Sunday, October 20, 2013

So Vein. Not to be confused with Vain.

It's funny how the smallest thing can cause you so much discomfort.  For at least four years I have had a small varicose vein on my left shin.  SO small that it really was a minor inconvenience and that's it.  Every so often my leg would bother me if I did A LOT of walking or standing.  Sometimes at Zumba small, quick, steps caused slight discomfort.  It was such a small issue that I never thought much of it.  I'd mention going get it fixed from time to time -- mainly for cosmetic reasons.  Well, all of that changed a few weeks ago.

The day after we visited the new Bayou Country Children's Museum, my leg hurt.  It was similar to the discomfort I had experienced in the past, only ten times worse.  Heaviness and tiredness were making it hard to walk.  I thought perhaps it was a strained muscle or something.  I rested for two days and by Saturday it was better.  We actually went back to the museum, and once again on Sunday the pain had returned.  This went on for a week, having an 'ok' day to the pain and discomfort returning in full force.  Then I noticed a knot on my inner thigh with a 'spider web' of purple veins around it.  And my other veins also appeared darker.  Off to the doctor I went just to be certain that it wasn't a clot or something bad.  "Varicose veins," he said.  "A clot in the superficial veins, not the kind that will kill you."  Aleve, soak in the tub, stretch before exercising was the suggestion.

Over a week later there had been NO improvement.  Actually it hurt even more.   I called The Vein Center of the South.  I almost felt silly because truly my leg doesn't look that bad at all.  I have seen people with horrible varicose veins all over, and here I am complaining about these tiny things.  After a myriad of questions, the doc had me stand on this platform while he did an ultrasound.  Some of his comments concerned me!!!!  And viola, I have a diagnosis.  One of the veins that runs the length of my leg has failed.  He showed me on the ultrasound by squeezing my calf that the blood is just going haywire instead of traveling in the normal upward direction. The other veins are being flooded, hence the varicose veins - old and new - causing me much discomfort.

The good news is a simple laser surgery will correct it.  Easy-peasy, in the office, in an hour!  The bad news is my insurance will not cover the procedure until a trial period of (gulp) compression stockings.  Yes, old lady stockings.  Even more bad news -- it is a 12 week requirement.  If I'm lucky, they can push for it in 8 weeks.  I know there are worse things, but until then.....

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1 comment:

  1. I had some wicked varicose veins that had been there for years. Unfortunately, they began to hurt and became uncomfortable. So I went and found vein treatment NYC, and have not looked back since. This can be a serious issue, and I would not recommend over looking it! Just make sure that you have the where with all to keep up with preventing it before it comes back!