Sometimes, symptoms of vein disease are very obvious, like when you notice bulging, dark veins on your legs. But other times, the symptoms are less visible. At the end of the day, do your legs just feel off? Are they tired, and feeling very heavy? Have you been diagnosed with restless leg syndrome?
As it turns out, all of those symptoms are signs of venous reflux disease. Which means, if your answers are yes, it’s time to see your Houston vein specialists. That’s because you may have been suffering from this condition for quite some time, even if you haven’t seen physical symptoms.
What is Venous Reflux?
When your legs are healthy, the valves in the leg veins open and close well, helping blood return back to your heart. When you have venous reflux, however, the valves don’t function fully. This allows blood to flow back down into your legs, pooling and stretching your veins. And, over time, you will start to notice varicose veins, even if they haven’t yet appeared.
Why? Varicose veins become swollen, twisted and sometimes painful because they are filled with too much blood. People may think that varicose veins are just a cosmetic issue, but they are actually one more symptom of reflux disease, a condition that can become debilitating if allowed to progress.
Dealing with Venous Reflux
If you have symptoms of venous reflux, your vein specialist can perform a diagnostic ultrasound to get you a confirmed diagnosis. And if that diagnosis is venous reflux disease, we can start treatment right away. Initially, we start with conservative treatment options like support stockings—especially if you don’t yet have visible symptoms. We may also help you begin a weight loss and exercise regimen, to take some of the pressure off your hard working veins and to help strengthen legs muscles that will push blood up where it belongs. And we’ll make sure you’re putting up your legs whenever possible.
Of course, these measures won’t cure venous reflux—they’ll just help manage symptoms and they may prevent disease progression. Patients who are seeking a permanent solution to their venous reflux can schedule a consultation with Drs. Fox and Hardee to see which of our minimally invasive vein treatment options will best suit their needs.