Symptoms of vein disease can have a wide range of severity depending on the extent of disease. The earliest sign may be an isolated spider vein or a blue bubble-like protrusion on the extremity, most often in the lower thigh or upper calf. These are usually ignored but later they may cause mild discomfort or become large and unsightly. The important fact is that varicose veins very often become a progressive problem in middle age or later in life.
If you are experiencing some of the following listed symptoms, you may be developing a chronic venous disease that can progress to venous insufficiency with symptoms that affect the quality of your daily life.
We recommend that you discuss these symptoms with your primary care physician who will be able to advise whether you would benefit from a formal consultation with a vascular surgeon. If left untreated, varicose veins can lead to more serious concerns over time due to the progressive nature of the disease.
If you or your physician wish you to be seen at Kistner Vein Clinic please call to schedule an appointment at (808) 532-8346.
For the person who has varicose veins in one or both legs:
- Heaviness, aching in the legs later in the day is the most frequent symptom of varicose veins Itching/ Tingling/ Burning in legs are typical symptoms
- Night cramps in the legs that disturb sleep are often a symptom of the venous disease
- Swelling of the lower leg or ankle later in the day can indicate progression of venous disease
- Brownish discoloration of the skin in the lower leg can be a sign of venous disease progression
- Episodes of eczema or blistering with swelling may be an important sign of venous disease progression
- Thickening of the skin in the lower leg and ankle and stiffness of the leg tissues are signs of advanced venous disease
- Non-healing sores in the legs and ankles (venous ulcers) are often due to advanced varicose vein disease