Many people, seeing the title of this article, might react by thinking, “Huh? Varicose veins are a physical problem, right? How could they affect the way I behave?” Well, these are good questions, and in this article we’ll try to answer them. In addition, if you have varicose veins yourself and you’ve been putting off having them treated and are trying to “live with them” instead, in this article our Hawaii vein specialists might also be able to provide some explanations for why you’ve been acting the way you do.
How can varicose veins cause behavioral problems?
The most obvious reason that varicose veins can influence behavior is cosmetic – they are unattractive. To be honest, they’re downright ugly. The first time you look into a mirror and see your legs covered with swollen, ropy, bluish-colored veins, your most natural reaction is probably to reach into your closet for your long pants or dark stockings to cover your legs up before you go out in public.
That’s a behavioral change. But it’s just the first. The next behavioral changes probably appear when your friends and family invite you to play tennis with them or go with them to the beach, and you realize that to do this you’d have to show your legs. So what do you do? Do you go anyway, or do you make up an excuse and stay home? Well, if you’re like most people, you stay home. Over time, this syndrome of trying to avoid any situation that forces you to reveal your legs can lead to isolation and even depression.
Many of our patients have even told us that the unattractiveness of their varicose veins has affected their relationships and their love lives. And again, this is understandable, because who really feels sexy and like being intimate with their lover when their legs are covered with ugly varicose veins? As experienced varicose vein treatment specialists in Honolulu, we have actually met patients who’ve told us that they haven’t let their partners see their legs in months.
It’s not just that varicose veins are ugly – they sap your strength and energy
Most varicose veins are caused by a vein disease called chronic venous insufficiency, or CVI. This condition interferes with your normal circulation and keeps blood from being pumped efficiently back to your heart. Instead, it pools in your veins and causes the veins to become swollen. It also causes other symptoms, such as chronically swollen legs and ankles and feelings of weakness, tiredness, and exhaustion. Naturally, over time you’re going to react to these symptoms as well, and start making excuses to avoid doing anything that your legs feel too tired to do…which, over time, becomes almost everything.
In fact, it’s not unusual for people with varicose veins to become seriously inactive, and become so averse to exercise of any kind – even walking – that they increase their risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and obesity. At the same time, the combination of their poor circulation and chronic inactivity makes them feel tired mentally all the time – unable to concentrate and forgetful.
So what can you do about this?
The first piece of information you need is that varicose veins are not something you have to “live with.” They can be easily and safely removed – without surgery, without having to go to a hospital, without pain, and without long recovery periods. You can, in fact, have your varicose veins eliminated in a vein treatment center in Hawaii on your lunch hour. The minimally-invasive procedures we use at Vein Clinics of Hawaii are really that painless and that effective. So if you have varicose veins and are tired of them affecting your behavior, take the first step towards getting rid of them forever today. Pick up your phone and call one of the best Maui vein treatment centers and set up an appointment.