I have been having pain in my legs lately. Can it be from my spider veins?

Sclerotherapy . 11 answers . 2 years ago

I stand all day and have recently noticed a lot of pain in my lower legs. It looks like I might have spider veins. Can they cause pain?

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2 years ago by Advanced Vein Center

Yes, spider veins can cause symptoms, typically itching or burning. I have had a few patients complain of more severe pain. These complaints will usually resolve with treatment.

2 years ago by Advanced Vein Center (View Profile)

Yes, spider veins can cause symptoms, typically itching or burning. I have had a few patients complain of more severe pain. These complaints will usually resolve with treatment.


2 years ago by General Vascular Surgery Group

Generally, pain is caused by valvular problems in the deeper veins, not the spider veins.

2 years ago by General Vascular Surgery Group (View Profile)

Generally, pain is caused by valvular problems in the deeper veins, not the spider veins.


2 years ago by Intermountain Vein Center

Refluxing veins cause pain in the legs. It's very possible that you have refluxing veins that are feeding those spider veins. An ultrasound would determine if some of your bigger veins in your legs are refluxing and would need treatment.

2 years ago by Intermountain Vein Center (View Profile)

Refluxing veins cause pain in the legs. It's very possible that you have refluxing veins that are feeding those spider veins. An ultrasound would determine if some of your bigger veins in your legs are refluxing and would need treatment.


2 years ago by Vein Specialties of St. Louis

Normally, spider veins will only cause localized discomfort (some burning, aching). If you are experiencing more extensive symptoms, then you should have a thorough evaluation, including an ultrasound examination, by an experienced board certified surgeon who specializes in venous issues. It may be possible that you have venous insufficiency. He/she will be able to direct you if this isn't the case. Compression hose may also help with your discomfort when standing and can be fitted when you are evaluated.

2 years ago by Vein Specialties of St. Louis (View Profile)

Normally, spider veins will only cause localized discomfort (some burning, aching). If you are experiencing more extensive symptoms, then you should have a thorough evaluation, including an ultrasound examination, by an experienced board certified surgeon who specializes in venous issues. It may be possible that you have venous insufficiency. He/she will be able to direct you if this isn't the case. Compression hose may also help with your discomfort when standing and can be fitted when you are evaluated.


2 years ago by The Sheen Vein Institute

Spider veins and reticular veins, contrary to popular belief can cause pain and discomfort in those people suffering from them. Depending on how much you have and where, can greatly effect what type of discomfort you may notice. Symptoms can range from aching, itching, heaviness, numbness, night cramping, and restless legs to name a few. The more vein disease a person has, the greater the venous circulatory deficiency that comes along with it. The result is a heavier, more tired leg that just happens to look bad too.

2 years ago by The Sheen Vein Institute (View Profile)

Spider veins and reticular veins, contrary to popular belief can cause pain and discomfort in those people suffering from them. Depending on how much you have and where, can greatly effect what type of discomfort you may notice. Symptoms can range from aching, itching, heaviness, numbness, night cramping, and restless legs to name a few. The more vein disease a person has, the greater the venous circulatory deficiency that comes along with it. The result is a heavier, more tired leg that just happens to look bad too.


2 years ago by Angelo N. Makris MD

You may have underlying venous insufficiency that is more likely the cause of your pain and also causing the spider veins. See a vein specialist.

2 years ago by Angelo N. Makris MD (View Profile)

You may have underlying venous insufficiency that is more likely the cause of your pain and also causing the spider veins. See a vein specialist.


2 years ago by Vein Center at University Medicine and Cardiology

It certainly may be. You should be evaluated by a vein specialist who can evaluate and treat you, based on the findings. Something as straight forward as compression stockings may provide you with relief of pain.

2 years ago by Vein Center at University Medicine and Cardiology (View Profile)

It certainly may be. You should be evaluated by a vein specialist who can evaluate and treat you, based on the findings. Something as straight forward as compression stockings may provide you with relief of pain.


2 years ago by VeinCare Centers of Tennessee

Spider veins, veins less than 1 mm in diameter, rarely cause pain. However, failure of valves in veins under the skin resulting in venous insufficiency and high pressure in the veins with standing or sitting may cause pain. It is not uncommon for these failing veins to be located deep. You should see a vein specialist.

2 years ago by VeinCare Centers of Tennessee (View Profile)

Spider veins, veins less than 1 mm in diameter, rarely cause pain. However, failure of valves in veins under the skin resulting in venous insufficiency and high pressure in the veins with standing or sitting may cause pain. It is not uncommon for these failing veins to be located deep. You should see a vein specialist.


2 years ago by Heart and Vein Center

Traditionally there is the concept that spider veins do not cause pain. Interestingly enough, many patients feel their legs less tired and "achy" after they have their spider veins treated. On the other hand, spider veins might just represent a tip of an iceberg of having venous insufficiency that clearly gives leg pains and discomfort. You need an evaluation done by a Board Certified Phlebologist (vein specialist).

2 years ago by Heart and Vein Center (View Profile)

Traditionally there is the concept that spider veins do not cause pain. Interestingly enough, many patients feel their legs less tired and "achy" after they have their spider veins treated. On the other hand, spider veins might just represent a tip of an iceberg of having venous insufficiency that clearly gives leg pains and discomfort. You need an evaluation done by a Board Certified Phlebologist (vein specialist).


2 years ago by Vanish Vein and Laser Center

Spider Veins do not cause leg pain. You may however, have underlying venous reflux which could be contributing to your symptoms. I would recommend obtaining a venous reflux exam and evaluation by a vein specialist.

2 years ago by Vanish Vein and Laser Center (View Profile)

Spider Veins do not cause leg pain. You may however, have underlying venous reflux which could be contributing to your symptoms. I would recommend obtaining a venous reflux exam and evaluation by a vein specialist.


2 years ago by The Vein Treatment Center

Very rarely will spider veins cause pain, though your spider veins should be treated regardless. Visit a local dermatologist, or doctor that specializes in the treatment of venous disorders (treatment of varicose and spider veins), to get tested for an arterial disease.

2 years ago by The Vein Treatment Center (View Profile)

Very rarely will spider veins cause pain, though your spider veins should be treated regardless. Visit a local dermatologist, or doctor that specializes in the treatment of venous disorders (treatment of varicose and spider veins), to get tested for an arterial disease.


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