Contrary to what many people think, the worst part of having varicose veins is not having to put up with ugly, discolored veins that make you feel bad when you look in a mirror. It’s not the pain and tiredness that your swollen veins often cause. It’s not even the more serious diseases they increase your risk of developing. The worst problem about living with varicose veins is that left untreated, they can quickly turn your life into an exercise in “barely living.”
What our friends in New Jersey should know about “living with varicose veins”
In our practice as providers of vein disease treatment in New Jersey, we often encounter patients who believe that varicose veins are something they really can’t do much about. Their parents or grandparents had them, and they managed to “live with them,” so they think that they can, too. As a result, they avoid seeking treatment, considering them an inevitable part of the aging process.
It’s true that varicose veins are associated with the aging process, and that both men and women are more likely to get them once they pass the age of 50. But that doesn’t mean that they’re inevitable. And it certainly doesn’t mean that one has to just accept them and not have them treated.
The worst problem about having varicose veins is that they get worse
If varicose veins were nothing more than swollen and discolored, you could possibly learn to “live with them” by covering them up with long pants or dark stockings. But if they are not treated, your varicose veins can quickly become covered with leathery skin and open sores that don’t heal. In time, these swollen and infected veins can cause chronically swollen legs and ankles, and cause you so much pain that all you can do is sit around moaning “My legs hurt!” This is not most people’s idea of “living.”
Varicose veins affect more than the attractiveness of your legs
Varicose veins are the visible symptoms of a much deeper problem with your circulation, and thus your overall health. They are an indication of an underlying disease that restricts the proper flow of blood from your extremities back to your heart. This disease can leave you with chronic feelings of tiredness, and without the energy to enjoy your life. You can find yourself avoiding exercise and activities that you enjoyed previously.
Finally, trying to “live with” varicose veins can cause damage your self-confidence and your sense of well-being. Many people who try to “live with” their varicose veins often become depressed, which impairs their immune system and places them at risk of more serious diseases. And the worst part of all of this is that it’s unnecessary, because your spider and Bergen County vein specialist can make your varicose veins a thing of the past.
You have options – you don’t have to live with your varicose veins
In many cases, varicose veins can be treated conservatively, using compression stockings, exercise, and lifestyle changes to manage their unpleasant symptoms. But they can also be removed, using minimally invasive techniques that can be performed in the comfort of our Chuback Medical Group offices in less than an hour. So give Dr. John Chuback a call today at 201-693-4847 and schedule an initial consultation. He can explain your treatment options to you, and help you to select the ones that can get you back on your feet and thus back to actually living as soon as possible.