August 11, 2022

What to Do When Experiencing Painful Veins

Pain anywhere on the body is uncomfortable and being uncomfortable is never a fun time. Pain in relation to the veins is usually due to a condition called ‘varicose’. Typically, this occurs in the lower legs and appears more in woman than it does men.

Common symptoms can include throbbing and inflammation. They can definitely become painful, but thankfully they aren’t usually life-threatening. There are a few ways that one is able to reduce this kind of pain and be able to continue with little to no discomfort.

Go and See a Doctor – Do Not Ignore them!

It’s really easy to get caught up in a day to day life. A lot of people can become tolerant to the pain and therefore forget about or simply neglect the issue. This is really not a good idea. The best thing to do when experiencing pain is to go and get them checked out straight away!

It may seem insignificant and manageable at first, but over time the pain may grow worse and could potentially lead to more serious health issues that could ultimately be prevented. It’s sometimes difficult to find time within a busy schedule but when it is a matter of health, it is always better to go and get them looked at by a professional so that they aren’t causing ongoing trauma.

The doctor will examine the affected area and diagnose the cause of it. There are a number of reasons as to why someone could be experiencing pain, including:

  • Regularly standing for extended periods of time
  • Pregnancy
  • Menopause or older age
  • Obesity
  • Genetics and family history

By identifying the cause, it is easier to know what to do to and how to stop the pain. Doctors will more likely than recommend lifestyle changes rather than going to extreme measures, such as surgery or medications. The lifestyle changes that a doctor will advise are as follows:

Get in Some Regular Exercise

Sometimes the cause of the pain is due to obesity and sometimes it’s not. Either way, it’s always a good idea to get some regular exercise, though nothing too intense as this may make things worse. Light, but regular exercise will improve blood circulation through the body allowing. Not only that, regular exercise is always a way to stay healthy, fit and feeling at their prime.

Elevating the Affected Area

As mentioned previously, painful veins usually occur in the lower legs. Similar to exercising, regularly elevating the legs when sleeping or resting allows blood to flow easier through the body, to the heart. Repetitive elevation over time can help to relieve the pain. Elevating the legs is also just a nice way to thoroughly enjoy relaxing!

Try Not to Stand for so Long

When working in a demanding environment, it can be difficult to find time to sit down and relax. However, sitting and resting whenever the opportunity arises is important! Since blood can only flow one way, standing too long prevents proper blood flow and can put serious stress on the body. This results in inflammation and throbbing that is the reason for it being painful.

Use Compression Stockings

Compression stockings work by applying the correct pressure to the right area so that blood can flow properly to and from the heart. Using them can also reduce swelling and cover the appearance of the veins which some people prefer. These stockings can be found in most drugstores or medical supply stores. Alternatively, they are also available online.

Although compression stockings are highly recommended, wearing tight clothing when experiencing pain is not. The difference between the two is that the stockings provide concentrated pressure and are made specifically to aid in reducing pain. As good as it probably looks, try to avoid wearing tight clothing around the area.


As The Melbourne Vein Institute describes, If all else fails and they are still causing excessive amounts of discomfort, surgery may be the only option left. The procedure is referred to as ‘stripping’ or ‘ligation’ and requires anesthetic. The operating surgeon will make cuts in the skin and the vein, removing it from the area. It is common and very safe!

For a lot of people that are experiencing painful veins, it is more a matter of the unsightly appearance than it is the actual pain or detrimental health issues. There are, however, some cases that can become more problematic if left untreated. As always, it is better to be safe than sorry.

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