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Why Board Certified Vein Specialist is so Important.

Treating your Varicose Veins can be scary enough... that's why it is important to see a Board Certified Vein Specialist.

Many patients seek treatment for their varicose veins for a number of reasons, but often fail to get the proper treatment they need. This is a story shared by one of our patients, Darlene Schuette, describing just that. Our patient’s share their stories with you out of a desire to educate more people who may have potential issues with vein disease so that they may seek proper care before the disease gets worse. Generally, these stories remain anonymous, but Darlene asked to share her name.

It has been 15 years since Darlene Schuette was first treated for varicose veins. She knew very well that she had them as she inherited her bulging veins from both sides of the family. Although it was many years ago she still remembers the experience as if it were yesterday. At the time, Darlene was in her late 50s and had a real hard time getting out of the car as her legs were heavy and swollen. She needed help and went to a doctor not knowing what to expect.  Unfortunately, her doctor did not fully inform her of what procedures were needed or offered at the time one what was going to take place. Darlene was uncomfortable from the start and as they put her to sleep she remembered asking why this was needed and the doctor said that it was common to do so. Darlene, thinking back, stated "they had me with my feet up for many hours, and the surgery lasted two days as I needed to come back the next day to finish." When she woke in pain she was informed that it would take a few weeks for her leg to heal and that she would have to 

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Getting Varicose Vein Treatment While Pregnant

Why waiting to treat your Varicose Veins may have Negative side effects for later pregnancies. A Patient’s Perspective.

Although it may be common to hear your doctor say that you should wait until you are completely finished having children before treating your varicose or spider veins, the truth is you may be getting the wrong advice.  As we have seen in the last few articles, there are many common misconceptions or myths about varicose vein treatment, and why waiting to treat them may cause needless suffering or more serious side effects down the road. In this article we will hear from a patient about her experience with varicose veins through pregnancy.  While many patients do not prohibit from sharing their names, unless otherwise requested these stories will remain anonymous. Our patient’s share their stories with you out of a desire to educate more people who may have potential issues with vein disease so that they may seek relief before the disease gets worse.

Our next patient, as mentioned, is female, mid 30’s and has given birth to 3 children, and will be referred to as Karen. Karen, common to many women who have given birth, did not actually notice any signs or symptoms of varicose veins during her first pregnancy. However, during her second pregnancy she started to notice bulging veins and patches of spider veins. She recalls many restless nights tossing in her bed from Restless Legs and often needed to get out of bed to stretch or move about. Eventually, the pain and swelling became worse and Karen decided to talk to her doctor about her legs. The doctor informed Karen that the increased pressure in her pelvis is most likely the cause of her restless legs, but she may want see a vein specialist when she is finished having children as it would most likely happen again. Fortunately, Karen was referred to Illinois Vein Specialist by a friend who had the same experience. Karen followed her advice and sought a second opinion. Although Karen could not get her legs treated during the pregnancy she was asked to return after the birth. Additionally, Karen was recommended to wear compression stockings for the time being to help reduce some swelling and pain, but was informed that her symptoms would likely persist even after childbirth.

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Common Symptoms of Vein Disease-Varicose Veins

Common Symptoms of Vein Disease-Varicose Veins: What Everyone Should Know

Today in America nearly 1 out of every 4 people have vein disease-varicose veins. If you factor in all the other potential conditions that may increase your chances for having them, by the time you are 50 this number increases to almost half the population. Most people, however, tend to think of varicose veins as something that doesn’t really present itself until that later age, but because varicose veins is real disease this is more of a myth, and the results of letting it go untreated can be severe. That is why knowing the symptoms of vein disease (i.e. the symptoms of varicose veins) is probably something that everyone above the age of 10 should know. Here are some of the most important and noticeable venous disease symptoms:

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Symptoms of Varicose Veins in the Pelvis

Common Symptoms of Varicose Veins in the Pelvis: Pelvic Congestive Syndrome.

Pelvic Congestion has increasingly become one of the most common causes of chronic pelvic pain. Chronic pelvic pain is experienced by nearly 35% of the female population at some point in their lifetime, yet many doctors are unaware of their root cause. In the last decade, however, advancements in technology have allowed Phlebologists (varicose vein specialists) to detect varicose veins in the body and link them as the underlying disease behind a growing number of other health concerns. One of these health concerns is known as pelvic congestive syndrome.

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