Should I be worried about the varicose veins in my left leg?

I have discovered very large bulging veins in my left leg from my groin to the back of my knee. The are very ugly in appearance and cause a lot of pain! They have ran a test at the hospital that they say detects blood clots and said it was negative but I am definitely terrified that I have one. At times I also suffer with sharp pains under my left breast and fear it is due to my leg. My primary care giver says that it's nothing to worry about and to wear compression socks. Should I be worried?

ANSWERS FROM DOCTORS (3)


2 months ago by NE Laser Vein Institute LLC

While compression socks are frequently the first step in the management of varicose veins, and they can alleviate some symptoms, they cannot treat the underlying cause. If the symptoms persist or worsen, it is a good idea to consult with your physician about your treatment options. Even with faithful use of compression stockings, the disease may progress to the point that more advanced treatment is necessary.

Insurers often require that patients undergo compression therapy prior to becoming eligible for reimbursement for further treatments, including laser treatment or sclerotherapy. However you can consult with your physician or vein specialist to see if you are covered for an initial screening or consultation, or for further treatment.

2 months ago by NE Laser Vein Institute LLC (View Profile)

While compression socks are frequently the first step in the management of varicose veins, and they can alleviate some symptoms, they cannot treat the underlying cause. If the symptoms persist or worsen, it is a good idea to consult with your physician about your treatment options. Even with faithful use of compression stockings, the disease may progress to the point that more advanced treatment is necessary.

Insurers often require that patients undergo compression therapy prior to becoming eligible for reimbursement for further treatments, including laser treatment or sclerotherapy. However you can consult with your physician or vein specialist to see if you are covered for an initial screening or consultation, or for further treatment.


2 months ago by Vanish Vein and Laser Center

You need to see a vein specialist for a full venous evaluation. The ultrasound that you had did not show blood clots but you appear to have venous valvular insufficiency and this will lead to the varicose veins. Varicose veins can be treated by a closure procedure done in the office under local anesthesia.

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

You need to see a vein specialist for a full venous evaluation. The ultrasound that you had did not show blood clots but you appear to have venous valvular insufficiency and this will lead to the varicose veins. Varicose veins can be treated by a closure procedure done in the office under local anesthesia.


2 months ago by Hratch Karamanoukian, MD, FACS, RVT, RPVI , RPhS

I recommend that in addition to getting a scan for you to seek consultation from a certified vein specialist where an examination is done. Symptomatic varicose veins should be treated in appropriate candidates if compression stockings do not relieve symptoms.


2 months ago by Hratch Karamanoukian, MD, FACS, RVT, RPVI , RPhS (View Profile)

I recommend that in addition to getting a scan for you to seek consultation from a certified vein specialist where an examination is done. Symptomatic varicose veins should be treated in appropriate candidates if compression stockings do not relieve symptoms.



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