How to know if you have vein disease – common vein disease symptoms.
Of the 80 million people in the United States struggling with vein disease such as varicose veins, spider veins, saphenous vein reflux and chronic venous insufficiency, many continue to live with their vein disease symptoms and without treatment because their disease remains undiagnosed. While most people recognize bulging leg veins or varicose veins as a symptom of vein disease, they don’t usually know many other ways that vein disease can manifest itself.
Harvard trained Dr. Shaun Patel often sees patients who only complain of leg fatigue and heaviness during their initial vein evaluation. “Many people think that standing all day is the real cause of these symptoms however I often have to spend time educating the patient that the standing actually increases the amount of blood that pools in their legs since the valves in their veins are not functioning properly”, says Dr. Patel. Treating the varicose veins eliminates the discomfort in the legs and improves quality of life.
A good rule of thumb is that if you’re legs feel tired and heavy legs and you make up at night with leg pain, try elevating your legs for a few minutes. If the heaviness, fatigue and swelling improve after leg elevation, that’s a good sign that what you are experiencing may actually be vein disease symptoms.
If you’ve been diagnosed with Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS) or feel the urge to move your legs due to unpleasant sensations, you may also be experiencing symptoms of vein disease. Treating the veins in this case will relieve these symptoms and may eliminate the need for medication to treat RLS.
Darkening of the skin color or thickening of the skin around the ankles and lower legs are other common vein disease symptoms. Because these skin changes may or may not cause pain, they’re often ignored. The skin changes can also include very dry, scaly skin, brown staining, dermatitis and cellulitis. And while these changes may not always be painful, they can be indicative of underlying chronic venous disease. Leg itching or even tingling, another common vein disease symptom, may not initially be recognized as a vein disease symptom. Occurring both after standing and even at night while in bed, these sensations may mean that the vein disease is progressing.
Open wounds on the lower leg or ankle may represent a venous ulcer. Of the three large classes of ulcers (diabetic, arterial and venous), venous ulcers are the most common. These wounds are difficult to treat without addressing the underlying vein disease and may be aggravated by undiagnosed venous insufficiency.
At Miami Skin and Vein, we offer complete vein evaluation including in office ultrasound to diagnosis vein disease and make sure necessary vein treatment is not delayed. If left untreated, varicose veins can progress to chronic venous insufficiency, a much more serious form of vein disease which is associated with severe skin changes, congestion and chronic leg ulcers.
Many patients are pleased to know that medical vein procedures are often covered by health insurance plans. These procedures are office based and offer a short recovery and quick return to everyday activities while also eliminating varicose veins and improving the appearance of your legs. Dr. Shaun Patel offers the latest spider and varicose vein treatments at Miami Skin and Vein.
If you, or someone you know is experiencing any of the symptoms we’ve discussed, don’t wait for the condition to worsening. Schedule an appointment to be seen today at our state of the art Coral Gables clinic.
Miami Skin and Vein
6705 Red Road, Suite 608
Coral Gables, Florida 33143