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Varicose Veins Symptoms

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Normal leg veins work against gravity taking blood from the legs back to the heart. One-way flow valves in leg veins help prevent blood from flowing backwards, or refluxing, toward the feet. When these valves malfunction and backward flow occurs, it is called venous reflux or venous insufficiency. A superficial vein that refluxes is called a varicose vein. This backward flow causes veins to bulge and become symptomatic. Reflux causes legs to feel heavy, achy, tired, and swollen, especially at the end of the day. Other symptoms include burning, itching, and throbbing. After years and years of reflux, the chronic high pressure in the veins may cause skin changes such as increased pigmentation, skin texture changes, and even venous ulcers.

I had always heard horror stories about the pain involved with varicose vein treatment, and I thought insurance did not cover the treatment. Both were untrue…