Are there Different Types of Vein Pain?
Vein pain of any type and of any degree is not a pleasant experience. If you experience pain, typically in the legs and have noticed the development of small or large veins, you should see a doctor. Smaller veins, which are more of an annoyance, are called spider veins. Initially, these tiny veins are hardly noticeable but over time, they can multiply. At that time, they become more visible and can cause discomfort. However, larger veins, which are the varicose veins, are much larger and in some instances, they become incredibly thick, as well as purple, blue, or red in color.
The problem with varicose veins is that the vein pain can actually be quite intense. When this type of problem becomes severe, even walking can be difficult. The first thing to understand is how both spider and varicose veins develop. In truth, several factors play a role to include hereditary factors, certain job functions that require a person to stand or walk for long periods, being on birth control pills, being overweight or obese, changes in hormones due to pregnancy, puberty, or menopause, blood clot history, and more.
However, vein pain can also come from veins that develop from some type of skin injury or trauma, as well as being exposed to UV rays and having gone through surgery in the past for the removal of veins. With both types of veins, women develop them far more than men do. In addition, the severity and quantity of the veins will increase with age. Interestingly, it is estimated that as much as 60% of all adults in the United States have one or both kinds of veins and many of those experience vein pain.
Along with vein pain, especially in the case of varicose veins, people who have this condition usually complain of feeling as if the legs are constantly aching and in some cases, cramping. In addition, people complain of symptoms that include a throbbing, burning, or tingling sensation, feeling physically tired, being restless, or even having the sensation of the legs being very heavy. On a positive note, in many instances simply putting the feet up to give the legs a much-needed rest and/or wearing special support hose can eliminate discomfort or pain.
Unfortunately, the degree of vein pain is often intensified in women going through menopause or while being pregnant. Although more needs to be understood, it is common for people with spider and/or varicose veins to experience horrific swelling but even worse, large open ulcers. Obviously, the problem when dealing with ulcers is that they become infected and if this were to happen, an entirely new set of problems could develop. Therefore, if you have veins, regardless of type and even if the vein pain were minimum it would be imperative to seek medical attention if an ulcer were to develop.
As far as treatment options, as mentioned, support stockings are actually very helpful. Along with this, several changes could be made to lifestyle that would also be beneficial. For instance, even better hygiene would make a difference. You would also find that losing weight helps and walking, not standing would reduce both the visual aspect of the veins, as well as vein pain.