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Okay, so about a month or two ago, I started feeling this weird tingly/itchy feeling in my lower leg, front of the calf near my shin, whenever I shaved. It was the pressure of the razor. Just touching it with my hand didn't do too much, but I suppose the razor was just hard/soft and concentrated enough. I told dh how funny it was and we talked about how it's interesting how many weird aches and pains and just odd things happen to your body as you age. I wasn't really worried about it, wasn't too uncomfortable or anything, and, frankly, I've got bigger fish to fry.<br><br>
Fast forward. I noticed these really strange little bruises that were in the same spots where I'd had the tingling, and the tingling was still there. Still not exactly painful, just a bit icky (something about the visual made it stranger). DH and I decided that, maybe, these were varicose veins in a sort of infancy. Okay, whatever. Not thrilled, but c'est la vie, right?<br><br>
It took a couple of weeks and then the bruises dissipated. At first there was nothing, and now there are visible veins, not exactly in the same spot, but close. They're under the skin and not doing that roping thing like what I've seen when looking up varicose veins. My legs do ache a bit.<br><br>
Thing is, I've always had weird leg cramps and aches (sometimes so bad I can't walk). No one has ever been able to figure them out, though a GI recently suggested that they might be related to my Crohns.<br><br>
I guess my question is whether or not this pattern sounds familiar, whether I should be worried/have someone look at them.<br><br>
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Sounds exactly like varicose veins...especially the aching and cramping. And the spontaneous bruising sounds very similar to what has happened to me.<br><br>
Mine started out in my lower leg. Now the upper leg is getting them...not overly visible, but they are under the skin. Do you have spider veins? - if so, then you can be pretty confident you have varicose veins.<br><br>
I can't stress enough the importance of avoiding crossing your legs, sitting or standing for too long (especially if knees bent sitting)...<b>and most importantly - wearing support hose with at least 20-30 mm Hg of compression!!!!</b> This will help prevent more from occurring, as well as reduce the cramping and aching. I can stress this enough. Veins have one way valves...and when the vein is defective and bulging, the valves don't close properly, causing backflow of blood, making the vein bulge even more...and sometimes actually burst (which causes the bruising and pain). By adding compression (via stockings) then the pressure on the veins makes the valves work more effectively, resulting in waste products in your legs actually making it back to your heart. Otherwise, they stick around and cause cramping, poor wound healing, restless legs, etc.<br><br>
I'd get them looked at and get a prescription for pressure stockings (support hose). The longer they go untreated (without compression hose), the worse they will get. If they don't help, then there is a treatment (often covered by medical plans) called sclerotherapy - where they inject the diseased vein with a medication which basically caused the vein to shrivel/die. New veins grow around it. I'm actually looking into getting this done...it really sucks to not enjoy the beach or summertime when my legs ache so bad (and it's too hot to wear the support hose).<br><br>
Anyone out there had sclerotherapy treatment for varicose veins?
 
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