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How can I get immediate relief for my varicose veins?

I have really bad varicose veins on my legs. What is something I can do to get immediate relief for them? What if I can't afford a procedure to get them completely removed? What options would I still have?


Doctors Answers (7)

The process of treating your veins involves an office visit with an ultrasound to determine the extent of your disease. You will be fitted for compression stockings. By wearing these, your symptoms will improve immediately. Then, we will determine what treatment you need to remove your damaged veins.

To treat the varicose veins properly, some combination of endovenous ablation for the larger saphenous trunks, and possibly microphlebectomy of some portions or sclerotherapy would be used. To get quick relief and have time to consider your options, you can wear medical grade compression hose. The hose is worn when you are out of bed and will compress the swollen and dilated varicose veins which improves the venous blood return to the heart, helps to resist the further expansion of the veins and will give you some immediate relief. Walking is also beneficial for maintaining and improving the venous circulation.

You need to have them evaluated, and then you can decide on a plan of action.

Professionally measured and fitted, medical-grade, thigh-length compression stockings will give you immediate relief. Applying them first thing in the morning will reduce the pressure and inflammation from the blood sitting in those veins. Taking an anti-inflammatory medication regularly, such as aspirin 81mg daily or ibuprofen, will help reduce this inflammation. If these are causing you pain, swelling, heaviness, aching, leg cramps, etc., you are eligible for insurance coverage to diagnose and treat these problems. An evaluation with an experienced surgeon/vascular surgeon who specializes in the treatment of varicose veins is a good start to finding your options.

The best immediate relief is over-the-counter compressive stockings. A clinical visit would be needed before making other recommendations.

The most immediate relief for varicose veins comes from compression stockings, elevation and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication like Naprosyn.

Aside from actual treatment the main option left would be to wear compression stockings. They won't improve the veins, but usually provide temporary relief while they are worn. Along with elevating your legs when possible and taking horse chestnut seed extract nutritional supplements, that's about it.

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