May 15th, 2015. Flower Mound, TX. Flower Mound Vein Center is publishing a new article about pregnancy, and how the profound changes women’s bodies go through can increase their likelihood of developing vein disease. According to these experienced Flower Mound vascular doctors, approximately 30% of women develop varicose veins during their first pregnancy, and 55% develop them during their second and successive pregnancies.
One of the things that always surprises us in our practice as vascular doctors in Flower Mound is when new patients tell us that their general practitioners recommended that they see a vein doctor months or even years ago, and that they didn’t do it. When asked why, some say that they considered it unnecessary, because after all varicose veins are a “normal part of aging,” and they figured they could “live with them.”
As experienced vascular doctors in Flower Mound, naturally we’ve noticed the extent to which many of our patients go to hide their varicose veins. They tell us that they wear long pants and dark stockings, and manage to come up with a seemingly endless string of excuses to avoid playing sports or going to the beach, and thus having to reveal their legs, because they’re embarrassed by how they look. While this is understandable, one thing that surprises us is that many of these patients seem to be embarrassed to even talk about their varicose veins, even with us, their vein doctors. It’s as if some of these folks have been trying to “live with” their varicose veins by pretending they don’t exist for so long that they feel the need to do so even when talking to a specialist. In this article we’d like to discuss this reluctance to talk about varicose veins, and bring the subject into the open.
“Quality of life” is a phrase that means many things to many people.
As a Flower Mound vein specialist, I often encounter patients whose varicose veins have gotten so bad that they can barely walk. They have chronically swollen legs and ankles, have stopped exercising and doing things they enjoy like playing sports or dancing, and instead sit around much of the time saying “My legs hurt.” When I ask why they haven’t sought vein disease treatment in Texas earlier, they often respond, “Well, I didn’t want to have cosmetic surgery.”
Let’s face it…no one wants to end up in the hospital. So when your doctor tells you that you have high blood pressure and high cholesterol or other signs of arterial disease and that if you don’t do something about it you’ll end up in the hospital, you listen, right? But strangely enough, when people are told that they have signs of disease in their veins – the other blood vessels critical for good health – they often do nothing about it, ignore the problems, and avoid seeking the treatment they need.
For those who have been trying to “live with” vein disease without having it treated, the idea that it could affect their job often just doesn’t compute. We often hear our patients say things like, “Sure, my varicose veins have affected the way that I dress, and they certainly affect my sense of self-esteem and self-worth every time I look in the mirror, but affecting my JOB? Please explain more fully.”
When it comes to staying in good health, people’s “weakest link” is often the condition they don’t pay attention to and have treated, because they believe they don’t need to. For many people, that “weakest link” is their varicose veins. Many of these folks have had varicose veins for so long that they have begun to take them for granted, as if they’re just “something inevitable that comes with age, something you have to live with.” Others may know that their parents and grandparents had varicose veins and never did anything about them or had them treated, so they feel that they can do the same.
Whether you have varicose veins or not, in this article we will present some facts about them that you didn’t know before. You may find them interesting enough that you’ll want to share them with your friends. Your friends will be interested, too, because according to statistics if they’re over the age of 55 there is a higher probability that they have varicose veins than they don’t. After that age, your chances of developing varicose veins is about 50/50.
If you’re standing in front of a mirror and you can see a number of swollen, discolored veins covering your legs, the question might sound a little nonsensical.