged moment
- Sitting in one position for a long time, especially with legs crossed.
- Wearing tight clothes
- Vein disease circulating in the family
- Vein injury
How to Diagnose Vein Disease?
Diagnosis of vein disease is easier with ultrasound study. According to this study, the function of veins is detected through sound waves. If the waves are smooth, then there is no blood clotting or inflammation, resulting in the reports being negative.
Moreover, the ultrasound study also includes taking images of the leg and the deeper veins within the skin. The test results are accurate and only an experienced vascular phlebologist performs it. The doctor who performs this test is a vein doctor. The best part, this examination involves no pain.
How Can I Make Sure That I Have Vein Disease, Or I Need To Get Some Medical Test Done?
Some symptoms are easily detectable, and most people recognize them immediately. But for those who can’t, here are some alarming symptoms for you.
- Skin discoloration
- Legs itching, cramp, ache and feel heavy
- Bulging spider vein (blue veins)
- Vein swelling
It is advisable to get a test as soon as you catch any of the symptoms.
Would Compression Stockings Help Reduce The Pain?
If you’re looking for temporary relief, sure compression stockings might reduce the pain levels to 50%. But in the long run, it won’t treat your vein disease.
How Long Does The Whole Treatment Take?
With the advanced diagnosis and treatments, the whole procedure will only take a few days.
Is There Any Insurance Available To Support Vein Treatment?
Insurance coverages usually cover this medical treatment. You can always inquire about your options from the doctor or the employer who’s providing the medical coverage.
Suffering from a vein disease can be extremely painful. Therefore, if you think you have most of the vein disease symptoms, you should book your appointment with Norman Chideckel, MD, vascular surgery and vein center. Dr. Norman Chideckel will help you achieve your healthy and beautiful legs through the most reliable and professional treatments.
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