Are Varicose Veins Painful?


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In the majority of cases, varicose veins do not cause any pain. However, some people do experience pain, discomfort, and heaviness in the affected area.

Aching Varicose Veins

Due to the swelling and build up of blood, varicose veins can make the area ache. The aching can affect your sleep and keep you awake at night. This can often be relieved with compression socks, which put pressure on the veins to improve circulation and reduce swelling. Compression socks are normally worn in the day and removed before you go to bed, but your GP may recommend that you wear them overnight if your aching worsens. If your varicose veins are causing you, severe aching you should be able to get compression socks on the NHS. They can also be purchased from most pharmacies.

Heaviness Caused By Varicose Veins

Varicose veins can make your legs feel heavy and tired due to the poor circulation. This can sometimes be relieved by elevating your legs, which allows the blood to flow back to your heart with ease. Heaviness can also be tackled with compression socks, which put varying degrees of pressure on your legs easing the blood flow through your veins.

Heat Caused By Varicose Veins

Sometimes varicose veins and the surrounding area can emit heat. This warmth is often accompanied by pain and redness. Heat is a symptom of thrombophlebitis, which is a swelling of the veins caused by the formation of a blood clot within the varicose vein. If your varicose veins begin to feel, warm you should go to your doctor. Thrombophlebitis is not a serious condition but should be treated with compression stockings and if necessary painkillers.

Varicose Ulcers

If your varicose veins cause shallow craters in your legs, which expose the underlying tissue you will experience pain. These ulcers are extremely painful and should be treated to avoid infection, which can cause greater pain. Varicose ulcers begin when fluid from your vein collects under the skin causing swelling and thickening, if you notice this you should see your doctor as soon as possible so that they can treat the condition before it develops into a painful ulcer.

What to do if Your Varicose Veins are Causing You Pain

If your varicose veins are causing you any pain or discomfort, you should speak to your doctor about them. Painkillers can relieve your discomfort but do not treat the underlying cause of it. It is likely that you will be able to receive treatment on the NHS to alleviate your discomfort. Compression stockings are likely to relieve mild discomfort whereas removal of your varicose veins can be the only option if they are causing you severe pain. Removal of varicose veins can cause some discomfort but this is temporary and is easily managed with painkillers.


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