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Why Pain Is Not The Best Indicator Of Varicose Vein Disease

Why Pain Is Not The Best Indicator Of Varicose Vein Disease

Posted on September 20, 2017 by Dr. Stephen Rivard


The other day I was talking with a woman that said her mother has had varicose vein for as long as she could remember, but she never considered treatment because she never felt pain. This is a comment I hear from a lot of people and is common in the way we view a lot of medical ailments. We usually only seek help or treatment once something is causing us physical pain. However, varicose veins are a medical condition that needs to be treated regardless if pain is a symptom or not.

In fact, pain is actually a late finding in people who have varicose veins. The most common symptoms that people experience day-to-day are heaviness, achiness, swelling, throbbing and itching in the legs-known as the HASTI symptoms. These will often appear long before pain. With these symptoms, most people are able to go on with their daily lives and even their exercise routines as they are symptoms that may cause only mild discomfort. However, varicose veins will not go away on their own, and waiting will only exacerbate these symptoms and can lead to worse conditions.

Often we find patients that have waited to come into our office until they are experiencing pain, and have endured the other symptoms of discomfort for a long time. The sad truth is, there is still the notion that varicose veins are a cosmetic concern and when there is no pain, people do not think they have a real medical problem. Pain is oftentimes our sole motivator to receiving treatment for any ailment, and we oftentimes find this mentality with varicose vein treatment.

However, varicose veins are a medical concern regardless of the presence of pain. Varicose veins are a sign of venous disease. At Illinois Vein Specialists, we recommend people seek treatment if they are experiencing any of the HASTI symptoms, as this is the only effective way to get rid of varicose veins.



At Illinois Vein Specialists, we understand that seeking proper care is just as important to you as it is for us. That is why we focus only on treating varicose and spider veins and provide the most advanced and effective treatments available today. Since opening we have successfully treated over 10,000 patients from around the world.  We treat patients from Buffalo Grove, Cary, Elgin, Algonquin, Palatine, Vernon Hills, Crystal Lake, Hoffman Estates, Lake Zurich, Fox River Grove, Mundelein, Grayslake, Wauconda, Glenview, Northbrook, Chicago, and all areas of Barrington, Illinois and outside of Illinois.

We understand that when you choose a doctor you want to go to someone you know, like and trust, and honestly so do we. We know that patients come to us most often from satisfied patient referrals, but we encourage you to do your own homework and ask around. In the end no matter where you live or who you decide to have treat your varicose or spider veins find someone who focuses only on diagnosing and treating varicose and spider veins -- find a Board Certified Venous and Lymphatic Doctor.


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