Having painful veins usually occurs in the legs, and it radiates outward as general leg pain. While painful veins can be due to simple reasons such as venous (vein) pressure – which usually displays as varicose veins and spider veins – it can also be due to serious and unobservable conditions like deep vein thrombosis (DVT), which is a blood clot in a vein that is located deep in a muscle.
Knowing some of the typical causes of painful veins can help you know how to seek effective medical treatment. Let’s talk about some of those causes, and where you can go in Tampa to see an outstanding vein doctor who can help you get rid of your leg pain.
How Do Painful Veins Cause Leg Pain?
If you experience vein pain in the legs, it is generally due to poor circulation, varicose veins, or spider veins. In serious cases, thrombophlebitis or thromboembolism results in leg pain.
- Chronic venous insufficiency: In chronic venous insufficiency, the tiny valves inside a vein do not work properly – they do not facilitate the blood in flowing back to the heart. Therefore, blood pools in the vein and results in swelling, pain, and skin discoloration. Visible cases of chronic venous insufficiency include varicose veins and spider veins.
- Thrombophlebitis: This condition is inflammation and swelling in a vein due to a blood clot (thrombus), blocking blood flow. This commonly occurs in the legs but may also occur in the arms and other areas of the body.
- Thromboembolism: This is when a blood clot has broken loose and is forming an obstruction, and it can easily result in leg pain.
- Deep vein thrombosis: In deep vein thrombosis, a blood clot (thrombus) develops in a vein that is deep inside the muscle. The clot breaks loose and becomes an embolus, which moves to the lungs or heart. Deep vein thrombosis can therefore result in a heart attack, stroke, or pulmonary (lung) embolism.
Varicose Vein Treatment in Tampa Bay
If you are tired of feeling pain in your veins, Dr. Edward Mackay is here for you. He is a board-certified vein specialist, and he will determine the cause of your painful veins – and he will explain your treatment options that would best address your particular vein condition. Everyone is different, and it is important to treat each case individually.
It is almost impossible for someone to know the precise cause of leg swelling and painful veins in your leg without visiting a vein specialist for a medical assessment and treatment. Your vein specialist will review your symptoms and medical history, and you will work together to choose the solution that is best for you.
Dr. Mackay regularly treats spider veins and varicose veins, and he trains other doctors worldwide on how to perform this treatment with the most effective results. If you have any questions or would like to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mackay, call the Tampa Bay office of Edward G. Mackay and Associates today at (727) 781-5652 or fill out our convenient appointment request form online now. We look forward to helping you enjoy clear, pain-free legs once again!