Pain and swelling of the legs

Dear Pavel Evgenievich! For two years, the following symptoms are worried: swelling of the legs (as well as in the ankle), pain especially in the inner thigh (as if the vein is looking for "exit", moving) of an episodic nature, a pattern of veins, severe pains in the area of ​​the sole pouch , compactness) located below the fingers (especially in summer it was impossible to attack). Since May 2010 she has been injecting "Differelina" for 6 months. Are these symptoms of varicose veins or are there other causes of pain and swelling?
Symptoms:Aching pain in the legs, swelling of the legs, swelling of the ankles, heaviness in the legs.

Hello, Valentina Alexandrovna. First of all, to exclude deep vein thrombosis, it is necessary to undergo UZAS of the veins of the lower extremities. The nature of pain is not specific for venous pathology, perhaps it is a manifestation of neurologic or orthopedic pathology. The ocular symptom can be both a manifestation of chronic venous insufficiency, and the manifestation of other diseases: the kidneys, the heart. For the diagnosis and appointment of treatment, a full-time phlebologist consultation is needed.

What can result in varicose veins in the lower extremities, if not treated?

Varicosity is a chronic disease that progresses without treatment. There are various methods of treating varicose veins.

With timely access to a doctor-phlebologist inIn most cases, varicose veins are treated without surgery. Now all the efforts of phlebology doctors are aimed at non-surgical treatment.

If you delay and refer to the phlebologist, whenvaricose is "started", then there is no way to do without surgery. Medicine has stepped far ahead in the surgical treatment of venous pathology. Modern operations are unlikely to recall those that were performed 15 to 20 years ago. Low traumatism, high efficiency (due to preoperative angioscanization of veins), cosmeticity, early activation of patients after surgery (long hospitalization and bed rest are not required).

Untreated varicose veins are dangerous for their complications: thrombophlebitis, trophic ulcers, bleeding from veins, etc.

Address to the phlebologist, develop doubts and be healthy!

On television, in newspapers and magazines, often advertise drugs that help with varicose veins. How effective are they? Can I get by with taking these drugs alone?

Unfortunately, to treat varicose veins alonemedicamentous means is impossible. However, it should be noted that medications (venotonic drugs in the form of ointments, gels, tablets) are an important component in the complex treatment of varicose veins. The basis of their action is to strengthen the vascular wall and improve its contractility. Clinically, this manifests itself in the form of a decrease in the feeling of heaviness, pain, fatigue, edema. This is good, but the venotonics do not eliminate the main cause of these phenomena - varicose-dilated veins. Therefore, it should be recognized that to date, the main methods of treatment of varicose veins are non-surgical (different types of sclerotherapy) and surgical treatment, and drug therapy has an auxiliary value.