I recently have gotten some viens on my legs I am 39 years old and I dont know what to do. They are small bluish viens and I really want to get rid of them but I dont know what todo could someone help.
I think you're talking about spider veins or varicose veins. I heard usuing compression stockings (which can be purchased at any surgical supply store) can help dimminish their apperance, also exercising, avoiding prolonged periods of sitting or standing can help them from getting worse. If that don't work laser surgery is also an option.
Does anyone know if exercising regulary can cause spider viens or if it can cause them to get worse. I am still trying to understand how I got spider viens on my legs. I just learned that spider viens come from pronlonged standing or sitting but for the past two years I have been a full time student who doesnít work and does not do any prolonged standing or sitting. Before beginning school I worked as warehouse helper and was on my legs all day. So my question is why did my spider viens appear on my legs now and not when I stopped working and began studying.
No one answered my question. Why did the viens come out on my legs now after they were period of time where I use to spend long hours standing.Also I currently workout daily at the gym for about an 1 1/2 hours I rotate between legs and chest exercises everyday.
Can this cause my spider viens to worsen. Please someone write back.
Last edited by [Professorf; 05-09-2007 at 04:54 AM.
A lot is due to the aging process. Your veins may become less efficient, not as elastic as you get older. That and genetics is the main cause of them, not so much what you do. I think yoou would have started getting them whether you exercise, stand around or whatever. You can get stuff to shrink them, like a lotion. Ask your pharmacist.
Gravity puts pressure on your veins in the legs, and they have to work harder to pump blood back upwards to the heart. The pressure can break the valves in the veins. Blood can collect in pools in the veins.
They are made worse by standing for long periods, by being constipated or overweight, and by pregnancy.
I have a few from standing long hours bartending and serving drinks at the casino. They aren't always buldging out or blue. A good portion of the time you can't see them unless I haven't given my legs a break during the week. If I haven't then they buldge out and hurt
So can working out at the gym make them worse? I am afraid of them getting anyworse. What can I do specificaly so that they don't worsen. What should I stay away from what can I do specifically to help them heal.
I have read about some treatements that are available. And so as far as treaments go I know my options. In particular Sclerotherapy. But again my main question whether they can get worse by any strenous exercise at the gym.
there are two types of veins.. vericose veins are larger dark blue veins that often bulge out of the skin.. they can become painful and sometimes have to be removed. Spider veins are small, dark web-like veins that are just under the skin. The do NOT bulge and are superficial, meaning they do not hurt and are not a medical problem. So you would have to determine which ones you have. Vericose veins are often heriditery and come with age. I am at risk at getting them because my grandmother and her mother both had them. Spider veins can be hereditery and can also can be caused by various reasons. Some say from standing too long (which I haven't ever had to do and I have them). Some say from sitting too long.. also birth control can be a factor in getting spider veins. I doubt vigorous exercise would be causing them and it's more likely a factor of age.
I go to the gym on a regular. I just started going back after a 2 week break. I do seated squats and leg extensions along with other machines. I have not found that they've made my veins any worse. It's really just on my left leg but the vein around my knee on that leg buldges out from time to time.... Like today it doesn't look so pretty . If I sit down with my legs raised it gives me comfort and takes away the swelling as long as they are raised.
I'm 38 in case anyone needed to know
Last edited by FromSqueaky; 05-10-2007 at 06:31 PM.
I know it has been 1 year since you posted this, but you did ask somebody to reply...
Veins have valves, the veins that are visible to you have weakened valves, so blood isn't pumped back to the lungs efficiently and it pools in the veins. Exercise/working out will NOT worsen your veins. For your healthy veins that still have functioning valves, muscle exercise helps them to pump your blood along, so the valves are less likely to become weak if you exercise your leg muscles regularly. For the veins that have weakened valves, there's nothing you can do to make them better, the valves are damaged for good. All you can do is have the veins removed, or live with it. (Exercise might help to decrease the amount of blood pooled, thus lessen symptoms or appearance)
Hope this helps.
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heather13 Good answer
Just adding a bit more info.
Venous pooling is due to expansion of the veins causing improper closing of the venous valves. Unfortunately age makes venous pooling more common due to loss in skin tone. Veins are normally surrounded by muscles (the exception being superficial veins as they arent). So the siperficial veins pop up. This isnt serious but yes exercise can temporarily reduce this as it promotes circulation (by increasing venous return). Just avoid standing in one place for too long.