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Often varicose veins don’t cause any pain. Instead they simply present with visible signs including:
Veins which are dark purple or blue
Swollen, twisted veins that look like ropy cords on your legs
Skin discoloration or thickening around a varicose vein
Varicose veins can cause discomfort, pain, or other symptoms, such as:
Burning, throbbing, and muscle cramping in your lower legs
Worsening pain after sitting or standing for a long time
An achy or heavy sensation in your legs
Swelling in your lower legs
Itching around your veins
Serious complications associated with varicose veins (which require immediate medical attention) include:
Painful ulcers may form on the skin near varicose veins, particularly near the ankles. A discolored spot on the skin usually appears before an ulcer forms. See your doctor immediately if you suspect you've developed an ulcer.
Occasionally, veins deep within the legs become enlarged. In such cases, the affected leg may become painful and swell. Any persistent leg pain or swelling warrants timely medical attention because it may indicate a blood clot — a condition known as thrombophlebitis.
Occasionally, veins very close to the skin may burst. This usually causes only minor bleeding. But any bleeding requires medical attention.
Lifestyle measures — such as exercise, elevating your legs or wearing compression stockings — can help you ease the pain of varicose veins and may prevent them from getting worse. But if you're concerned about how your veins look, and believe that lifestyle measures haven't stopped your condition from progressing, then schedule a Free Venous Disease Screening at Dr. Veins.Schedule A Free Screening