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Varicose Vein

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#1 CFMBabs


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Posted 08 July 2007 - 09:53 PM

I've developed a varicose vein. I have to say that it's the only vein I can visably see on the outside (most of my veins hide deep within) so it was quite a surprise for me to have one! It aches mostly at night in bed and sometimes when I walk. My rheumatologist thought it could be a problem in later life but so far has done nothing about it.
I wondered if any of you suffered with varicose veins. I know they can be lifestyle/work related and I just wondered if they could be related to sclero as well?
I guess it's all about growing older -- but I ain't quitting yet!

Best wishes to you all

Barbs xxx

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Posted 08 July 2007 - 10:29 PM

Hi Barbs,
I've read that there are astringent rubs that can help reduce the swelling and calf exercises can also help.


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Posted 08 July 2007 - 11:43 PM

Hi, Barbs. Sorry to hear about your latest addition to the 'family'. There is an excellent article on Varicose Veins on the Mayo Clinic site and they support peanut's advice as well.
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Posted 09 July 2007 - 03:18 AM

Hi there Barbs,
I am not sure if vericose veins have to do with Scleroderma, or maybe other autoimmune issues, but yes I get them too and was curious about them. My mother also has them (along with Sjogrens) very badly and so I wonder how they connect to all of this. I know that they are common among people who are on their feet all day but it is also a vascular issue and that seems common with scleroderma patients.


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Posted 09 July 2007 - 09:50 AM

I never had varicose veins until I lost 45 pounds of water weight back in Feb from two weeks of IVs. All of a sudden, my lower left leg is covered with them. It's quite ugly! I showed them to my rheumatologist last week and the first thing he asked was if my mother had them. She does. So he said "Don't blame me. Blame your mother." LOL It's obviously a genetic thing. Oh Well!

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Posted 10 July 2007 - 02:39 AM

Barb, I have little spider veins. Yes as we get older we can develope them. I dont think its from Sclero my grandma had them. I know a lady who had surgery for hers because she was a mail lady. She had the surgery then had to wear these stockings things. That is all I know about it. Sam

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Posted 10 July 2007 - 03:58 AM

hi Janey,
I think that you might be on to something. I so think that you dr is right that if your mother or grandmother has vericose viens, than you are predispositioned to get them.

Since my mother has them, I always massage my calves and take time to put my feet up every day. I am not sure if this helps, but I dont have them half as badly as my mother does.


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Posted 10 July 2007 - 07:49 AM

I have had vericose veins since about the age of 12yrs old - and at that time, it was only one vein - but by the 1970's they got worse, and a doctor suggested I have surgery to remove them before I would have children - I was 24yrs at that time.........Well in '86 when I was pregnant, they came back worse than ever - I had seen a Vascular doctor in 1994, who said he could do the surgery again, or wear special RX Stockings - he also stated that even if I did have the surgery, I would need to wear the stockings the rest of my life anyway.........

Well, I've been wearing them since '94, but the compression from the stockings has caused me more problems with my feet....So some days I wear them, others I do not...I was also once told that Vericose Veins are heriditary, and my Dad had them, and so did my Aunt.......

They do sell a compression sock at medical stores or a regular pharmacy, those are the ones that are not very restricting - but it might be worth a shot, also try to elevate those legs whenever you can - it does help with the pain.........

Take Care.........hugs......Donna