Should I treat my Varicose Veins?

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Should I treat my Varicose Veins? Sharing today all about one of my biggest physical flaws, and curious to know if others have had their veins treated, what the recovery is like, and if it’s worth the elective procedure.

Should I treat my Varicose Veins?Should I treat my Varicose Veins? I’ve asked myself this for years. It’s a special genetic gift that manifested itself way back when I was younger. I remember when I was in middle school, I had the spider veins on the back of my leg behind my knee cap. I noticed that other girls did not have that purple vein, and I tried to cover it up with make up. Yep, liquid foundation on my leg. I was self conscious about it then, but seemed to get over it in high school. I always knew it was there, but I don’t remember it bothering me, nor did I cover it up. Little did I know that after having babies it would be much, much worse.

When I was pregnant with my first child, I had some morning sickness in the beginning, but by the time my 2nd trimester started and that was over, I felt pretty good. My biggest complaint was that my legs hurt. I thought that was a normal thing in pregnancy, but in talking to other moms, realized that was not the case for them. When I finally spoke to my doctor about it by the end of my pregnancy, it was apparent I needed some relief, and they suggested support stockings. When I purchased the $50 pair of panty hose, I was SO annoyed. They were super thick, hard to get on (especially in my pregnant state), itchy, and restrictive, but they DID offer me relief from the throbbing of my legs. I wore them the last month of that first pregnancy.

I don’t remembering noticing a huge different in the visible state of my veins after my 1st child, but it got worse with each child. I tried the thigh high hose, thinking it would be better to not go over my big stomach, but the restriction cut off and the blood pooled on my thighs. I’d go days without wearing them, but I’d suffer. I remember for my 4th pregnancy, my right leg was the worse, and I hated those hose so much, I asked my husband to tightly wrap my right foot for relief. It helped, but I think it made the blood pool funny on my right foot.

So NOW, after 4 babies, my veiny legs are a hot mess. The worst being my right leg. I’d always seen it on my mom and grandma, just didn’t put it all together that that was my fate as well.  I assumed that was an “old person” thing, and that it happened to everyone with pregnancy, but NOPE! I have lots of friends my age with gorgeous vein-free legs!


Should I treat my Varicose Veins

It’s definitely one of those things over the years that I’m very aware of, but I don’t let it affect me too much. The worse part of it is on my upper thigh, which really only shows itself when I’m in my swimsuit. I’m self conscious about it, but I don’t let it keep me from swimming. I have always had a skirt or shorter swim shorts, but that’s mostly because my upper legs aren’t as tone as I’d like them to be. Funny enough, I don’t let the purple bumpy veins rule my life.

I’m grateful that I haven’t been too insecure about it. I’m aware of it, but I don’t let it affect how I dress. I keep my dresses and shorts to my knees for modesty purposes anyway, so that’s a non-issue. So it mostly just shows in my feet in day-to-day life. In fact, when I look down at my legs from my angle, this is what I see…not bad!

Should I treat my Varicose Veins

But really, my right ankle is kinda the worst. It actually looks DIRTY. Even after I took this picture, I scrubbed over it with a white baby wipe thinking…maybe it IS dirty, but NOPE, no dirt came off! I’ve even had people stop me and say, “Oh my goodness, what happened to your ankle???” Thinking I rolled it or broke it or something. Nope, that’s just how it always looks:  Purple and bruised.Should I treat my Varicose Veins

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Should I treat my Varicose Veins?  THIS is something I don’t love about my physical appearance, but I’m not sure I want to do anything “elective” to treat it. First, I feel like it’s mostly for vanity reasons (Vain, not Vein…haha!) that I don’t feel the need to. My mom and grandma didn’t, just because I CAN nowadays doesn’t mean I NEED to.

  • What will it cost? I actually have no idea, and our insurance coverage isn’t the greatest.
  • How much will it hurt? SCARED of the pain!
  • What risks are involved? It’s not worth it to me to risk for this.
  • Is it long term? Will I need to treat them again in 10 years?

These are the questions I ask, and have asked my primary Doctor, but have never taken the chance for a consultation with a specialist. I think I’ve avoided that because I know that the moment I do that, they will find a way to convince me to do it, and I want to decide before I go.

I’ve never been one to wrap my brain around any type of elective surgery. Lots of people are going for the nips, tucks, etc. but I’m happy enough to grow old gracefully and take all the stuff that comes with it.

As far as pain goes….once a month when I have my period, that’s when it physically hurts. My legs throb all day, and I can WALK ok, but if I STAND (in a line at the store, making dinner, etc.) it’s pretty excruciating. Even when I’m not on my period, standing still for too long is uncomfortable and I’ll either sway or dance slowly side to side, so as not to suffer the throbbing.

So I’d LOVE to hear….Should I treat my Varicose Veins?  Do you have any answers for me? Do you suffer from the same fate as I?

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  1. Ines says:

    Hi Kristen, I think you should definitely see a specialist as you are suffering and in pain at times so it really won’t be just for vanity 🙂 I have friends who have had treatment but which is not permanent so every few years they go back and treat any veins that have become worse. I hope it all works out for you. I would say treat it now as some things just get worse the older you get!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Thank you for weighing in! My husband agrees that it will likely get worse as I get older, so I’m going to have a consulatation.

  2. Liz H says:

    oh girl! if you are in pain, you totally need to treat it! that is not vanity! totally go in for a consult at one of those vein centers that advertises all the time (at least they advertise all the time here in chicago!)

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    • Kristen Duke says:

      haha! thanks for the link!

  4. Viktor says:

    I don’t know the answer, but I do know that you are very strong to sharing you concerns!

  5. Hi! Do it! 🙂

    I have tiny spider veins that I have burned in a docs office 3 times in my life, not horrible pain. I have talked about surgery but never went through because I don’t really have to (nowhere near how yours look or your pain).

    I know a few people who have done the surgery, and with proper after surgery care it’s a smooth recovery, but you have to be ridiculously good at the post op because it’s nothing to play with. I’ve heard you feel like you can do more then you’re actually allowed to.

    I would also say that the doctor you choose is really important. In Brazil many, many, people do this so there are many doctors that do this routinely and are very good, and having done the smaller procedure a few times, and knowing a surgeon personally, the consensus is that you should find a really good doc to do it.

    After all the rambling, my vote is: do it. 🙂 You have an amazing team to help you with post op.

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Thanks for weighing in!!! I’m really just SCARED! I do have a good friend that highly recommends her doctor, so I got the number and am going to try for a consultation.

  6. Melissa says:

    My cousin has had this done. She has to have it done repeatedly because the blodd picks a new path and a new vein pops up. If it doesn’t hurt or isn’t a health problem Then I would skip it. I have chosen to skip it. Self tanning cream or tights for me!

    • Kristen Duke says:

      Interesting…thanks for sharing! I’ve heard there are several different ways to treat them, do you know what she’s done? (Lazer/needles, etc.) AND what self tanning cream do you use? I tried that in Feb. and it didn’t go so well!

  7. Hi Kristen! My wife started developing varicose and spider veins when she got pregnant with her first child. They didn’t go away after the birth of her child, but it didn’t get worse either. For her next pregnancy I will tell her to wear pregnancy compression leggings. I hear they are excellent at preventing varicose veins, that way they are not there after the pregnancy either.

  8. Yeah, of course, varicose veins should be treated at right time. Because in starting they can be treated by natural and home remedies too. But if we don’t take care of them at early, they can be a serious medical issue.

  9. Eva Johnson says:

    Hello! Since I gave birth to my second child some varicose veins and spider veins started to appear! I got really worried so I went to the doctor and he recommended me venorid treatment. The results are amazing! Besides that, I’m also exercising at least three days a week.