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Varicose Veins Symptoms

Varicose veins are large, rope-like veins that are often one-quarter inch or larger in diameter and possess diseased valves. They may seem like a cosmetic concern but are typically the sign of a more serious medical condition. While some people may not experience discomfort or pain, others are more severely affected – a condition known as chronic venous insufficiency.

Patients suffering from varicose veins, venous insufficiency of the lower extremities, often complain of the following:

Symptoms: Achiness, pain and disagreeable “fatigue” in the legs, swollen feet and ankles, feeling of heaviness in the legs, burning sensation, itching, throbbing, restlessness and cramping in the legs, mainly at night.

Skin changes: In advanced stages in patients with varicose veins, skin changes commonly occur. Examples of skin changes, dermatitis (rash), eczematoid dermatitis (rash), open sores/ulcerations, brownish and unsightly discoloration. The most minor trauma, like a scratch may ultimately lead to an open sore that just won’t heal.

Complications of varicose veins: Although the majority of patients with varicose veins fail to develop complications, those with advanced disease carry far greater risk. Complications related to varicose veins include bleeding, blood clots (superficial & deep vein thrombosis), rashes and open sores that fail to heal.

Unusual Locations: Veins may occur in other portions of the body and cue us to important problems that lie deep to the surface of the skin. Although the majority of diseased veins occur in the lower extremities, they have been known to appear in other parts of your body such as the esophagus, pelvis, vagina, rectum and uterus.

It is the combination of symptoms and risk or presence of vein complications that have insurers recognizing the importance of controlling this disease process. Simply stated, if symptoms or complications are apparent, many insurers will declare the vein condition as one of medical necessity. Certainly if you are suffering from symptoms related to venous hypertension, it is reasonable to have a vein evaluation by a qualified physician.