Are you experiencing burning sensations in your legs lately? Do you have difficulty sleeping at night because of your restless legs? If so, then you should consult your primary care physicians immediately. Chances are, you may have venous insufficiency.
Venous insufficiency indicates a more serious problem. It often results from a blood clot in your legs, causing the blood to pool there. This causes insufficient blood flowing to and from your heart, which will cause more medical problems later.
In your consultation, expect to be prescribed with any of the following to help manage and treat your condition:
Medications to improve your blood flow
The doctor may prescribe medications to increase the frequency of urination, also called diuretics. It decreases the circulating blood, which reduces the chances of you having hypertension or high blood pressure. You may also be prescribed medications to lower blood pressure and reduce the clotting time of your blood. This will help liquefy the clot, which may have been lodged in one of your veins.
Wear venous compression stockings
If your job requires you to stand or sit for a long period, you are likely to feel the symptoms of venous insufficiency toward the end of the day. Wearing venous compression stockings will help improve the blood flow in your legs, as well as help manage the pain, fatigue, and cramps that you feel. It is best worn before you get out of the bedroom.
Surgery to treat or remove the vein involved
When medications do not work for you, your doctor may recommend a surgery to either repair the damaged vein or create a bypass to relieve the symptoms. Depending on the type of surgery appropriate for your condition, it can be minimally invasive using an endoscopic surgery or a vein bypass.
These treatments and management approaches will be prescribed by your primary care physician, after a careful evaluation. You should not try to self-diagnose and determine medications on your own. It is always safe to seek medical help as soon as you notice the symptoms.