Question: What treatment options are available for my CVI? I can't sit or stand in one place and I have heavy, aching legs all of the time.
I started to have achy, heavy leg feelings about a month after I sprained my right ankle and scratched my left knee last April. I was diagnosed with CVI (reflux on GSV and other veins ) through ultrasound several months later. I have no visible sign on my legs (no swelling, no varicose vein), but the heavy and achy legs torture me all the time. I can’t sit nor stand in one place. Elevation instantly relieves my symptoms. Any light at end of the tunnel? I wear compression stockings religiously.
Answer: If you are looking for additional conservative therapies, Vasculera and Horse Chesnut are homeopathic options to help with your daily symptoms. Ultimately, to eliminate your daily symptoms, you will need to chose a method to close the incompetent veins. There are several options: the most common is thermal ablation (EVLT or EVLA). A newer option is VenaSeal (an adhesive closure) or ClariVein (mechanochemical closure). All of these options are completed with needle puncture access. Older techniques include vein stripping or ligation.
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