We’re often asked, “How do I know when it’s time to do something about my veins?” Many patients we speak to tell us that they’ve postponed consulting a doctor about their vein problems, sometimes even for years, simply because they didn’t understand why it was so important to have the problem treated. Instead, they chose to live with their symptoms until they became too difficult to ignore. Oftentimes, that delay in consulting a doctor and seeking treatment causes the condition to become more complex and costlier to treat.
So, when is it time to consider vein treatment? It’s a great question. And one we are happy to be asked!
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If you think there’s a problem because of how your legs feel, or you are noticing new visible issues, then it’s time to consult a vein specialist right away.
Vein issues aren’t always obvious. Often, even if you can’t see varicose veins or spider veins, when you’re suffering from aching leg pain, fatigue/heaviness of the legs, or swelling and pruritus (itchy legs), it could be due to vein health issues. Vein conditions are progressive and will change and intensify over time. The symptoms of unhealthy veins usually also get worse as the day progresses. Maybe you get some temporary relief when you elevate your legs, or maybe you’re noticing additional symptoms such as restless legs, night cramps, and skin color changes or even bleeding skin ulcers in more severe cases.
So, what next?
The best, most accurate way to diagnose a vein condition and any underlying issues that may be causing pain or discomfort is through a full medical examination by a vein specialist.
At Miller Vein, we offer a free initial vein evaluation that allows us to help you identify whether you have symptoms or risk factors that would necessitate further inspection. Depending on the outcome of your free initial evaluation, you would then complete a full medical examination which includes a detailed “vein mapping” of your legs via color duplex ultrasound. This would lead to an official diagnosis of your condition and inform a recommended treatment plan.
It's not necessary to suffer from the symptoms (physical or emotional) of unhealthy veins. If something doesn’t look or feel “quite right”, it’s best to be evaluated sooner rather than later due to the progressive nature of venous insufficiency and related vein conditions.