Occasional leg pain – caused by overexertion or injury – is common, and usually goes away within a few days. But if you experience pain in your legs often, accompanied by feelings of reduced leg strength and weakness, the cause can be something more serious. It can be the result of vein disease, and a clear sign that it’s time to check in with an Oahu varicose vein doctor.
What Hawaii residents should do to get relief from their leg pain
Your first step in dealing with chronic leg pain should be to find out what is causing it. This is important, because a couple of rare but possible causes of chronic leg pain are kidney failure and congestive heart failure – you want to rule these possibilities out as soon as possible. Fortunately, all that it takes to rule out these conditions and find out what the more likely cause of your leg pain is, is to schedule a venous health screening. These checkups take only about an hour, and they’re painless and non-invasive, but they allow your Hawaii vein specialist to determine what the cause of your pain is, and how it should be treated.
It’s even more important to schedule a screening like this if your leg pain is accompanied by possible symptoms of vein disease, such as varicose veins, spider veins, or chronically swollen legs and ankles. These could all be signs of a vein disease called chronic venous insufficiency, or CVI. If you detect this condition early, it can often be treated conservatively with diet, exercise, lifestyle changes, and the use of compression stockings to improve circulation. If you have waited too long to get a screening, and the CVI has turned into full-blown varicose veins, it can still be treated, but it may require the removal of the diseased veins via minimally-invasive procedures such as sclerotherapy or endovenous laser therapy (EVLT).
Another reason to get a screening is that your pain may be caused by DVT
Your leg pain may be caused by a more serious vein disease called deep vein thrombosis, or DVT. That’s a condition that causes blood clots (thrombi) to form in the deep veins of your legs. If these clots are not removed, they can break loose and travel through your veins to your lungs (where they can cause a pulmonary embolism) or to your brain (where they can cause a stroke). Over 300,000 Americans a year die of these related side effects of DVT.
So what should I do next?
Simple – pick up your telephone and call one of the best Maui vein treatment centers and set up an appointment for your venous health screening. Dr. Randall S. Juleff can help you determine what’s causing your leg pain, and he can help you eliminate it.