I'm a 45 year old woman, I weigh 90 pounds and the veins inside my left leg ache. What do you suggest?

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The Vein & Aesthetic Center of Boston

Published on Dec 17, 2017

I would suggest that you make an appointment with a local vein specialist. He/she will evaluate the veins in your left leg and make recommendations for further diagnostic testing and treatment. Most health insurances will require a patient to wear knee or thigh high compression hose for anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months before they will cover treatment of varicose veins. You might want to consider buying a pair of compression hose (at least 20-30 mmHg or Class 1). Wear them while you are waiting to get into for your evaluation.

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Answered by The Vein & Aesthetic Center of Boston

I would suggest that you make an appointment with a local vein specialist. He/she will evaluate the veins in your left leg and make recommendations for further diagnostic testing and treatment. Most health insurances will require a patient to wear knee or thigh high compression hose for anywhere from 6 weeks to 6 months before they will cover treatment of varicose veins. You might want to consider buying a pair of compression hose (at least 20-30 mmHg or Class 1). Wear them while you are waiting to get into for your evaluation.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Jafar Tay, MD

Published on Dec 15, 2017

I highly recommend a venous evaluation. A quick history and physical will start the process and then you will likely need an ultrasound.

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Answered by Jafar Tay, MD

I highly recommend a venous evaluation. A quick history and physical will start the process and then you will likely need an ultrasound.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Vein Specialties of St. Louis

Published on Dec 15, 2017

We recommend a consultation with a board certified surgeon who specializes in treating varicose veins. This will include an ultrasound examination to assess blood flow in the veins. If there is back flow in the veins (reflux) he/she can offer minimally invasive laser procedures to relieve this discomfort.

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Answered by Vein Specialties of St. Louis

We recommend a consultation with a board certified surgeon who specializes in treating varicose veins. This will include an ultrasound examination to assess blood flow in the veins. If there is back flow in the veins (reflux) he/she can offer minimally invasive laser procedures to relieve this discomfort.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Metro Vein Centers

Published on Dec 13, 2017

I would recommend being seen by a vein specialist and having an ultrasound performed.

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Answered by Metro Vein Centers

I would recommend being seen by a vein specialist and having an ultrasound performed.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


More About Doctor Laser Vein Center

Published on Dec 13, 2017

I recommend you consult with an experienced vein specialist about your left leg and have a standing venous Doppler exam. Venous Doppler exams that are performed laying down are not very good at detecting venous reflux. After a proper evaluation the best treatment options can be decided on. Wishing you the best of health.

Answered by Laser Vein Center (View Profile)

I recommend you consult with an experienced vein specialist about your left leg and have a standing venous Doppler exam. Venous Doppler exams that are performed laying down are not very good at detecting venous reflux. After a proper evaluation the best treatment options can be decided on. Wishing you the best of health.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Vanish Vein and Laser Center

Published on Dec 13, 2017

Veins can appear very prominent in thin individuals. See a vein specialist for a full venous evaluation including a venous ultrasound to see if the veins are contributing to your symptoms.

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Answered by Vanish Vein and Laser Center

Veins can appear very prominent in thin individuals. See a vein specialist for a full venous evaluation including a venous ultrasound to see if the veins are contributing to your symptoms.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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