How Can Varicose Veins Affect Your Life?

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Woman in a business suit bending down to hold her leg: varicose veins affecting her career.

According to the American Psychological Association, our jobs influence our lives even outside of the workplace. Our work can be a big part of our identity and can represent what is important to us. There are many factors that affect career and work satisfaction, one of the most important one being health. A full-time career requires a lot of commitment, and if you don’t feel in control of your body, it can negatively affect your career.

Unsightly varicose veins are not just a cosmetic condition as they often present many painful symptoms.  These symptoms include:

  • Leg pain
  • Leg Cramps
  • Burning
  • Itching
  • Restless legs
  • Swelling of affected area
  • Skin discoloration

How Varicose Veins Can Affect Your Job

Although these symptoms are not enough to warrant a sick day, enduring these symptoms for an extended period of time will likely leave you feeling less than at your best. If your job requires you to stand for long hours, it can make the symptoms even worst. Varicose veins may also affect your self-esteem due to their unsightly appearance. Some women will avoid wearing skirts and dresses to cover their legs, even during spring and summer.

Varicose veins can affect your job if you sit or stand all day. The pressure on your leg veins over time will likely cause irritation to the veins with blockages. This can be painful and may even require you to take multiple breaks throughout your workday to avoid pain.

People with vein disease will often try easily-accessible treatment methods like pain-relieving medication and lots of caffeine. Although this may provide some short-term relief, it will not treat the veins that are blocked and varicosed. The unappealing, swollen and painful varicose veins can often be a sign of an underlying disease known as venous insufficiency. Dysfunctional valves in the veins cause blood to pool, leading to the painful symptoms mentioned above. As a result, if you delay treatment, these symptoms can progress and lead to serous complications like Deep Vein Thrombosis (DVT) or chronic wounds/ulcers.

How Varicose Veins Affect Daily Life

A study conducted in 2015 by Journal of Clinical Nursing found that “Patients with varicose veins classified C4 had notable symptoms of the disease that affected daily living. This in turn required the use of different coping strategies to manage symptoms, and significant adjustments related to activities and social life were made.” The progression of vein disease is separated into stages. The C4 stage describes when there are noticeable skin changes occurring around the affected area. These skin changes usually appear as red or blue discoloration or the development of skin ulcers. This study further proves that the pain and discomfort from varicose veins can cause you to adapt your life to avoid pain.

Vein Disease Treatment at USA Vein Clinics

At USA Vein Clinics, we offer a variety of minimally-invasive treatments for vein disease. All of our treatments are eligible for insurance coverage, meaning you can get the relief you need without breaking the bank. We have over 80 locations nationwide, check out our Location page to find a clinic located near you.

We are truly dedicated to providing people with a lasting solution for vein disease issues, without having to go through an unnecessary, invasive procedure. If you are struggling with the symptoms of vein disease, or are wondering how varicose veins can affect your life, give us a call to schedule an appointment today.

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