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Old 08-27-11, 03:57 PM
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Vericose veins

I have had them forever. First they were small, then a bit bigger, now I have them all over, huge gross ones after stepping up the pace this season with tons of road riding. They seem to be getting much worse. They don't hurt or itch.

I have been athletic all of my life, never overweight and never pregnant. Should I expect any long-term troubles? I am 52
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Old 08-27-11, 04:04 PM
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I would go to the doctor and ask him/her.
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Old 08-27-11, 04:09 PM
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My father had them. He had some stripped and some killed off with injections, neither of which he would do if given a second chance. Talk to your doctor and the only advice my father would give you is to leave them alone until medical intervention is required.
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Maybe ask George?

Hincapie, that is. THOSE things are varicose veins!
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Varicose veins tend to get worse with age, when the valves in the veins don't work as well, and are often worsened when you stand or sit for long periods of time. Exercise, raising your feet, compression stocking can all help. They could cause problems like inflammation or clots, or can indicate general circulatory problems. So if you haven't had a general checkup, I would get one, and wearing compression stockings can help in the meantime. Also colonoscopy time if you haven't had one yet. =)
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Old 08-27-11, 04:35 PM
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+1 to compression stockings. If you're on your feet a lot they really help.

"Jobst" and "T.E.D." are two well-regarded brands that should be available at a pharmacy.
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Old 08-27-11, 06:29 PM
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Originally Posted by david58 View Post
Maybe ask George?

Hincapie, that is. THOSE things are varicose veins!
His legs look like they have intestines. Hopefully no one will post a photo.
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Old 08-28-11, 08:49 AM
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My dad had bad varicose veins. I guess I inherited them from him.
I had mine treated in 2009(?) -- laser treatment. I'm still not a fashion model but my legs looks MUCH better!!
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Old 08-28-11, 10:18 AM
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By any and all means get your doctor involved to treat or manage your varicose veins.

Blood clots can form in varicose veins and travel to your heart , lungs etc. so don't he man this......get help!!
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Well, that is not such good news. My doctor saw them and gave me one of "those" looks. I had some cuts that needed looking after however so he was on to other things before we could speak about it.


Originally Posted by CbadRider View Post
His legs look like they have intestines. Hopefully no one will post a photo.

His are worse than mine by double. whoa!

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Old 08-28-11, 04:39 PM
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My doctor told me my veins are too close together.
Too close together??
Yes, he said I had very-close veins.
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Old 08-28-11, 05:29 PM
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Originally Posted by Nightshade View Post
By any and all means get your doctor involved to treat or manage your varicose veins.

Blood clots can form in varicose veins and travel to your heart , lungs etc. so don't he man this......get help!!
Varicose veins aren't considered a risk factor for deep vein thrombosis or venous thromboembolism.

Good basic varicose vein info:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002099/
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Old 08-28-11, 07:46 PM
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Originally Posted by JanMM View Post
Varicose veins aren't considered a risk factor for deep vein thrombosis or venous thromboembolism.

Good basic varicose vein info:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/PMH0002099/
Well, I had a patient bleed out and die from her varicose veins.

To be fair, she had multiple other health issues, including chronic anticoagulation for atrial fibrillation, but still...
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Old 08-29-11, 03:17 AM
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oh man, Ill start with stockings and putting my feet up more often. Thanks folks..
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Old 08-30-11, 04:47 PM
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Here is some good info on varicose veins https://www.familysurgicalveins.com/flv01_semi_large.php
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There goes your career as a leg model. Better stick with the welding.
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Originally Posted by ftwelder View Post
oh man, Ill start with stockings and putting my feet up more often. Thanks folks..
PLEASE!!!!! Get your doctor involved with helping you manage this health problem!!!!!! Stockings help ( I wear them) but they come in different compression levels that needs to be right from the get go. Your doctor can guide you to what will work and not cause harm.
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Originally Posted by Wreader View Post
Here is some good info on varicose veins https://www.familysurgicalveins.com/flv01_semi_large.php
Seems to be an advertisement for the good doctor.
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Yes. that is an advertisement for a doctor who specializes in varicose vein surgery. I think having information about your business on your business website is considered an acceptable practice. The website and videos therein explain varicose veins, their cause and treatment.
I had a dozen veins and pieces of veins removed last Thursday. I got back on the bike on Saturday and did 6 miles. The treatment of varicose veins has improved greatly since I had my first vein stripping around 1980.
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Yes. that is an advertisement for a doctor who specializes in varicose vein surgery. I think having information about your business on your business website is considered an acceptable practice. The website and videos therein explain varicose veins, their cause and treatment.
I had a dozen veins and pieces of veins removed last Thursday. I got back on the bike on Saturday and did 6 miles. The treatment of varicose veins has improved greatly since I had my first vein stripping around 1980.
Ah! I see that the practice's website does have some other info about vein problems and treatments, more than what is contained within the video. I would still want to supplement that with info from other reliable sources in order to make an informed decision as a consumer.

Glad you are doing well.
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So you see it's not a rare problem. I'm in the same boat. Had the right leg stripped surgically in '96 and have had my doc watching the situation since. Walmart sells a pretty decent knee-high compression stocking for $20 a pair. I've used them for several years now with minimal edema in the ankles and no popliteal venous inflamation. TEDs and Jobst are prescription-only and as a result quite pricey (haven't looked recently-- I suspect $150-200 for the pantyhose style, though). And if you lose (or gain) weight, you may as well get a new prescription-- you're not going to have the magic compression pressure that was prescribed. I still have varicosities, and they extend to the groin area. I need to check into laser treatment-- sounds like it might be the way to go. In the meantime, unless I'm mountain biking back in the forest, I usually wear tights because (1) my legs are pearly white from lack of sunshine, and (2) George Hincapie doesn't have anything on me.
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Originally Posted by ftwelder View Post
Well, that is not such good news. My doctor saw them and gave me one of "those" looks. I had some cuts that needed looking after however so he was on to other things before we could speak about it.
Your primary care doc isn't the one to discuss vein problems with. S/he needs to refer you to a vein specialist. That's the person who will get the job done for you.
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Thanks for the advice everyone.
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