It’s important to always keep in mind that not all varicose veins exist just under the skin! In fact, not all varicose veins can be seen through the skin and not all varicose veins bulge from the skin. Varicose veins can form deep down in veins that are well masked by fat and muscle tissue. It is entirely possible you may need varicose vein treatment without seeing even a single spider vein on your skin!
So, How Do You Know If You Have Varicose Veins If You Can’t See Them?
The truth is you cannot know for sure if you have varicose veins unless you go to a vein doctor and let him or her perform what’s called a duplex ultrasound on you. This diagnostic test is also sometimes called a doppler ultrasound because it not only shows a three dimensional view of the inside of your veins like a regular ultrasound, it also shows the movement of blood through your veins (think of the movement you see on doppler radar). It’s kind of like getting an x-ray, only sound waves, not x-rays, are used to see inside. For emphasis, not even the best trained vein doctor in the world can know for sure if you have varicose veins without this test.
You can get hints that you have varicose veins that may not be visible through your skin by paying close attention to your body. If your legs ache a lot or fatigue easily, try elevating them above your heart for a twenty to thirty minutes. Does this make the aching and pain go away? If so, you may have varicose veins deep down where they cannot be seen through the skin. If your legs seem to swell for no apparent good reason, you may have invisible varicose veins too. Listen to your body!
General Practitioners Sometimes Miss Hidden Varicose Veins
Having a good general doctor give you a thorough check up once or twice a year is always a good idea. However, you should be aware that general doctors do sometimes miss things and or misinterpret symptoms. If you present with perfect legs with no signs of varicose veins, reticular veins, or even spider veins, a general doctor may miss a potential diagnosis of varicose veins. He or she may not know that you could need need varicose vein treatment.
You may tell your general doctor that your legs have been hurting and feeling tired but they may miss the possibility that they need to refer you to a vein doctor for a duplex ultrasound. They may instead automatically look for other explanations such as you being low in potassium. So, you may need to take it upon yourself to schedule an appointment at a good vein clinic, such as Metro Vein Centers, if you’re having these symptoms. You don’t actually need a referral from a general doctor… you can refer yourself!
If You Learn Nothing Else From This Article, We Hope You Learn This
If you are experiencing some of the classic symptoms of varicose veins but you don’t see any visible sights of varicose veins, you should not wait to be checked out! No one will think you are crazy if you walk into Metro Vein Centers and tell them you’re felling a deep aching pain in one or both of your legs and you want to get checked out for possible varicose vein treatment!
If you ignore your symptoms, simply because you don’t have any unsightly varicose veins, you may be very sorry you did. The problem(s) will only get worse over time without intervention. No one will fault you if your legs feel strangely tired and fatigued all the time and you want the vein doctors at Metro Vein Centers to take a look with duplex ultrasound to see if you have any hidden varicose veins that aren’t showing at the surface. In fact, they actually offer free consultations.
Keep This Fact In Mind
Although it isn’t a common occurrence, there have been numerous cases where a patient has suddenly developed an open leg ulcer without ever seeing a single varicose vein on their leg! Obviously, in this case, they will need immediately varicose vein treatment as well as wound treatment. However, if they had caught it earlier by getting a duplex ultrasound performed by a vein doctor, they may could have prevented ever getting to the advanced stage of a leg ulcer.
Don’t ignore your symptoms and make sure you get yourself to a good vein clinic for a duplex ultrasound and a thorough examination, even if your general doctor doesn’t make the referral. In fact, you can always advocate for yourself and ask your general doctor for a referral to see if you need varicose vein treatment. Let them know that you know your symptoms could be due to a case of hidden varicose veins. Remind them too that deep varicose veins can often be the sight of a blood clot.