I'm trying to get an unbiased grasp for the implications of varicose veins. When I go on vein specialist websites, they seem to indicate that varicose veins can be a progressively worsening and dangerous health issue. But of course they would say that, because they want you to think you NEED the procedure. They're getting paid well to fix people's unsightly veins. They even go so far as to say, depending on the situation, it may be advisible to have the veins fixed before a woman is finished having children. The devil's advocate in me says, "Of course, they want to get paid twice!!"
Then there are those stories of women who have been told byt their OBs that they ought to stop having babies because of them, but they go on to have their 8th, 9th, 10th, and 11th babies in defiance of that.
These are the things I know:
1) They're ugly
2) They're uncomfortable
3) They can get worse over time, especially with pregnancy
But what I want to know is:
1) Are they mostly cosmetic
2) or are they a real health issue
I know all the tricks to try to help varicose veins. I employ some of them, but the one that seems to help with the discomfort the most are support stockings. They're hot and uncomfortable in the summer, but they do help with the aching, itching and heavy feeling. Tinctures, vitamins and homeopathic remedies don't touch them, so I've given up on those. They're just too far gone to be helped by those little bandaids. They seem to be creeping into my vuvla and seat somewhat too. I'm wondering if I have them internally in my pelvic veins as well. So yeah, they're pretty bad, I guess, though I've never had a doctor look at them, so its hard to say. Of course they're worse because I'm pregnant. I take aspirin for other reasons, so I'm not worried about them clotting, and I'm definitely not sedentary, so there are not a lot of lifestyle things I need to change. Like I said, I know all the tricks. I'm not asking about that.
What I'd really like to know are the facts about them. So are they really a risk, especially with continuing to have babies? Or are they really just a nuisance? Is it more a discomfort than a health issue? Is getting them fixed between pregnancies for the sake of comfort something to consider or is it just a moneymaking ploy on the part of the specialists?
If anyone has any solid info for me on this, it would be great. Thanks.
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