What should I ask my doctor about varicose veins?
You can ask your primary physician to send you for an evaluations for varicose veins if you have symptoms of aching, pain, heaviness, tiredness, fatigue, itching, burning, cramping, throbbing, restless legs or swelling in the legs.
As well, if there is inflammation, redness or pain along cords that one can feel (or palpate) on examination, then this condition is called phlebitis (phleb=veins; itis=inflammation). This requires treatment with antiinflammatory medications such as ibuprofen and motrin, warm compresses and leg elevation.
If you have a vein problem or think that you may have a vein problem you should see a vein specialist. Common varicose veins symptoms are leg aching, heaviness, cramping, itching, restless legs or tired legs. Common varicose vein signs are tender veins, swelling and inflammation. For the best vein evaluation a venous ultrasound would be helpful.
If you have pain, throbbing, aching, swelling you should see a physician for an evaluation. Your treatment options can be explained to you once you are seen.