So True, So False: Varicose Veins

Posted on February 1, 2022 by Texas Vein & Wellness Institute

So True, So False: Varicose Veins

It’s easy to believe what you here and with more and more information being thrown at us now more than ever before, it can be hard to sift through what is true and what is false— especially when it comes to your health. Here at Texas Vein & Wellness Institute, we pride ourselves on giving our patients information that they can trust and facts to back them up. And what better way to do that than by a little game of so true, so false. Let’s take a closer look.

Are Varicose Veins Painful?

If you have heard that one of the biggest symptoms of varicose veins is the fact that they are painful, then this information is accurate. Varicose veins can not only make you feel self-conscious due to appearance, but can also cause cramping and leg pain.

Varicose Veins Don’t Only Affect People Who Are Overweight

One of the first things that we encourage overweight patients with varicose veins to do is lose some weight. However, weight isn’t the only factor influencing varicose veins— patients who are extremely lean can also get them. This means that although weight may play a factor in varicose veins, it’s not the cause of them.

Do Varicose Veins Cause Restless Leg Syndrome?

The correlation between varicose veins and restless leg syndrome is still being studied. However, there have been multiple clinical studies that show that patients with restless leg syndrome (RLS) who have their varicose veins removed, stop suffering from symptoms afterward. Additionally, because the symptoms of RLS and varicose veins are often identical to one another, it’s hard to deny the fact that they are interrelated.

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