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What are symptoms of varicose and spider veins?

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Many people with varicose veins complain of pain, described as an aching or cramping in the legs.

Other common symptoms include:

Less common symptoms include:

Women's symptoms may be worse during certain parts of the menstrual cycle or during pregnancy.

  • Tiredness
  • Restlessness
  • Burning
  • Throbbing
  • Tingling
  • Heaviness in the legs
  • Swelling
  • Ulcers
  • Darkening of the skin, especially around the ankles.

From: Varicose Veins and Spider Veins WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Explore Varicose Veins."

WomensHealth.gov: "Varicose Veins and Spider Veins."

Society of Interventional Radiology: "Varicose Veins and Venous Insufficiency."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on September 17, 2016

SOURCES:

National Heart Lung and Blood Institute: "Explore Varicose Veins."

WomensHealth.gov: "Varicose Veins and Spider Veins."

Society of Interventional Radiology: "Varicose Veins and Venous Insufficiency."

Reviewed by Carol DerSarkissian on September 17, 2016

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