“My legs ache so badly I can hardly make it through the day.”
Aching, tired and fatigued legs make for a bad day at work or play. If your legs hurt when you are up on your feet and feel better when you take a break and prop them up you may have vein reflux.
Our patients tell us that their legs aching so badly by the time they get home from work they have to get off their feet and prop them up. Oral anti-inflammatory meds like Motrin, and wearing medical grade compression socks, also, help with treat and prevent this pain.
If you suffer with pain and have obvious varicose and spider veins your primary care MD may recommend conservative care and a consult with a phlebologist. However, you can have vein disease with no visible varicose or spider veins. In these situations the diagnosis and treatment opportunities may be missed by you and your physician.
Vein disease causes aching as venous blood refluxes and pools in the thigh and leg veins. This blood is low in oxygen and high in waste products affecting the nutrition of the skin and structures of the legs accounting in part for the symptoms.
If you have tired aching legs one of the first recommendations you should begin is a trial of conservative care including:
- Healthy weight management
- The use of compression socks when you are up on your feet
The symptoms that improve with conservative measures are most likely from your veins. Symptoms that do not improve are most likely from another source.
The American College of Phlebology and the American Venous Forum promote research in the diagnosis and treatment of vein disease. This research has led to advances in the field of phlebology.
Call your phlebologist for an appointment to determine if you have vein disease and what can be done to treat it.
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