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Saturday, July 06, 2013

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Varicose veins are gnarled, enlarged veins.

Any vein may become varicose, but the veins most commonly affected are those in legs & feet, due to standing & walking increasing the pressure in the veins of the lower body.

For some folks varicose veins are simply a cosmetic concern. While for others they cause pain & discomfort. For some people they can lead to more serious problems.


Treatment:

1) self-care measures such as elevating ones legs for temporary relief & wearing support hose

2) medical procedures to close or remove veins.


I found it interesting that women are more likely to face dealing with varicose veins than men are.

Other factors in the probabliity of one developing varicose vein concerns are pregnancy, obesity, menopause, aging, prolonged standing, leg injury, & abdominal straining.

One source stated that varicose veins are not caused by crossing the legs or ankles. That surprised this gal - it was the first time I read/heard differently from the long standing thought that crossing ones legs was not a good idea, for those with a tendency toward varicose veins.

And from a recent program that I was listening to: Being overweight is a huge risk factor for varicose veins. When weight is dropped the veins may continue to be extended; however, the weight drop will certainly stop more varicose veins from developing.

Their tips to prevent or improve the condition already in progress:

1) Lose weight.
2) Do not cross your legs.


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I have also heard/read that those who deal with varicose veins should not ride bicycles. I believe that was due to the excessive pumping of the blood in the legs during such activity.


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PEGTIGER 7/8/2013 4:57PM

    Wonderful information. I have people ask me how I got the bruise on the back of my leg, it's not a bruise. I've had it years and figure it is some kind of vein problem. I went to a chiropractor speech one time and she was against crossing legs at any point, not at ankles, not at knees. She wanted sit up straight with fee flat on the ground. Hard to do for a long time.

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SLIMLILA 7/8/2013 12:30PM

    so, there's no reason we can't cross our legs?

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SHILOBOOTH 7/8/2013 2:55AM

    Thank you so much :) I have varicose veins and do a fair amount of exercises but I get restless leg syndrome and have noticed exercise actually makes that worse but tough, needs to be done. Have a great day :D

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PEZMOM1 7/6/2013 10:56PM

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 7/6/2013 7:55PM

    Interesting information. Thanks for sharing this. Ever since I had that big venus stasis ulcer I have been freaked out by my vericose veins.

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WOUBBIE 7/6/2013 7:54PM

    They run in my family, but I definitely have the worst of them. Years of retail work (standing on carpet-covered concrete floors for 8-12 hours) and 22 years of smoking did a number on them.

The best exercise apparently is walking. Never heard about biking being a problem. It's also REALLY important to get up at least once an hour from a seated job to get the circulation going. It's not so much for the obvious varicose veins, but if you have vein troubles on the outer part of the leg you probably have weak veins deeper in, and clots in those veins can be REAL trouble.

I wear support socks nearly every day, and what a difference they make! KMart just started carrying an inexpensive line of them, and they feel SOOOOO good! I'm pretty sure these are the ones:

http://www.kmart.com/m
edipeds-compression-socks-mediu
m-black-value-pack-2/p-030W0041
73754001P?prdNo=4&blockNo=4&blockType=G4

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 7/6/2013 7:03PM

    Thank you for this info!

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LALMEIDA 7/6/2013 6:44PM

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1STATEOFDENIAL 7/6/2013 5:25PM

    Varicose veins can also occur due to some medical conditons, and some medications can exacerbate the problem.

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TOPSBEAR 7/6/2013 4:15PM

    I was told when I was a teen that problems were cause by crossing your legs (over the knee) but was not given the reason for it. I never did cross my legs, though I do remember thinking as a teen that it was probably something to with sex (LOL)

My mother wouldn't talk about sex and as she wouldn't give me a reason, I think it was a fair assumption for a kid ....

I did find out later in my teens that this varicose veins was one of the reasons.
I guess cause I never learned to do this crossing legs thing at a young age, I never acquired the habit to do it.

Thanks for sharing!
god bless

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FIT4MEIN2013 7/6/2013 4:09PM

    Good information!

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LIVERGIVER 7/6/2013 3:09PM

    Thanks for the info!

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