Why treating your Varicose Veins may keep you active later on in life. A Patient’s Perspective.
Many patients seek treatment for their varicose veins for a number of reasons, including their unsightly appearance, pain, swelling, or even serious health problems. However, treating your varicose veins has other benefits besides alleviating these symptoms, like allowing you to keep active later in life. This is a story shared by one of our patients 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 relief before the disease gets worse. While many patients do not prohibit sharing their names, unless otherwise requested these stories will remain anonymous.
This patient is early 70’s, male, and his name is Ted. For many years Ted was very active in retirement and an avid tennis player. While he noticed some bulging varicose veins on his legs, they did not seem to bother him when he was younger. However, when seeing his physician before retirement the doctor informed Ted that as he got older he may have to see a vein specialist for his legs. As time passed, Ted began feeling more of the symptoms commonly associated with varicose vein disease. His legs would often swell after games requiring him to rest longer and eventually the pain became unbearable to the point where Ted could no longer participate in some of his favorite activities. Although Ted’s original doctor has since retired, his new doctor recognized the symptoms and referred the patient to Illinois Vein Specialists. Ted, doing some research on his own, also had a friend who had similar treatment at IVS and decided that it would be worth the time to get his legs examined. During his initial consultation at IVS Ted was informed that he had serious varicose veins as a result of venous hypertension which meant that Ted’s legs where not getting proper blood flow, particularly during physical activity such as tennis.