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Are varicose veins painful?

This question was asked in Stockton, California and has 9 answer(s) as of 02/18/2013.
Are varicose veins always painful?


Doctors Answers (9)

Varicose veins (VV) can be painful, especially at the end of the day and with long standing. VV are usually caused from backward flow (reflux) in leg veins. When reflux is present, gravity becomes the friend and foe of varicose veins. When legs are elevated, gravity is the friend, as gravity essentially drains the leg veins, relieves the pooling and pressure and makes them usually feel better. However, when the feet are below the hips, with standing and sitting, gravity is the foe as blood flows backwards in the legs toward the ankles, causing pooling, increased pressure, distention of the leg veins and all this can sometimes cause pain and discomfort in the leg and / or VVs.

Varicose veins are often painful. Most people with varicose veins have some painful symptoms such as leg cramps, leg fatigue,aching or tenderness from them. Not all varicose vein cause symptoms but most do.

Varicose veins may or may not present with symptoms. Those veins which are present for years with no symptoms can suddenly become symptomatic.

Varicose veins may be painful but are not always. If there is an underlying problem with the superficial or perforator veins it can cause leg aching, heaviness, fatigue, swelling and varicose veins. Thrombosed (clotted) varicose veins can be very painful.

No, varicose veins are not always painful. However, most people with true varicose veins have aching, heaviness and/or throbbing pain in their legs. They assume it is part of getting old, etc. and are pleasantly surprised when these symptoms go away after their varicose veins are treated.

Once you start suffering from your varicose veins, chances are that the pain will persist, unless the veins are treated.

Varicose veins are often non-painful or only occasionally painful but they can also be painful in some individuals particularly with time, with pregnancies, with prolonged standing and especially at the end of the day.

Varicose veins can be painful or they can be painless. Varicose veins were once normal veins that became dilated (enlarged) due to failure of the one way valves in the veins. Sometimes the increased venous pressure can cause the varicose vein to ache. Due to the stagnant blood, a varicose vein can develop a superficial venous thrombosis, which can be quite painful. While many varicose veins are painless, they are still at risk for developing a superficial venous thrombosis. Varicose veins, whether painless or not, do signify the presence of venous insufficiency of the deeper veins. The evaluation and treatment of varicose veins and venous thrombosis is best performed by a vein specialist, ideally a doctor who is board certified in phlebology and board certified in surgery.

Varicose veins can be painful.

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