I have a ongoing issue with vein problems. I am not talking spider veins. I am talking the kind of veins that require a vascular surgeon to surgically remove the veins. Yes, they are hereditary. However, my mother did not have an extreme issues with her veins- like I do. I first noticed the problem when I was pregnant with my last baby- Tyler. I was about 5 or 6 months pregnant and I noticed a EXTREMELY large vein that was BULGING down my leg. It was so big and it hurt. Then I had the stroke when I was 7 months pregnant. They did so many ultrasounds and tests. They had feared a blood clot in my legs had caused the stroke. They never could to this day pinpoint WHY I had a stroke. I went on heparin until I delivered my son.
A month or so after I had my son, I had to go in and have my veins STRIPPED surgically. They literally went in and removed the large vein in my right leg. It seems my RIGHT leg has the biggest issues. All seems to be fine, but a couple of years ago...I noticed the same area in my leg and the vein seems to be "bulging" again just a little bit. I watched it as it grew larger and larger AGAIN. I knew it was not going to get better and larger than ever and so I went in yesterday to visit the same surgeon to see what he thought.
I guess my condition is as RARE as having 5 wisdom teeth. It is so rare, but my vein bascially "rooted" with other superficial veins to come back as a big ole mess. I thought about showing you photos but TRUST ME they are not pretty and look horrible. Hence, I never wear shorts (only capris) and dresses have to be long enough to cover the bulging vein in my right leg.
They did a ultrasound and I find out that behind my RIGHT KNEE is a HUGE bakers cyst. Oh, yes... I guess my body is falling apart. ha! They mentioned it was so large 2.5" wide and could not believe I was not in pain. I had no idea. Well, I did learn good news- I have low blood pressure, my heart sounds great and well I decided to focus on the good news.
Next, I find out I can't have surgery (which I truly need again) for 12 weeks. Yes, our insurance makes you wait or they will not approve it. The doctor was so frustrated as he explained this to me. He said veins can be VERY serious health risks and does not like that the insurance companies will not allow exceptions for those of us who need it promptly taken care of.
I am now scheduled for the surgery this June. I am going to the same vein specialist and I am thankful and feel peace about having the surgery AGAIN. Hopefully...the second time is the charm! I know it sounds weird but I think I have had these vein issues to remind me to really appreciate my body and not focus on the imperfections. My legs will always have those reminders of my vein issues and the scars from surgery. I'm so okay with this.
Is it only a cosmetic concern? For many people, varicose veins and spider veins (these are the smaller and more common variation of varicose veins) makes them feel less attractive. Yes, mine are so not cute. ha! However, it's important to note that varicose veins cause aching pain and discomfort. This condition can or may lead to serious problems if not treated. The worst part is now my children are more likely to get them as well.
Zach is having a fabulous tournament this weekend. They won both of their games yesterday. He is hitting well and really enjoying the HOT weather. It's been perfect weather. Looking forward to a great weekend!