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50 SHADES OF PAIN……..

Patients with varicose veins and venous insufficiency complain of many painful symptoms.  Symptoms associated with varicose veins are aching pain and heaviness in the legs with prolonged standing and walking.  Patients also complain of fatigue in the legs with increased activity.  Also, they complain of itching and burning symptoms around the varicose veins, which are symptoms of mild pain.  The pain can even be seen in the symptoms of restless legs.  Or, it can be seen as throbbing pain in the legs with increased activity.  Venous insufficiency can also cause swelling because of the increased venous pressure, which is painful.  So much pain!

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Unfortunately, there’s more pain as venous insufficiency progresses.  Prolonged swelling results in a painful condition called stasis dermatitis.   Plus, this condition can become a significant cosmetic problem if left untreated.  Stasis dermatitis initially causes patchy redness and itching of the skin along with swelling in the legs. It can advance into skin thickening and darkening of the skin with pigmentation from broken red blood cells.  We see these conditions result from chronic cases that have delayed diagnoses or treatment.

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We have also seen swelling related to venous insufficiency that exposes patients to an increase in skin sensitivity.  Patients’ skin will be sensitive to commonly used skin products.  Skin products containing lanolins, fragrances, neomycin and related antibiotics, rubber, and topical steroids have been identified as allergy-causing products in many patients with venous insufficiency.

Studies have now shown, and it has been our experience, that treating the venous insufficiency problem not only treats the pain-related symptoms of varicose veins, but it also eliminates the swelling and symptoms of stasis dermatitis.  Treating venous insufficiency even corrects the problem of skin allergic sensitivity to skin products.  Patients also see a correction of the chronic skin changes of thickening and darkening after the treatments.

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The pain as well as cosmetic issues associated with varicose veins and venous insufficiency  can be relieved.  Plus, treatment may avoid the development of stasis dermatitis, as well as correct damage already done by stasis dermatitis.

If you have any of these multiple symptoms of pain or the cosmetic symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact us so that we can treat this problem.   We can help you be happy with your legs.

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