For many people who have been trying to “live with” their varicose veins without having them treated, at first the idea that their veins could affect their jobs and careers often just doesn’t compute. Instead, as Hawaii vein specialists, we often hear them say things like, “Sure, my varicose veins have affected the way I dress, and they affect my sense of self-worth and self-esteem every time I look in the mirror, but how could they be affecting my JOB? I just don’t get the connection.”
Varicose veins are only the surface symptoms of a very real disease
Sure, they’re unattractive, and that can affect you psychologically, but it’s important to remember that varicose veins are just the symptoms of a deeper circulatory problem, one that affects more areas of your life. Most varicose veins are the result of a vein disease called chronic venous insufficiency (CVI), which causes not only the swelling and discoloration you see on the surface of the skin, but a general impairment of the circulatory system.
Untreated CVI results in swollen legs and ankles that can very quickly become so painful that it becomes difficult to stand or walk for more than a few minutes. So if your job requires you to stand or move around a lot, naturally your ability to do your job is going to be impacted by your varicose veins. CVI can also cause frequent leg cramps and chronic feelings of weakness or tiredness – especially in your legs, but also as a kind of general fatigue. In some people, this fatigue can become so pronounced that it starts to affect their job attendance because they simply don’t have the energy to work.
Impaired circulation results in an impaired immune system
Lack of energy is not the only side effect of varicose veins that can affect your work attendance. The same CVI that is impairing your circulation also depresses and impairs your immune system, and puts you at risk of other, more serious conditions. Untreated varicose veins make you more likely to become obese, and to develop diabetes, stroke, and heart disease. It’s difficult to do your job properly if you’re fighting any of these diseases.
So how can I keep my varicose veins from affecting my health and my job?
If you have varicose veins and haven’t sought Maui vein treatment yet, your first step should probably be to read some of the informative articles we’ve provided on our Vein Clinics of Hawaii website. In these articles, we discuss the minimally-invasive treatments we provide, and how fast, effectively, and painlessly they can eliminate varicose veins permanently. Then just give our vein treatment center in Hawaii a call, and we’ll set up an appointment for an initial consultation in which we can explain the treatment options that would be best for you. The sooner you call, the sooner we can get rid of your varicose veins.