Besides the cosmetic stigmata, patients afflicted with venous insufficiency will often complain of aching or heaviness in the legs. There is often a feeling of swelling, tension, restless legs or cramps. Some people with varicose veins get itching and a feeling of heat and tenderness over their veins. Symptoms are often accentuated after prolonged standing or sitting. They tend to be worse in hot weather or at the end of the day. Typically patients experience some relief by putting their feet up, walking in the cold or wearing compression stockings. Many women find symptoms are more pronounced during their periods and during pregnancy.
A list of common symptoms patients report in the legs include:
- Restless legs
- Swollen legs
Sometimes symptoms from varicose veins can be non-specific and it may be difficult to correlate the symptoms with the severity of the disease. Small 1 mm. dilated spider veins can cause significant discomfort, whereas larger varicose veins may be painless.