Pickle juice or bananas? Which do you use for your leg cramps?
These remedies for cramping and aches in the legs are commonly used. While most of us typically dismiss leg cramps as a necessary evil from being overweight, spending a long day in the garden weeding or “overdoing it” or merely a nuisance, this is a treatable medical condition that should not be overlooked. Chronic Venous Insufficiency, or CVI, is a great masquerader.
CVI is prevalent and often overlooked. CVI classically presents itself as tired, achy and heavy legs that may itch, burn or even tender to the touch. Often night cramping and uncontrollable movements in the legs in at rest can be exhausting. What most people are not aware of is that these symptoms are commonly misdiagnosed as “Restless Leg Syndrome”, “Peripheral Neuropathy”, or “Sciatica”.
I constantly hear from patients that they are told their symptoms are part of the normal aging process and that there is little that can be done to help them. Fortunately, the signs of CVI are easily recognizable. Just by looking at your legs, you may easily see swelling and redness, darkening of the skin near the calf or ankle, blue and/or red lines of varying lengths that seem to increase over time (“spider veins”), non-healing wounds, or the obvious bulging of the blood vessel (“varicose vein”) itself.
So what can be done to help your legs feel and look better? We start with a lower extremity diagnostic ultrasound. This ultrasound is more comprehensive than the ultrasound typically ordered by your doctor to rule out deep vein thrombosis (DVT). This study, not only assesses the deep veins but the superficial veins as well. These shallower veins are predominantly responsible for both the visible skin changes, as well as, the chronic discomfort experienced on a daily basis.
You will meet with one of Vascular Surgeons to discuss treatment upon completion of the diagnostic ultrasound. Treatment is done in the comfort of our offices. The treatments are simple, quick and minimally invasive.
Fortunately, Medicare, Medicaid, and most commercial insurance companies, cover the costs to treat Chronic Venous Insufficiency. If you suffer from tired, achy, swollen, heavy, crampy legs that can be restless, Premier Vein & Vascular Pavilion can help!
Contact Premier Vein Institute to schedule your FREE CONSULTATION. We have four convenient locations to serve you: St. Petersburg, Tampa, Lakeland, and Riverview.