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My legs are horrific feeling very down :(

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IcedCoffeeQueen Fri 12-Jul-13 14:02:46

Roughly 2 years ago the vein on my inner thigh started to bulge out within a few months the length of the vein increased and I can now see the whole vein running from knee up the inner thigh to my groin, also I can see under the skin not yet bulging blue veins branching off this vein up my knee and down my leg, the veins bulge around my ankles and my foot. On the other leg I have dark blue veins not bulging but dark circles behind my knee and extending up my thigh, today I came out the shower and just cried im so hot and stuck in jeans even in this heat wave. The dc's want to go swimming but I cant bear to take them, dh has offered to book a holiday to Spain for 2014 but how can I go abroad and not be able to wear skirts, dresses, shorts its really getting me down and im only in my mid 20's I feel like the only person in the world like this. To make matters worse the veins on my arms and hands bulge too at the slightest hint of warmth what is happening to me sad

suntodayplease Mon 15-Jul-13 15:27:37

Thank you so much for the info Scrambled, glad to hear your mums leg are looking good 10yrs later! Gives me a lot of hope as my mum had hers stripped on the NHS circa 10yrs ago but sadly they have returned. I'm going to have to wait till next year I suspect (currently pg which is no doubt making mine worse) but its useful to start researching now into procedures and costs - worth saving up for imo. Thanks again

ScrambledSmegs Mon 15-Jul-13 14:51:30

My Dad got back to me. Was not cheap - dammit. Apparently they had to save up for it. About £1750 per leg nearly a decade ago. Sorry. However it was very good and my mum's legs look v good still.

This is the doctor who pioneered the treatment, it's called Varisolve or PEM these days. Has EU approval.

Quote from dad - Mum is squeamish as you probably know but had no problems with the treatment. I actually watched as they carried out a series of small pricks of local anaesthetic around the leg area. Then they injected the PEM foam into the affected veins and you could see the blood being forced out of the vein with the vein appearing to close up afterwards. That was it. They insisted she wore all the time a pair of thickish surgical stockings for ten days afterwards and that was that. She visited Museums in Madrid in the afternoon and was not uncomfortable at all. She visited second time some five or six weeks later for some finishing treatment and that was that. The second time she flew back the same day. She was very happy with the treatment and and remains happy with the results.

ScrambledSmegs Mon 15-Jul-13 13:52:03

My mum had varicose veins that she was very self-conscious about, although to be honest no-one else really noticed them besides her. However it clearly upset her so my dad did a load of research on treatments.

It ended up with her going to Spain to have this new kind of therapy (injections i think) which was non-invasive and took very little time. Her legs look great now, no obvious protuberant viens and she's very happy.

I just texted him to ask him the name of the treatment and the place it was done. It is private but afaik not extortionate. I recall mum flew easyjet there and back in one day, so hardly posh!

valiumredhead Mon 15-Jul-13 13:33:59

Good post!

spacegoat Mon 15-Jul-13 13:14:09

I have really bad legs too. One slight dark vein, not to bad.... BUT awful thread veins everywhere. I've been to my GP who referred me to a Consultant, who explained no treatment on the NHS. So I went private. Got some patches lasered but lots of places are to large to do that. I was told that there is a treatment they can use but it will only be a temporary fix, and could make it worse. So I've been in tears and throughly fed up.

However, today I'm wearing a knee length tea dress, veins on show. Fuck it. My legs look better with a bit of a tan, I look less sweaty, and no one points and stares I promise you.

Yes my legs are annoyingly crap looking, yes I can get self conscious. But they work and for that I'm grateful. So please go swimming if you want (your legs will be in the water!). Wear what you want (maxi dresses are my best friend). And realise you're not alone! I bet loads of ladies are covering up veiny legs. Good luck.

ShoeWhore Mon 15-Jul-13 12:49:31

First off OP I'm so sorry to hear that your legs are getting you down so much. I agree with everyone else that it's worth a trip to the GP, as even if the NHS won't/can't do anything it sounds like you could do with getting this checked out for your own peace of mind.

I also agree with everyone else that other people simply won't pay much attention. But I also think you have other options to skinny jeans - there are loads maxi skirts and dresses in the shops atm, or at least skinny chinos are a bit lighter than denim! And despite the mn ban most women I know own at least one pair of linen trousers grin

Yesterday I was wearing a knee length tea dress - would that be an option? People really really don't look at other people's calves all that much and it feels much more covered up than shorts. I'm not a huge fan of getting my legs out either - they are deathly pale and not very toned either - but what the hell, it's hot! (I wore shorts on Sat, which are not a great look on me tbh but no one seemed to faint in horror grin )

badguider Mon 15-Jul-13 12:47:10

look into having something done about them by all means but in the meantime go swimming and book the holiday - nobody will be looking at your legs at the pool (and particularly not your inner leg).. and for going out and about get some knee length or longer skirts and dresses and get out of your jeans - being overheated will make it look worse and make you feel FAR worse.

suntodayplease Mon 15-Jul-13 12:42:16

Sorry to gate crash thread, has anyone had their veins treated by laser? I'm hoping to have this fine next year so would be grateful of any experiences.

Valium - 4k for both legs, is that a pretty standard cost or a specific cost for your DH?

OP I understand your misery, esp in this heat. I've been living in maxi dresses and skirts, and only shorter things in the privacy of my garden. I hope you find something that works for you.

gindrinker Mon 15-Jul-13 12:41:43

Go swimming, you'll be in the pool 90% of the time.

I couldn't tell you anything about anyone I saw on the train this morning. I'm too wrapped up in my own little world to notice what people look like...what they're wearing, if they're tanned or have veins or have purple hair and are going to work in a bikini.

Honestly you're 1000 times more conscious of anything because you examine your body. I'm sure your DH hasn't noticed your veins, or if he has he won't have given them a second thought.

IcedCoffeeQueen Mon 15-Jul-13 12:14:31

Just tried sally Hansen legs didn't cover anything just looked orange and veiny and £10 down finished crying now I was hopefull for it to work as the behind leg veins are not bulging but too dark blue obviously :'(

valiumredhead Mon 15-Jul-13 09:36:57

My Dh was told the nhs only do veins in emergencies now, such as phlebitis. He's had then since he was 14, it's hereditary, and seen the gp many times. The veins are bleeding under the skin and he was just given cream. Looked into getting it done privately but we can't stretch to 4k for both legs.

defineme Sun 14-Jul-13 08:11:36

As everyone else has said, go to gp. In the mean time in this heatwave I have not shown my legs as I'm plain fat, but I've wafted about feeling cool in lovely maxi skirts from primark and dresses too. As for swimming -lots of the women where I was in Spain last year were wearing those surf swim shorts things with bikini tops.

I would go to gps though and go soon so they see them in the heat when it's worse.

Dollydowser Sun 14-Jul-13 08:07:03

Vitamin C is essential for strengthening thing blood vessels, try increasing your fruit and veg intake and maybe take a supplement. Also the bioflavonoids, such as rutin, the main food source of rutin is buckwheat, which comes as a grain a bit like quinoa, or flakes which you can add to porridge and muesli, and also flour.

MrsMcGregor Sat 13-Jul-13 22:24:38

I, too, feel your pain. I've awful veins on both legs - from thigh right down. They bulge and if I wear something tight and it's hot, I can see the bulge. However, the hot weather is getting the better of me and I've ordered a pair of shorts and some sundresses to try - just to wear around home though!!

The Sally Hansen stuff - does it wash off or will an application last a few days? Might get some to tone down the whiteness!!

IcedCoffeeQueen Sat 13-Jul-13 22:04:47

Thanks everyone, today was indeed a very hot day but I had to make it through in skinny jeans! ive not tried a real fake tan but the gradual tanners don't help ive just ordered the sally Hansen leg stuff and remaining hopeful. Ive never mentioned it to my gp as I didn't think anything would be done on the NHS, I worry that there is a health reason for my veins as nearly all the veins on my legs bulge a little in the heat and in my arms, hands, feet, chest too they are actually palpable ive googled a lot but I cant see any possible reason for it it only started happening over the last few years too sad

minibmw2010 Sat 13-Jul-13 21:23:55

First please go to your GP. Second, maxi dresses are your friend!

Shellywelly1973 Sat 13-Jul-13 18:18:58

Ive got psoriasis, veins, stretch marks& really badly shaped legs. Im only size 8 but I've got trunks for legs. I wear jeans all year round, today is so hot but i don't actually own a skirt or dress! I thought i was the only one who never gets their legs out...

Inthebeginning Sat 13-Jul-13 10:10:08

Just wanted to say, I don't have varicus veins but I do have stretch marks all over my calves that I've had since I was 14. I used to hide my legs all the time til I went on holiday abroad and there were women of all shapes and sizes in all types of clothes and I thought "sod it!" I feel lots better now, I wear dresses, shorts etc.

I do think others are right about you going to drs. And also about the fake tan.

I hope you're ok.

justgivemeareason Sat 13-Jul-13 09:43:46

Yes that Sally Hansen make-up for legs stuff is really good and hides my patches of thread veins.

Ashoething Sat 13-Jul-13 08:28:22

I have terrible varicose veins on my legs.One really bad one that looks like a huge bruise and loads small blue ones. I usually live in tights or hold-ups.

Its been far too hot this week though so I just thought fuck it and put the sally Hansen airbrush legs stuff on. You can still see my veins but not as badly.And you know what? no one pointed or laughed!

Please don't miss out on doing things with your kids due to your legs-I promise you that no one else will notice!

Littlepumpkinpie Fri 12-Jul-13 23:46:32

Mine are horrid and I am saving to have them done private. My GP said I cannot have them done on the NHS even though they can be very painful and itchy.

AmandaPandtheTantrumofDoom Fri 12-Jul-13 22:48:46

Go to your GP.

But on the 'style and beauty' aspect. Just go swimming. Other people notice less than you realise. If you feel better, wear a long towel round your waist to the edge of the pool. Life is for living. Please don't be held back from enjoying you kids and your holiday by a vein. It's only blood!

thistooshallpasswontit Fri 12-Jul-13 22:45:50

I feel your pain op. I went to my gp about mine last year because they are so bad (ugly, painful, itchy, hot to touch and they really bulge in my left leg). Even my mw told me I must get them sorted out. My gp agreed mine are bad but said they aren't treated via the nhs anymoresad I am living in long skirts and dresses this summer and hoping to get them done privately but it is £££

ameliameerkat Fri 12-Jul-13 22:33:14

I had my varicose veins stripped last year at the age of 32 and this summer I'm in shorts and knee lengths skirts! grin

Just a word of caution about going to to your GP. I think depending on your NHS area, you can't get varicose veins treated for 'cosmetic' reasons (this includes being seriously down about how they look, they hurt when you stand up, affect your life mentally and physically). It took an inflamed vein with a blood clot (not a scary kind one) in it for me to get on the waiting list to get them operated on. So glad I did though! There was a few days of pain after the operation (mine were too bad to be lasered, so had to be stripped) and I still don't have marvellous legs (some blue veins) but I'm so much happier with them now.

ouryve Fri 12-Jul-13 19:57:20

And f you have dark patches, then they're probably thread veins and they are a sign of varicose veins. Do get them seen to, if they're making you so miserable.

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