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Can varicose veins cause swelling and pain?

This question was asked in Greencastle, Indiana and has 6 answer(s) as of 02/12/2014.
My husband's knee is sore and swollen and has been for over 2 weeks and now his calf has been swollen for the last week. It is tight and getting painful. He is 49, great health but does take BP medication. There is a very large varicose vein down that leg too. Is there anything we can do or do we continue to give this time to go away or should we seek medical help? Could that varicose vein be causing the swelling?

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Doctors Answers (6)

It is possible that his vein problem could be causing the knee swelling, but more likely there is an injury to his knee that is causing the swelling. I would have him try to ice twice a day and take anti-inflammatory medication. If that doesn't help, then make an appointment with his primary care or orthopedic doctor.

Although knee pain is usually due to joint problems, varicose veins can certainly be a contributing factor as can certain medications, especially calcium channel blockers. Bottom line - see a qualified physician to sort out what's going on and treat what is necessary.

You should seek medical care; this problem could be from varicose veins.

His veins can cause significant swelling, but some blood pressure medications also cause swelling. He needs to be evaluated. There are other medical problems that can cause swelling as well.

Your husband should be seen as soon as possible to rule out a deep vein blood clot. It may be that there is an underlying knee problem causing the swelling, but it is better to be cautious. He should undergo an ultrasound test. If his doctor isn't able to do this test he should go to the ER.

Swelling and pain over a joint that is worsening is a very good reason to have this evaluated by a physician to determine the cause of the problem and possible treatments. It is not possible to know if the symptoms are related to the knee joint, veins, connective tissues or some other cause, but you should not take a wait-and-see approach with these symptoms. The proper course of action starts with a medical exam and a clear diagnosis of what is happening with the knee and lower leg.

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