Others estimate that only about 1 in 25 of those who suffer from the disease actually seek treatment. Perhaps the reason for this is the misconception that the ropey veins and discoloration are primarily vanity or cosmetic issues. Maybe they believe they cannot afford medical help. Maybe they have been told that the swelling, aches, leg cramps and tiredness are a natural part of aging, but none of those things are true.
Varicose veins develop for many different reasons but arise when vein valves stop functioning. This causes blood to pool in the leg, forming painful and unsightly veins which then become swollen and bulging. This swelling is due to higher vein pressure caused by the malfunctioning vein valves in the leg.
Varicose veins are often believed to be nothing more than a cosmetic concern so many people continue to go about their business without seeking any medical attention. Unfortunately, avoiding treatment can commonly lead to worsening pain and swelling or tired and achy legs.
Those who don’t treat their varicose veins are likely to experience continuing pain, fatigue, and swelling. In more serious situations, patients can develop Edema (an excess of watery fluid collecting in the leg tissue), Deep Vein Thrombosis (blood clots in the leg), and even venous ulcers.
Vein disease will not get better if ignored. It will very likely become worse. Vein disease can complicate other, existing conditions as well. Even if you have received prior care, if you are still suffering, it is likely that you can be treated and made better.