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Signs and Symptoms of Vein Disease

Estimates suggest that roughly 40 percent of people in the U.S. suffer from some form of venous problem. However, the number of actual reported cases is significantly lower. Experts believe that people do not grasp that they are suffering from the problem because the symptoms are negligible or do not become detectable at an early stage.
Venous insufficiency disease can cause a variety of symptoms that may be difficult to detect for patients. Many of the symptoms can also be mistaken for other problems. Treatment may cause the symptom to go away without remedying the underlying venous disease.

Common Symptoms of Venous Insufficiency

If you experience any of the following signs or symptoms, chances are that you could be suffering from vein disease.




Risk Factors for Venous Insufficiency

Researchers do not know what exactly causes venous insufficiency to develop in patients. There are cases where people with a perfect health record develop the problem for no reason. There are also instances where people who seem susceptible to the disease never develop the issue.

Nonetheless, research on the disease has shown that there are certain risk factors that increase the likelihood of developing venous insufficiency.

These include;

Age: Older people, particularly those between the ages of 45 – 65 are more likely to develop vein disease

Weight: Obesity seems to contribute to the problem. People with a higher weight are more likely to experience the problem.

Heredity: A person with a parent who had a similar problem is at a higher risk to develop vein disease as well.

Pregnancy: The disease has a higher chance of affecting women during pregnancy.

Medical History: Patients with a blood circulation problem such as diabetes or high blood pressure or those who have experience deep vein thrombosis (blood clots) are more likely to be affected by venous insufficiency.

Inactivity: When we walk or move our legs, the muscles squeeze and contract against the veins in the legs and help the blood flow up more easily. Long periods of inactivity can contribute to developing the problem.

Occupation: People who are in occupations that require them to stand for long periods of time have also been observed to be affected more commonly.

Gender: The disease appears to affect both men and women almost equally. The number of women who have reported to suffer from venous insufficiency is slightly higher than men.

Signs to Look Out For

Vein disease can cause a lot of discomfort and become more difficult to treat if preventive action is not taken quickly.  If you or someone you know experiences any of the following signs, you should immediately see a doctor and get a medical checkup.

Do your legs feel tired or numb during the day?

Appearance of redness or sores on legs and ankles

Thickening and hardening of the skin on the legs and ankles

Minor or shooting pain that gets worse when standing

If pain is relieved when legs are raised it can be a sign of vein disease

Vein disease can make you feel better when walking compared to standing

Do you have sores or ulcers on your legs especially near your ankles?

Does the area around your veins become tender?

Dry scaly skin of the legs can also be a sign of venous problem.

Skin discoloration (brown and blue)

More than 80 million Americans are affected by vein problems. The disease can lead to spider veins, varicose veins, leg ulcers and venous insufficiency. Estimates show that women are affected more commonly with a ratio of 54% women and 46% men who reported vein problems.

Symptoms can come and go periodically. However, the vein disease does not fade away on its own once it has developed. Instead, the disease usually gets worse over time.

We should note that what an affected person sees on the surface of their leg does not always show a true picture of what is actually occurring underneath. For instance, spider veins that appear at the bottom of your leg could be caused by problems in the veins at the top of your leg or deep veins that are hidden from view. Physicians generally rely on ultrasound and other scanning technology to ensure that their vein diagnosis is accurate.