Why Do My Veins Hurt?

shutterstock 1453222478 Experts estimate that approximately one in three Americans over 45 years of age have some degree of vein disease. Few of them seek treatment, but a large majority of them may experience symptoms. Vein pain is one of them. Here, we discuss this vein symptom and what you might do if you experience it. 

What Causes Vein Pain?

Pain may develop in a vein in which the pressure is increased. The origin is the same as varicose veins, faulty valves. The veins that hold the blood that is flowing back toward the heart contain valves that open when the heart pumps and close right away. This facilitates the upward motion of blood from the lower extremities and prevents blood from moving backwards. The valves can break down for a number of reasons. When they do, blood pools in certain parts of the vein. This results in swelling, inflammation, and pain.

Vein pain can present in a number of ways, including:

  • Enlarged veins
  • The sensation of heaviness in the lower extremities
  • Swelling, rashes, throbbing or cramping in the legs
  • Tissue hardening beneath the skin
  • Discolored skin or bruises

Pain in the area of an enlarged vein may vary in severity. Even minor pain warrants a visit with a vein specialist. A thorough examination can help determine the best way to move forward. Treatment may or may not involve medical intervention like sclerotherapy. 

Diagnosis and Treatment for Vein Pain

Pain and the other symptoms associated with chronic venous insufficiency can get worse over time. It is beneficial to seek medical advice so that proper vein management can begin sooner rather than later. There are three approaches that may be considered: lifestyle changes, home remedies, and professional vein treatment. 

Lifestyle changes may include:

  • Exercise at least four to five days a week. Walking is an excellent activity to promote vein health. 
  • If applicable, lose weight. This can reduce the strain on the veins in the lower extremities.
  • Avoid sitting for prolonged periods. Take breaks throughout the day to get up and walk for three to five minutes. 

Home remedies for vein health include:

  • Elevate the legs daily. This can easily be done by lying on the floor and resting the lower legs, knees bent on a chair or sofa. 
  • If legs are painful, apply a moist, warm compress for twenty minutes. 
  • Wear compression stockings when walking or standing for long periods. 

A doctor may recommend the following treatments for painful veins:

  • Anti-inflammatory medication or blood thinners taken as directed.
  • Sclerotherapy or other procedures to close the vein that is not functioning properly.

At Sun Vein & Vascular, patients can expect compassionate care and innovative treatment options. Contact our Dallas office at (214) 556-8880 to schedule your visit. 

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