I have 2 varicose veins and keep feeling a pinching/constant ache, could this be the sign of a blood clot?

I am pregnant with my fourth child and have 2 varicose veins on my right lower pelvic. I keep feeling a pinch and constant ache. Could this be the sign of a blood clot?

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Vein Specialties of St. Louis

Published on Jan 04, 2019

If this is in your groin area or vulva, it is considered a vulvar varicose vein. They can get inflamed during pregnancy. We usually recommend a Fembrace or V2 brace to apply some pressure and give you relief. If it were clotted, it can become hard, red and very painful. After pregnancy and nursing, these can be injected if they are still uncomfortable.

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Answered by Vein Specialties of St. Louis

If this is in your groin area or vulva, it is considered a vulvar varicose vein. They can get inflamed during pregnancy. We usually recommend a Fembrace or V2 brace to apply some pressure and give you relief. If it were clotted, it can become hard, red and very painful. After pregnancy and nursing, these can be injected if they are still uncomfortable.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Coastal Vein Institute

Published on Feb 10, 2015

Possibly, but not likely. More likely the pain is from distension of the pelvic veins due to the gravid uterus. As the veins exit your pelvis and legs, they meet about the level of your belly button, in the back of your abdomen and just in front of your spine. Behind the veins is your spine; in front are the arteries and enlarging uterus (as your baby grows). The veins are literally "caught between a rock and a hard place." This leads to increased pressure in the veins with distension.

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Answered by Coastal Vein Institute

Possibly, but not likely. More likely the pain is from distension of the pelvic veins due to the gravid uterus. As the veins exit your pelvis and legs, they meet about the level of your belly button, in the back of your abdomen and just in front of your spine. Behind the veins is your spine; in front are the arteries and enlarging uterus (as your baby grows). The veins are literally "caught between a rock and a hard place." This leads to increased pressure in the veins with distension.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Cleveland Clinic

Published on Feb 10, 2015

It is possible that this may represent the superficial phlebitis. Most often, the areas are firm and very tender to touch. These should probably be evaluated by a physician.

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Answered by Cleveland Clinic

It is possible that this may represent the superficial phlebitis. Most often, the areas are firm and very tender to touch. These should probably be evaluated by a physician.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


Vanish Vein and Laser Center

Published on Feb 10, 2015

These symptoms do not appear to be a blood clot. There are 2 types of clots: superficial and deep. It would be prudent to see a vein specialist for an evaluation and have a venous ultrasound if necessary.

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Answered by Vanish Vein and Laser Center

These symptoms do not appear to be a blood clot. There are 2 types of clots: superficial and deep. It would be prudent to see a vein specialist for an evaluation and have a venous ultrasound if necessary.

Published on Jul 11, 2012


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