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Old 08-20-2007, 04:48 PM   #1
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Question Bulging varicose veins in my legs...Help!!!

These veins are so close to the surface that they easily rupture or that I tend to nick them when shaving. They shoot out blood like a geyser! I also have venous insufficiency and when a vein ruptures under the skin the tissue on top of it dies and causes a nasty, hard to heal ulcer. After the bruising heals the skin is an ugly mottled brown color. Can anything be done to help these issues?
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Re: Bulging varicose veins in my legs...Help!!!

do you have diabetes?what is the actual cause for your insufficiency or do you not actually know?seeing a vascular surgeon or interventional radiologist would probably be your best bets.you can be referred by just talking with your doc.if you do not know just what is actually causing this,you really do need to find out the cause.that in itself could help alot.i have a vasomotor malfunction in my legs due to spinal cord injury so i can relate to that part.i do have some rather ugly veins to look at but thankfully they have not popped out as badly as yours have.i would imagine that that will be coming soon.you can have the more prominant ones sclerosed so they are kind of "taken out" of the circulation,but it depends on which particular vein the problems are stemming from too.i really do think that seeing a vascular surgeon for a consult on options would really be your best bet at this point.have you had a doppler ultrasound to check for actual blood flow and any possible clot formations or plaques that could be forming?this should be done from time to time just to keep tabs on things in there.venous insufficiancy just creates a much higher risk of blood clots or DVT.are you taking any type of blood thinners like even a baby aspirin a day?that can help some with blood flow if your clotting times are too quick.just some thoughts for you.FB
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Old 08-21-2007, 10:20 AM   #3
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Re: Bulging varicose veins in my legs...Help!!!

I don't have diabetes but I do have systemic lupus and a hereditary predisposition for varicose veins. My job requires constant standing with minimal mobility, but it is a great job with better than decent pay and benefits so I can't afford to give it up.

I don't take any blood thinners. If I get injured I bleed "like a stuck pig", so I doubt that I need them. I am under a physician's care for the lupus and have regular blood chemistry screenings. My platelet count is normal, however I tend to bruise spontaneously or with the slightest bit of pressure. A muscle spasm in my bicep several weeks ago left a bruise that became darker and darker over the next week and by the time it reached it's peak it was the color of a ripe deep purple plum.

So, you see, the problem isn't only my legs, but they tend to be the most vulnerable due to the bulging surface veins and the insufficiency. (The bulging veins aren't the huge ropey ones like I've seen on some people. They are no bigger than a pencil eraser but the skin is so thin on top of them that the tiniest scratch can open them up.)
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