Published in the Lynn Haven Ledger, September 2010
Varicose Veins....When Should I Worry? Article by: Clark Stream, PA-C
t is estimated that there are more than 80 million Americans who suffer from some form of venous disorder, making this a common problem. The following questionnaire will help you determine when to seek an evaluation to help avoid the longterm problems associated with untreated varicose veins.
• Have you or anyone in your family been diagnosed with varicose veins or venous reflux disease?
• Do you have varicose veins which exhibit any of the following characteristics? 1. Large, bulging veins on your legs 2. Swollen, red or warm to the touch 3. Skin discoloration or texture changes • Are you experiencing any of the following symptoms in your legs, ankles or feet? 1. Pain (aching, cramping feeling) 2. Heaviness/Tiredness 3. Burning or tingling sensations 4. Swelling 5. Tender areas around the veins 6. Restless legs • Have you previously had skin ulcers or wounds on the leg that were slow to heal? • Have you previously attempted conservative treatments without success (e.g. exercise, weight loss, elevating legs, avoiding long periods of standing/sitting, compression stockings)?
Each YES answer increases your risk. Listen to your legs…they are telling you something…It’s time to seek an evaluation and treatment with the Artery and Vein Experts at Vascular Associates. This step is easy because no referral is necessary; just call 872-8510 to set up an appointment.
• Do you have varicose veins which exhibit any of the following characteristics? 1. Large, bulging veins on your legs 2. Swollen, red or war...