How Varicose Veins Can Make You Behave in Unexpected Ways

Many people, noticing the title of this article, might react by thinking, “What? Varicose veins are a physical problem – how could they possibly affect the way I behave?” Well, that’s a good question, and in this article we’ll try to do our best to answer it. Along the way, if you have varicose veins yourself and if like many people you’ve been putting off seeking treatment from a reputable vein clinic in Hamilton Township, we might be able to provide some explanations for why you’ve been acting the way you do.

Start at the beginning – how can varicose veins cause behavioral problems?

The most obvious reason that varicose veins might influence people’s behavior is cosmetic – varicose veins are unattractive, and if you have them you don’t feel as good about yourself as you would if you didn’t have them. Remember the first time you looked into a mirror and saw your legs covered with swollen, ropy, bluish-colored veins? It wasn’t a pleasant experience, was it? Your first reaction was probably to reach into your closet for dark stockings or long pants so that you could cover up the ugly, swollen veins before you went out in public.

Well, that is a behavioral change. And sadly it’s only the first of many. The next change to your normal behavior probably took place the first time you were invited by friends or family to play tennis with them or go to the beach, and you found yourself making excuses why you “couldn’t” go. Truth be told, you didn’t want to go, because you didn’t want your swollen veins to be seen by other people. Over time, this syndrome of trying to avoid any situation that forces you to reveal your legs can lead to isolation and even depression.

Varicose veins can even negatively affect your love life

Many patients at our vein clinic in Hamilton Township have told us that their varicose veins have affected their relationships. Again, this is understandable, because who really feels sexy and like being intimate with their partner when their legs are covered with ugly varicose veins? As experienced New Jersey vein doctors, we have actually had patients who’ve told us that they haven’t let their partners see them naked in months.

It’s not just that varicose veins are ugly – they sap your strength and energy

Most varicose veins are caused by a vein disease called chronic venous insufficiency that interferes with your normal circulation and keeps blood from being pumped efficiently back to your heart. Instead, blood pools in your veins and causes them to become swollen. CVI also causes other symptoms, such as chronically swollen legs and ankles and feelings of weakness, tiredness, and exhaustion. Naturally, over time you’re going to react to these symptoms as well, and start making excuses to avoid doing things that you feel too tired to do. It’s not unusual, in fact, for people with varicose veins to become chronically inactive, and become so averse to exercise of any kind that their lack of regular exercise increases their risk for heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and obesity.

So what can you do about this?

If this all sounds uncomfortably familiar to you, the most important piece of information you need to know is that varicose veins are NOT something you have to “live with.” They can be easily and safely removed – without surgery, without having to go to a hospital, without pain, and without long recovery periods. New Jersey vein removal is so fast and efficient, in fact, that you can literally have your varicose veins eliminated on your lunch hour. So if you have varicose veins and are tired of them affecting your behavior, take the first step towards getting rid of them forever today. Pick up your phone and call our vein clinic in Hamilton Township at 609-528-6330 or go online and set up an appointment.

Imtiaz Ahmad, MD

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