Many people that have superficial venous disease suffer from leg pain and achiness. Along with aches and pain, you may suffer from leg tiredness or heaviness. Heaviness and fatigue of the legs are perhaps the most frequent significant symptoms of venous reflux disease due to varicose veins. It tends to occur later in the day after prolonged standing or sitting and is typically improved by elevation of the legs above the heart level.
Night cramps refer to muscular contractions that usually occur in the legs in the middle of the night or early in the morning and awake the person. Many have to get out of bed to obtain relief. Sometimes the pain is severe. These pains originate in the muscles and not in the veins. Treatment of venous disease often is followed by relief of the cramps, but not always.
Itching can be a major problem or a recurring annoying problem caused by dilated varicose veins. Varicose veins are only one of many possible causes of itching but when it is the cause the best way to get over the problem is to have the varicose veins eliminated. Scratching of the legs is one of the more frequent causes of inflammation that leads to venous ulcers in advanced stages of venous disease.
Swelling of the legs around the ankles and lower calves is a significant development in venous disease because it can lead to poor nutirition of the skin and it seriously impairs the healing process if the leg is injured. This is often the first indication that long- standing varicose veins are developing into more advanced stages of the venous disease progression.
For those who experience these symptoms a discussion with your primary physician may be helpful in deciding if consultation with a venous specialist is indicated.