The obvious signs of varicose veins are bulging, twisted and discolored veins in your legs, but there are other symptoms that you should be aware of. And if you experience any of them, you should talk to your doctor.
Here are some common signs of varicose veins:
- Pain. Several things can cause your legs to hurt – problems with muscles, tendons and joints, or an underlying infection or illness. But veins that turn varicose can also create pain, and you might not see the veins because they are deeper within your leg instead of on the surface.
- Swelling. When valves in your veins do not work properly, fluid can accumulate in the leg. But swelling, also called edema, might be related to heart problems, too much salt in your diet, or other issues.
- A feeling of heaviness. When you are pregnant, or you have been sitting too long, your legs might feel heavy and you could have a hard time walking for a few steps. Pregnancy can cause the same thing. Neither requires a visit to the doctor. But if you are not pregnant and you experience this sensation frequently, it could be a sign of varicose veins allowing blood to pool in your legs.
- Discoloration. Your ankles and calves might be the first to show brown or reddish discoloration from vein leakage. It will look different than regular bruising and won’t go away on its own.
- Restless Leg Syndrome. If blood doesn’t circulate properly, you might feel the urge to move your legs when you sit or lie down for extended periods. There are other causes of this syndrome, though, including low iron in your blood.
- Ulcers. Open sores on your legs usually only occur if you have not treated long-time varicose veins. Most often, leg ulcers occur in the elderly, and they could be caused by other circulation problems.
Sometimes you can deal with minor varicose vein symptoms by exercising more, varying your work routine so that your break up long periods of standing or sitting, or wearing compression stockings. But none of these will make your varicose veins go away and whenever you experience symptoms, it’s a good idea to discuss them with a doctor, who can determine whether they are a sign of a serious underlying problem. Schedule a free vein consultation today and speak to a doctor.