In addition to being unsightly and even embarrassing, varicose veins and spider veins can cause varying degrees of discomfort with symptoms that include:
- Leg Cramps
Varicose veins are a progressive disease that can eventually lead to complications such as ankle swelling, pigmentation, ulceration, bleeding, and advanced Chronic Venous Insufficiency (CVI). It is important to seek medical treatment early in order to stop the natural progression of this disease, reduce symptoms and to achieve the best possible cosmetic results.
In women, varicose veins can manifest itself in the genital area, together with pelvic congestion syndrome symptoms. Pelvic congestion syndrome is caused by poorly functioning veins in the ovaries and pelvic region, which can result in varicosities in the abdomen, buttocks, vulva, and legs. Women that suffer from a generalized achiness in their pelvic area, especially when standing, lifting, or after sexual intercourse, may suffer from this condition. With today’s advanced diagnostic tools, doctors can now easily identify pelvic congestion syndrome in women.
Spider veins are usually symptom free, although some patients complain of local discomfort and itching.