Leg fatigue can be normal, especially if you’re very active. However, if you find that your legs feel tired more often or more quickly than usual, it could be a sign of underlying venous disease, even if you cannot see visible varicose veins, spider veins, or leg swelling (lymphedema). For Rachel, she also had visible veins before coming to Vein Specialists of the South for help.
In my mid-20s, my veins became more visible. My legs would tire quickly, and I became embarrassed to wear shorts or skirts. After my treatment, the results were awesome! My legs look great…my endurance returned, my legs have energy, and I don’t have to hide them anymore.
Rachel Shares Her Journey Toward Better Veins for Life®
If Your Legs Feel Tired, It Could Be Venous Disease
If it’s leg day at the gym and your legs feel tired afterward, that’s completely normal. However, if you’re active and notice your legs feel tired, achy, or heavy after very little exertion, you may want to visit with a vein specialist for an evaluation. If you have visible veins like Rachel did, you definitely want to schedule an appointment at Vein Specialists of the South in Downtown Macon or Warner Robins, GA.
Why Your Legs Feel Tired With Venous Disease
Leg fatigue, pain, and heaviness are common with venous disease such as varicose veins. With varicose veins, the veins and valves within them are weakened. This creates difficulties with blood circulation back up to the heart. As the veins struggle, blood pools in the affected vein. This causes bulging, heaviness, and soreness. Varicose veins are sometimes visible but not always, as the deep vein may be affected. Invisible symptoms such as leg fatigue may be present, but visible symptoms like spider veins can also give clues about underlying varicose veins.
How Varicose Veins Affect Overall Health
Varicose veins are more than bulging veins that make your legs feel tired, and Rachel’s story shows how it can affect other aspects of your life. Rachel has played sports her entire life, but varicose veins and the discomfort that came with them negatively affected her endurance. This is very common among our active patients. Varicose veins can get in the way of your game, keeping you from the activities you enjoy the most.
Visible veins also have an impact on confidence. Rachel was embarrassed to wear shorts and skirts. Many patients who come see us tell us, “I just want to be able to wear shorts again.” Confidence to show off your legs while also feeling comfortable during the summer months are both very important for your well-being.
Varicose veins are also linked to Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT), as shown in a study published in JAMA. We recently published another blog article chronicling Tony’s experience with varicose veins and DVT.