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I have have suffered from poor sirculation for many years with

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I have have suffered from poor sirculation for many years with discolouration in my feet and legs which is progressivley geting worse with vains in my feet and ankles so bad that I rarley undress in front of my wife and family and recently have large vains showing in my legs I am a male 68
Submitted: 4 years ago.
Category: Cardiology
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 4 years ago.
Thanks for this question

I'm very sorry about this problem

How can I help?

Are you wondering what is causing this?
Expert:  tazechip replied 4 years ago.
Hi--and we can continue after this if you'd like but it sounds as though you suffer from what's called incompetent venous valves in your leg veins and you've developed superficial varicosities in your legs--large twisting veins and probably smaller spider veins and maybe some ruddiness to the skin also. While custom fitted elastic thigh-high stockings and salt reduction can help with these, it sounds as though you'll need specific treatment such as scelerotherapy, laser therapy, and you may need a more extensive procedure like saphenous vein stripping and individual ligation of some of the larger veins. I'd suggest you see a vascular surgeon about this.
Expert:  Dr. Phil, MD replied 4 years ago.
I would like to provide an alternate opinion

It could be insufficiency of the veins in your legs but other causes need to be ruled out.

For example, heart and kidney failure and can cause chronic leg swelling.

Also, blood clots in the legs.

Only when all of these problems have been ruled out should we called it insufficiency of the veins in the legs.

This is a serious problem that I recommend you have checked out and worked up by your primary medical doctor.

If it is venous insufficiency then there are various treatments that can help. In my experience, sclerotherapy, is the most effective.

This is where a caustic agent is injected to destroy the veins.

I hope this helps.

If you have more questions, just reply. :)