Painful Varicose Veins Behind Knee

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Varicose veins are the result of damage to the vents that help prevent backflow in blood vessels. These occur most commonly in the legs, where gravity, weight and the strain from walking or prolonged standing can contribute to deformities in the vein valves.

Once these valves are damaged, they cannot prevent the backflow of blood, and in turn cause unnaturally enlarged or inflamed veins. They are often identified by swollen vessels at the affected area, along with itching, redness or scar-like patches. These are most prominently seen in women, commonly appearing as visible bulges on the back parts of their legs.

The condition is unwanted for a variety of reasons. The principal cause for concern for many is the look of these unsightly and unattractive veins on the legs. They also cause discomfort, such as pain, heaviness and difficulty walking or standing for long periods of time. Left unattended, as blood and body fluids are not efficiently transported or circulated through the legs' ulcers, acute fat necrosis and other complications may arise.

There are several non-invasive treatments for varicose veins. They include wearing stockings to improve circulation, and exercise in order to strengthen blood vessels and deal with inflammation. Surgery is also a known remedy, as doctors can try to eliminate the damage directly. Other known methods to treat them include removing part of the vein's main trunk, also known as stripping, and elevating the affected leg to allow easier travel up the vein.

There are also medicinal treatments for varicose veins. The most effective ones are meant to target the vessels directly, to help improve circulation and ease pressure off the venous valves, and are often organic in nature for maximum safety and effectiveness.

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Frequently Asked Questions

  1. QUESTION:
    Painful Varicose Veins?
    My husband has a horribly big varicose vein behind his knee. He has been complaining of really bad pain in that area. He is a tough guys so I know it must be bad for him to complain about it. Sometimes it is so painful he can barely walk. I am trying to get him to the doc but he is stubborn. Anyone heard or seen anything like this before? If he reads this maybe he will go.

    • ANSWER:
      Insist he go to the doctor!!! He could have peripheral vascular disease or thrombophlebitis. He could have a blood clot that could break free and travel to his lungs, killing him! Better safe than sorry! Go to the doctor and ask that they order a venous doppler of his leg!!!!!!!!

  2. QUESTION:
    Ruptured varicose vein behind knee PHOTO?
    I don't know if it is def a varicose vein that ruptured or not. When I was pregnant, I had a fairly large and noticeable varicose vein in the back of my left leg. From where the bruise is, it made me guess that maybe the varicose vein ruptured?

    About a week ago, I noticed that it was really painful behind me knee... my husband noticed that it was swollen and red... a little bruised. Now a week later... this is what it looks like...

    http://i27.photobucket.com/albums/c172/mtbtrichick/DSC_0560.jpg

    Anything to worry about or will it just go away soon? Thanks!
    I had my daughter 8 months ago, btw.

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  3. QUESTION:
    My calf muscle feels tight and aches' please help....?
    I am 30 yr old female and my back of leg. If I walk around to much behind my knee starts to ache, and then my calf muscle starts to feel really tight. It kinda feels like pressure, it's not pain but it ache's. My vein's in my legs look a little worse on my calf on that one leg but no bumps or like varicose veins (my brother has Really bad varicose veins) It has been happening for a few weeks. I do have Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and that is a connective tissue disorder (loose joints and hyper-extensive) and get a lot of muscle knots (usually in my back and neck). Oh and AC and standing really make it flair up. I doint know if I should make a appt. cause it isn't painful it just ache's alot.
    Thank you for any info....

    • ANSWER:
      I would see a doctor. You might have a deep vein thrombosis. That can be serious if untreated, and is easily treated.

      I wish you the best. See a doc.

  4. QUESTION:
    Leg Pain While Standing?
    I am a 21 year old female and I recently started working at a packaging plant 2nd shift. Its 10 hours a day for 4 days. Recently I have started experiencing severe leg pain right behind the knees, reaching up to my thighs, back and lower calves. Its painful to stretch them and I limp for awhile after sitting during breaks. I wear tennis shoes, ones that I was told were good for long periods of standing. For a few weeks I thought maybe it was the shoes, or that I wasn't used to standing that long but this weekend while at a Horse Show with some family I noticed it again and the whole weekend I wore either my Vans (skater shoes) or my sandals which are Earth Spirit and very comfy. Tonight (as I type) its almost like a charlie horse but more sharp. I did notice some varicose veins on my right leg but very faint. I sprained my back last year but I don't think that matters to my knees. My girlfriend says that maybe I should take some Gluclosomine tablets but I don't know...has anybody else had anything like this?

    • ANSWER:
      Lumbar disc problem. The pain will go down your leg because it is pushing on the nerve. The lower the pain goes on your leg, the worse the problem is getting. I had herniated discs that eventually ruptured. If the pain is primarily on your left side, it is called sciatica. Even after back surgery, I cannot stand for a long period of time and try not to walk, I ride a bike instead, makes my lower back feel so much better. Don't lift anything until this is checked because it will only make it worse. Sometimes it can take along time for things to come to a head. See a doctor. Tell him/her how long this has been going on. If it happened at work, tell your doctor before you report it to them.