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I have developed them just on one leg since being pg with my dc3
they hurt like hell and look fucking horrible, and get me down, can't bear to look at my legs anymore MW says the nhs don't treat them anymore, but I looked on the nhs choices website and it says if they are causing pain (which mine are) then they will remove them :S
so thought I would ask on here
fingers crossed for positive stories as I am only 34 ffs and otherwise fit and healthy and my legs are really nice apart from these, so I hope I can get them sorted if they don't go away
According to DH , the NHS do treat, but surgical procedures have changed. It is non-invasive now and you can go home the same day usually. If it is a cosmetic procedure then the NHS wont do it,not in our area anyway. You are in pain, so I would see a GP.
You're not still pregnant are you? I had a very bad leg with dc3 as well and looked into treatment. I have a friend who works in the NHS who advised me not to get treatment, but they improved once dc3 arrived.
yes I am still pregnant, got just over 3 weeks left seems a lifetime lol
thanks for all the advice so far, I might have to go gp but mine are beyond useless so I am worried I will just be fobbed off. hopefully they go away after the babys born but I just have a feeling they won't as they really are bad I cant see how they can just disappear, although obvs I hope they will!
I still have a big purple bulge but it's not painful anymore and has isn't as swollen. I can't remember exactly but it went down pretty much straight away. I was in support stockings and could barely bend my knee, which wasn't helpful as I had a toddler and a preschooler to deal with at the time!
I had mine stripped the old fashioned way 4 years ago with a very short wait. I had had them from 19 and they were worsened over 2 pregnancies. Mine were assessed to be disfunctional from the groin down as well as painful and hideous though, I think the fear is that of your circulation remains that bad for long enough you'll end up with leg ulcers so definitely considered to be worth doing I think. I thought my family was complete but a surprise 3rd pregnancy did not bring them back ( that might be unusual) .
I had varicose veins on my left leg and had them removed under a ga a couple of years ago. It was very straightforward, a bit sore for about a week after and it took about a year for the incision scars to fade but look good now and you'd never know i had surgery.
They may well go away so definitely no treatment during pregnancy other than support tights. It's amazing how much they shrink once the blood volume and the hormones fall after pregnancy. Fingers crossed. If they are causing a lot of pain you may well get help though. Even on the NHS.
I have small ones on both legs. My gp told me they don't treat them on the NHS anymore. However, I'm a student nurse and on my day surgery placement I watched the treatment. It's called an EVLT. It is done under general anaesthetic but is a day case. So they do treat it. Just don't tell you they do lol.