Stop Feeling ‘Restless’ About Your Varicose Veins

Carrie’s legs had a mind of their own at night.  As she tried to drift into sleep, she had an overwhelming, uncontrollable urge to continually move her legs, and often it was so bad she actually had to out of bed and walk around, which sometimes, but not always, brought her some relief.  Many nights she was awakened by a sense of something crawling up her limbs, or an aching or tingling feeling.  It was absolutely driving her crazy, and she was exhausted during the day because these constant unpleasant symptoms were disrupting her sleep.  She researched her symptoms on the internet, and discovered she had “Restless Leg Syndrome.”  What she didn’t know was why.


Carrie sought help from Dr. Krikorian of St. Louis, who concurred with her self-diagnosis.  After ruling out various causes for her disorder, he discovered she had varicose veins on her legs, and attributed this as to why she was suffering these horrible nighttime sensations and the urgency to move.  Carrie had noticed the varicose veins, but wasn’t concerned about them  because she wasn’t one to wear shorts or skirts, and was most comfortable in slacks.  she never considered that the unsightly veins were causing her uncomfortable symptoms, but was quite relieved to know that she could do something to relieve her suffering.


Dr. Krikorian of St. Louis Can Kick Your Urge to Kick


During Carrie’s consultation with Dr. Krikorian of St. Louis, she learned that varicose veins are not only unattractive, but can also be the cause of several medical problems, such as her Restless Leg Syndrome.   After performing a complete examination of her veins, and performing an ultrasound to determine if she was a strong candidate for the removal of her blue, rope-looking veins, he recommended she have her varicose veins removed using a procedure called Radiofrequency Ablation, assuring her that this would relieve the creepy crawly feelings she experienced every night, and would soon start sleeping much better.


How Radiofrequency Ablation Works


Dr. Krikorian of St. Louis immediately made Carrie feel comfortable by reassuring her that the procedure consisted of simply using heat to close off her affected veins.  On the day of her treatment, Carrie was given just a local anesthetic.  Dr. Krikorian then inserted a catheter into her affected veins using an ultrasound as his guide, and then released bursts of radiofrequency energy into the bulging veins, shutting them down and eliminating them.  There was very little to no pain, and the only thing Carrie had to do after the procedure was  a lot of walking and wear  compression stockings for a short time as her legs healed.  The entire process was easier, and faster, then she thought possible.


Soon Carrie’s legs began sleeping as peacefully as she did every night.  She was astounded by the increased energy she had during the day now, as a result of getting a good night’s sleep without those unpleasant kicking interruptions.  And she received an unexpected bonus after her procedure — Carrie’s legs looked so great she had the urge to start wearing shorts and skirts everyday!

Varicose Veins Are More Than Just Ugly

Varicose Veins Are More Than Just Ugly


The first thing many people conjure in their minds when hearing ‘varicose veins’ is grandmothers with  bulging bluish veins popping out of their legs – yikes!  A common assumption perhaps, but the truth is anyone can become a victim of this problem, even men.  Typically viewed as an unsightly cosmetic issue, many people don’t realize untreated varicose veins are a very serious health hazard.  Dr. Krikorian of St. Louis, who treats this condition as both cosmetic and medical, urges patients to have any varicose veins evaluated immediately.


Varicose veins are definitely unattractive – swollen, blue or purple, creating a three dimensional map of twisted, jagged roads – cause sufferers to shun shorts and skirts and be forever beholden to long pants.  That’s no way to live, of course, but more importantly, simply covering up these ugly veins could be covering up a serious health problem.  Varicose veins occur when one-way valves inside veins that move blood toward the heart, become weakened, or damaged.  This causes blood to back up in the vein and start to pool, which results in swelling.  This is what gives varicose veins that bulging, raised appearance.  When blood pools in a vein that runs close to the skin, it can sometimes lead to a clot.  These clots are not very serious, though are painful.  Other clots, however, can move to a deeper vein, which is known as Deep Vein Thrombosis.  If this kind of clot becomes loose and travels to the lungs, it can cause a pulmonary embolism, which often can be fatal.   Dr. Krikorian of St. Louis offers several treatments for potentially dangerous veins.


The stereotype of only little old ladies having varicose veins is false.  Although increasing age does strengthen a person’s chances, heredity is also a factor, as is pregnancy.  People who frequent careers that force them to constantly stand, such as nurses, bartenders, retail salespeople and waitresses, also have a high risk.  However, those who sit down a great deal of the time without getting up to move around, are also at a greater risk, as are people who are overweight.  Extra weight puts extra pressure on veins.


Symptoms That Should Send You Quickly Running To Dr. Krikorian of St. Louis


Varicose veins can also be a warning sign to a quite serious vein condition called venous disease, or venous insufficiency.   Sometimes varicose veins will start to seriously swell, and cause a patient extreme pain.  Over a period of untreated time, these veins can cause hyperpigmentation, which is a darkening of the skin on the legs.  Also, itching or a burning feeling may occur, as well as cramping, which can be a warning of a blood clot.


Although vanity may be one of the most popular reasons to inquire about varicose vein removal treatments with Dr. Krikorian of St. Louis, your health should be the priority.  If varicose veins start to appear on your legs, be aware that no matter how ugly, they pose a much uglier risk – serious health problems.