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Symptoms of Vein Problems

Symptoms are the body’s way of telling our brains that something is wrong. It’s feedback telling us to either be aware of something or it could be telling us that we need to make a change. When this happens, ask yourself “what is this symptom telling me?” We need to listen to what our minds and our bodies are telling us. These symptoms are telling us that we need to pay attention to what is going on and to change something. A lot of people think of varicose veins when they think of vein problems, however, varicose veins are only one of many symptoms. All of the symptoms below are associated with vein problems in the legs. Even if you suffer from one symptom or many symptoms, you could be suffering with a very common and treatable medical condition. You do not have to suffer from vein problems. We encourage people to seek treatment at the first signs of problems. Vein problems are progressive, so if the underlying vein problem is not treated properly by a doctor certified in vein care, symptoms will get worse. What do I mean by this?

These symptoms have a progression to them. At first you could be experiencing leg pain or leg swelling, perhaps even restless legs or cramps in your legs at night. These are the first signs of vein problems. Then you might start to notice that your leg, particularly around your ankles, are starting to change colors (brown or red/pink). This is called skin discoloration or skin darkening of the leg. Skin darkening/discoloration can, over a period of time, turn into an open would on the leg. These wounds/sores are called Venous Ulcers. Once the legs form these Venous Ulcers, they will not heal with wound care alone. The vein issue needs to be treated or your wound will simply come back.

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Vein Problems are More Than Varicose Veins

When people think of vein problems, they tend to only think of varicose veins and that vein problems are purely cosmetic. We are here to inform you that vein problems is actually much more than varicose veins. Vein disease, or venous reflux, can cause a broad range of symptoms and varicose veins are just one of many. While most people, including doctors, think vein problems are purely cosmetic, the vast majority of people suffering from vein disease have medically significant symptoms and simply do not know that venous reflux could be the root cause of their grief. With the exception of spider veins and varicose veins that cause no other problems, every symptom listed below is medically significant and can absolutely be caused by venous reflux. Even if you only have one of the symptoms listed below you may have venous reflux disease. A simple, painless ultrasound is all it takes to see if you have this treatable vein disease. This is a medical condition and treatments are covered by most insurance, including Medicare and Tricare.

Vein Problems Explained!

Vein problems are very common and have a wide range of symptoms. Symptoms can range from leg pain or leg swelling to the skin starting to darken and form a wound on your leg. Each symptom comes with it’s own set of problems and are all caused by the same medical condition. The reason you have these symptoms is because of Venous Reflux (Venous Insufficiency). Venous reflux is a medical condition where blood within the veins no longer flows in one direction, against gravity, towards the heart. Venous reflux occurs when the one-way valves and vein walls become damaged or weakened allowing blood to flow the reverse direction back towards the ankle and feet. Over time this causes pressure to build within the veins causing symptoms such as: varicose veins, leg and ankle swelling, leg pain, night cramps, restless legs, and many other symptoms that can ultimately lead to skin breakdown, skin darkening or ulcers/wounds on the legs. Venous reflux is a progressive disease that gets worse over time if left untreated.

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Venous reflux accompanied by physical symptoms such as leg pain or swelling is a common medical condition. In fact, vein disease is 2 times more common than heart disease and 5 times more common than arterial disease. There are an estimated 50+ million Americans who suffer from venous reflux. An estimated 40% of women and 20% of men will experience the symptoms of venous reflux if left untreated. Of these, 20-25% of women and 10-15% of men will have visible veins including skin darkening, open leg wounds, spider veins and varicose veins. Not only are vein disorders often under-diagnosed or misdiagnosed, but many patients suffering from venous reflux are often told there is nothing that can be done other than wearing compression stockings or worse, vein stripping. Today, you no longer need to suffer from vein related issues. The good new is that, although this condition is very common, it’s also very treatable. Today’s treatments are much more elegant and can help aid in relief of your vein related suffering typically with little to no pain or downtime.

 


Leg/Ankle Swelling

One of the most common causes of leg and ankle swelling is venous reflux. Why is this? The human body, including our blood, is about 60-65% water. If the valves in our veins get weak blood begins to collect and pool in our lower legs, pressure builds, and water that normally would be absorbed remains in our legs. This pressure also causes water to be pushed out of our vessels into the legs increasing swelling. In general, when you elevate your legs or when you sleep the swelling improves and the legs may look more normal in the morning, but once you get up and either drive or stand or sit for a while does the swelling return? If you press on your lower leg or ankle for a few seconds do you leave an indention where your finger or thumb once was? These are very good indications that you may be suffering from vein reflux, a treatable vein problem.

You have questions? We have answers! A simple, painless ultrasound is all it takes to see if you have vein problems. This is a very common medical condition that is easily treatable and is covered by most insurance companies, including Medicare and TriCare. Ask us how by calling 817-795-VEIN (8346) and schedule a consult with Dr. Eidson, a Certified Vein Specialist.

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Leg Pain and Cramping

Venous reflux is a common cause of leg pain and cramping. When the valves in the veins get weak or damaged, blood begins to pool in the legs causing increased pressure. Not only can this pressure by itself cause pain, but this also can limit the delivery of oxygen and nutrition to our muscles. This restricted supply of oxygen and nutrition can lead to pain, aching, and “Charlie horses” in the legs, especially when you try to relax or go to sleep. These patient’s legs appear to be normal on the outside. They do not have any visible signs that there could be a problem. All of these patients suffered from leg pain and leg cramping. Some suffered from cramping at night and restless legs. If leg pain is your main symptom, we may be able to help. You do not have to have visible signs on the skins surface for their to be a vein problem. Pain, aching, and cramping can be early signs that something is wrong.

You have questions? We have answers! A simple, painless ultrasound is all it takes to see if you have vein problems. This is a very common medical condition that is easily treatable and is covered by most insurance companies, including Medicare and TriCare. Ask us how by calling 817-795-VEIN (8346) and schedule a consult with Dr. Eidson, a Certified Vein Specialist.

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Skin Darkening and Discoloration

Venous reflux can cause the skin of the foot, ankle, and leg to start to darken and turn red/pink, brown or rust colored. In advanced cases the skin can even begin to look very dark brown or black. This staining of the skin occurs when the valves in the veins become weak, blood pools in the veins and pressure increases (Venous Reflux). Red blood cells get pushed out of the veins into the skin where the body chews them up and releases a product called hemosiderin that basically stains the skin from the inside out. If venous reflux is left untreated the darkening spreads and gets worse and can lead to serious medical issues, like skin breaking down and open skin wounds.

You have questions? We have answers! A simple, painless ultrasound is all it takes to see if you have vein problems. This is a very common medical condition that is easily treatable and is covered by most insurance companies, including Medicare and TriCare. Ask us how by calling 817-795-VEIN (8346) and schedule a consult with Dr. Eidson, a Certified Vein Specialist.

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Varicose Veins


If the valves in veins become weakened or damaged, blood pools inside the vein and pressure increases. This increased pressure causes the veins to enlarge and makes them more noticeable on the skin surface. Large, bulging, twisting veins are commonly called varicose veins. These visible veins can be a sign of vein disease below the skin.

You have questions? We have answers! A simple, painless ultrasound is all it takes to see if you have vein problems. This is a very common medical condition that is easily treatable and is covered by most insurance companies, including Medicare and TriCare. Ask us how by calling 817-795-VEIN (8346) and schedule a consult with Dr. Eidson, a Certified Vein Specialist.

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Open Skin Ulcers Or Wounds that Won’t Heal


If left untreated, venous reflux can become chronic venous insufficiency (CVI) and lead to horrible skin issues on the legs such as open sores and ulcers, or wounds that won’t heal. This typically happens on the calf, ankle or foot and is a serious medical problem. Why does this happen? Damaged veins in the legs allow blood to pool in the calf, ankle and foot instead of flowing back to heart nice and efficiently. This causes pressure to build in the vessels and tissue of the leg preventing the flow of good oxygen and nutrition into the tissues of the leg. This process over time basically starves and suffocates the skin and underlying tissue causing it to start to die. Not only can this lead to an open skin ulcer, but can also prevent even simple injuries to the leg from healing normally. If the underlying cause, venous reflux, is not addressed this chronic, progressive disease process can greatly impact your quality of life.

Did you know that 70-90% of all leg ulcers are venous ulcers? Also, more than half of venous ulcers treated by wound care professionals are actually a recurrence of previously treated leg ulcers. Why did these problems come back? Because the underlying cause of the problem (Venous Reflux) was not addressed. Sometimes these wounds can heal over extended periods of time, or with the help of wound care professionals, only to come back within a couple weeks to months. You have to treat the venous reflux cause in order for ulcers like this to heal and stay healed.

A simple, painless ultrasound is all it takes to see if you have vein problems. This is a very common medical condition that is easily treatable and is covered by most insurance companies, including Medicare and TriCare. Ask us how! Call 817-795-VEIN (8346) and ask for a consultation with Dr. Eidson a Certified Vein Specialist.
 
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Restless Legs

Venous reflux can cause feelings of throbbing, pulling, creeping, or other unpleasant sensations in the legs and an uncontrollable, and sometimes overwhelming, urge to move them. This is commonly referred to as “Restless Legs” or “Restless Leg Syndrome.” Symptoms occur primarily at night when a person is relaxing or at rest and can get worse during the night even waking a person from sleep. Moving the legs relieves the discomfort, but only temporarily. If venous reflux is an underlying cause of the restlessness, treating the vein disease can reduce and even sometimes completely eliminate the restless leg symptoms.

You have questions? We have answers! A simple, painless ultrasound is all it takes to see if you have vein problems. This is a very common medical condition that is easily treatable and is covered by most insurance companies, including Medicare and TriCare.Ask us how by calling 817-795-VEIN (8346) and schedule a consult with Dr. Eidson, a Certified Vein Specialist.

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Leg Throbbing/Aching

Regardless of age it is not normal for a person to have throbbing or aching in the legs that limits activity or simply is a regular thorn in a person’s quality of life. Venous reflux is a known cause of leg pain, aching and throbbing that gets worse over time and is easily diagnosed and elegantly treatable. If you have regular leg pain for no apparent reason, or aching and throbbing that affects your quality of life, you may suffer from vein disease in the legs.

You have questions? We have answers! A simple, painless ultrasound is all it takes to see if you have vein problems. This is a very common medical condition that is easily treatable and is covered by most insurance companies, including Medicare and TriCare. Ask us how by calling 817-795-VEIN (8346) and schedule a consult with Dr. Eidson, a Certified Vein Specialist.

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Leg Fatigue and Heaviness

Do your legs get tired more quickly with normal activity or exercise? Do you feel like someone put ankle weights on you or your legs feel like you’re wearing concrete shoes and you have to just drag them around? If so you may be suffering from common symptoms related to venous reflux.

You have questions? We have answers! A simple, painless ultrasound is all it takes to see if you have vein problems. This is a very common medical condition that is easily treatable and is covered by most insurance companies, including Medicare and TriCare. Ask us how by calling 817-795-VEIN (8346) and schedule a consult with Dr. Eidson, a Certified Vein Specialist.

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Neuropathy

Neuropathy in the legs can have a wide range of symptoms. People suffering from neuropathy may describe sensations of burning, tingling, numbness, “pins and needles”, or feeling “like my leg is asleep”. Untreated venous reflux can contribute to these symptoms. The increased pressure that develops in the legs from venous reflux denies our nerves the oxygen and nutrition they need to function, damaging them and causing them to malfunction. Treatment of the underlying vein disease may allow the nerve to heal and help restore normal function, reducing symptoms.

You have questions? We have answers! A simple, painless ultrasound is all it takes to see if you have vein problems. This is a very common medical condition that is easily treatable and is covered by most insurance companies, including Medicare and TriCare. Ask us how by calling 817-795-VEIN (8346) and schedule a consult with Dr. Eidson, a Certified Vein Specialist.

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Skin Breaking Down and Texture Changes

Untreated venous reflux can lead to significant problems in the skin and tissue of the leg, especially around the foot, ankle and calf. For some the skin can start to get shiny, feel tight and be super sensitive to pressure or touch. For others the skin and tissue may get thicker and rough, like the skin of an alligator or elephant. Even others may notice the skin get flaky and cracked or have some combination of multiple types of skin changes or breakdown. Regardless of what changes happen, all are signs of something happening deeper in the leg and none of them are “normal aging”. If venous reflux is part of the problem and goes untreated the issues in the legs will get worse.

Why does the skin start to break down? Untreated vein disease causes pressure to build in the leg and blood to pool instead of returning back to the heart efficiently. This pressure and old blood prevents oxygen and nutrients from reaching the skin. When the skin no longer gets the nutrients it needs, the tissue begins to die. In short, your leg is slowly suffocating and dying. With the tissue deteriorating the likelihood of developing an open skin wound is high. Your quality of life will be compromised if this medical condition is not addressed.

You have questions? We have answers! A simple, painless ultrasound is all it takes to see if you have vein problems. This is a very common medical condition that is easily treatable and is covered by most insurance companies, including Medicare and TriCare. Ask us how by calling 817-795-VEIN (8346) and schedule a consult with Dr. Eidson, a Certified Vein Specialist.

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Itching and Burning

Feelings of itching or burning in the legs can sometimes be the first sign that something is not right in the veins of your legs. Even if you do not have visible vein issues, you can still suffer from Venous Reflux Disease. The pressure that builds in the vessels and tissues of the legs because of venous reflux can cause a whole spectrum symptoms including itching and burning in the legs.

You have questions? We have answers! A simple, painless ultrasound is all it takes to see if you have vein problems. This is a very common medical condition that is easily treatable and is covered by most insurance companies, including Medicare and TriCare. Ask us how by calling 817-795-VEIN (8346) and schedule a consult with Dr. Eidson, a Certified Vein Specialist.

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Night Cramps

Do you have cramps or “Charlie Horses” that prevent you from relaxing or getting to sleep at night? Do you ever get awakened from blissful sleep by pain and cramping in your legs that just jolts you awake or awakens your loved ones? If so you may be suffering from Venous Reflux Disease, a common cause of these exact problems in the legs. The great news is Venous Reflux is treatable with little to no pain or downtime.

You have questions? We have answers! A simple, painless ultrasound is all it takes to see if you have vein problems. This is a very common medical condition that is easily treatable and is covered by most insurance companies, including Medicare and TriCare. Ask us how by calling 817-795-VEIN (8346) and schedule a consult with Dr. Eidson, a Certified Vein Specialist.

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Spider Veins

The smaller “spider web” looking veins on the skin surface are appropriately called spider veins. Although not attractive, they typically do not cause significant medical problems. They can sometimes sting, itch or burn and will spread and darken if not treated.

You have questions? We have answers! Unfortunately, the treatment of spider veins is not covered by insurance. We have multiple cosmetic packages available. Please call to schedule your cosmetic consult and see which treatment package is best for you by calling 817-795-VEIN (8346).

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