This year I wanted to write about things that were more personal to me and I wanted to better my health. This post is about both of those things. If you don’t already know I am a respiratory therapist and work at a large hospital 3-4 days a week. Hospital days aren’t like normal 8-5 desk jobs days, we work 12.5 hour shifts and are on our feet all day.
I am constantly on my feet and bending over all day long. In the eight years that I have been doing this job I have suffered from neck and back pain, turned ankles, painful corns on my toes, and numerous other ailments that come with the job. Working at a hospital is not for the weak or faint of heart.
My latest malady, if you want to call it that, is varicose veins. Varicose veins are hereditary and I got them from my Grandmother. I have always had some form of spider veins, I started getting those in high school when I was super active in sports and they have just continued to get worse as I have gotten older.
I stared noticing the start of varicose veins few years ago on the outside of my knees but didn’t really thin much about it, I just figured it was something else I was going to have to deal with, but in the past year or so my legs have started hurting. And when I say hurting I mean it hurts to stand in one position for more than 5 minutes, my legs will literally start throbbing. It’s like a dull pain that never really goes away.
Around Christmas time I was cleaning my house in shorts, because Arkansas, and looked down and noticed these crazy varicose veins! I immediately made an appointment with a vein specialist at the hospital I work at.
I am only 33 years old. That doesn’t mean I want to have Grandma legs. I didn’t go to the doctor for vanity reasons, I went because my legs hurt. Not that I am trying to explain why am doing something about my legs, I am just telling you what I chose to do.
So I went to a vein specialist right before Christmas and got both legs ultra-sounded and found out that even though the outside looks bad the internal varicose veins are so much worse. Sigh…
My insurance is very conservative on treatments and instead of doing something drastic like surgery immediately my doctor wants me to wear compression socks for the next three months. If you are a runner then you know what I’m talking about, if not then compression socks are hose like socks that gradually compress your legs from the ankles up letting your legs get the circulation that they need. I had to get medical grade socks, 20-30 mmHg and I found these pretties on Amazon!
I wear them everyday and even though they are kind of uncomfortable at first, I can tell that they are helping. My legs feel so much better at the end of the day and I’m not so tired. I can’t tell that they have made any difference on the outer appearance of my legs but maybe they are helping with the internal ones??
I go back to the doctor in a few weeks and get ultrasounds done again. If there is no change then I get to have a little minor surgery/laser treatment to fix both the inner and outer varicose veins. I really just want to feel better and not have sore legs all the time. Anything that will make me feel better is a great solution in my book.
Do you have varicose veins??
If so, what did you do about them??