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What happens to veins after loss of muscle mass?
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For many years I did squats with heavy weights leading to muscular legs & glutes. I had to stop due to back problem. I lost 40 pounds in 6 months, mostly due to muscle atrophy. What happens when veins are no longer needed, atrophy? hemorrhoids?
Are compression sleeves best for me?
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I have just heard of the compression leg sleeves. I was diagnosed with a blood clot in my left thigh about a year and a half ago. I have the stockings and while they are very attractive, I was wondering if the sleeves would work?
Where does the excess fluids go when wearing compressoin stockings?
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I have edmema, most likely caused by my beta blocker. If I wear the compression stockings (knee highs), where does the fluids go? Do they really get rid of fluids, or just spread it more evenly?
I have pain after taking off compression stockings, is this normal?
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After wearing my stockings all day, I come home and take them off after supper. After I remove them, I feel the pain happening right away. Is this normal?
How soon after microphlebectomy can I exercise?
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How soon after my procedure can I resume body weight exercise, such as pistol squats, planks and pull ups? How soon after can I resume kettle bell practice (swings, snatches, get-ups)? Thank you.
Why do I have a lump?
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Why am I having a big hard lump in my groin 2 weeks after Radiofrequency Ablation? Two weeks after ablation I started to develop a huge lump on my groin. It is getting harder and it seems like it is moving upwards and getting more painful everyday.
How will the VNUS closure procedure help if there are no healthy veins for blood to be rerouted to?
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I have venus insufficiency, as noted on ultrasound, in both the deep system (right leg) and superficial system (both legs). How will the VNUS closure procedure help if there are no healthy veins for blood to be rerouted to?
Why are my compression stockings causing stiffness & mild pain in my knees?
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I have stiffness & mild pain in my knees when wearing 20-30 mmHg thigh-high compression stockings. Why is this? Can pressure on the knee caps cause osteoarthritis of the knee caps & knees over a period of time? Most knee braces have a hole over the knee caps for safety.
After having radiofrequency occlusion on one leg, how long before the same procedure can be performed on the opposite leg?
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I have minor reflux on both calves (small saphenous vein) and will be scheduled for VNUS radiofrequency occlusion. My doctor said we could do one leg first and another leg the next day. Is it too soon? I'm worried about the chance of blood clot (DVT). After having the procedure performed on one leg, how soon can the same procedure can be done on the opposite leg?

Are bruising and darker veins normal sclerotherapy results?
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I have done my first sclerotherapy treatment two weeks ago. I have healed from most bruising but I feel that the veins are now darker and more visible. Is that normal? I had to be in the sun recently, but used a lot of sunscreen and covered my legs with a long skirt.
What kind of compression stockings should I wear after foam sclerotherapy?
(23 answers)
Should they be 20-30mmHg or 30-40mmHg?
Is sclerotherapy safe during pregnancy?
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While pregnant with my first child I've developed a large number of spider veins on my legs/thighs. Are spider veins more prevalent during pregnancy? Do they go away after delivery? Can I get sclerotherapy while I'm pregnant?
Can I do yoga after the sclerotherapy?
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I had sclerotherapy on 4.19.12 on both legs. I stopped wearing compressing stockings after 2 weeks as recommended by my doctor. I walk whenever possible but would like to do my yoga also. Will yoga be harmful for the veins?
What sensation or feeling should one expect after ELA of the saphenous vein and for how long?
(18 answers)
Three weeks ago I had endovenous laser ablation of the saphenous vein. I have a pulling sensation. Is this normal? How long with the feeling last?
Are compression stockings contraindicated in my situation?
(17 answers)
I have severe venous reflux in the right greater saphenous vein and a past history of heart attacks. I recently quit smoking and am being treated for high blood pressure. My cardiologist wants me to use compression socks. Is this a good or bad idea?
Are knee high compression stockings ok for a male working on concrete?
(17 answers)
My male friend wears knee high nylons for working his shift on concrete. Is this correct?
Is there a non-surgical way to manage pain in my legs coming from veins?
(17 answers)
I am 26 and have had premature ovarian failure since the age of 19. Since then I have also felt pain in my veins on the side of my thighs and behind my knees. It gets worse with long periods of sitting or standing. Is there a way to reduce the pain without surgery? What can I do?

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