As we age, there is a natural tendency to blame aches, pain and fatigue on “getting older.” We don’t like going to the doctor anyway, and—like our grandparents—we earned our symptoms. Our arthritis, weak joints, tiredness, inability to sleep, etc. can seem like badges of honor.
Well, not necessarily.
If your pain is directly over your knee, for example, it could very well be arthritis. However, if the pain extends beyond the joint to the thigh, calf or foot, your pain could be something else entirely, including venous disease which affects 40% to 50% of people over age 50. If you have family members who suffer from varicose veins, your odds could be even higher.
And even if you do have arthritis, you may have a vein issue, too. This is known as “compounded discomfort”—two conditions that combine to make symptoms worse or where one health condition masks another. Many people mistakenly blame their leg pain on arthritis (or an old sports injury) when a simple vein treatment could give them back their quality of life.
So before you blame your symptoms on “getting older,” get checked out and make sure that you don’t have an easily fixable venous health issue. This is extremely important because once your pain prevents you from being active, your lack of mobility can set in motion a downward spiral of health concerns, including diabetes, heart disease and many others.
Please contact our office for your first appointment (or an initial free screening), especially if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- Chronic leg pain
- Restless Leg Syndrome
- Leg cramps
Dr. Sonja Stiller is a diplomat of both the American Board of Emergency Medicine and the American Board of Venous and Lymphatic Medicine and is the founder of the Center for Advanced Vein Care located at 7200 Mentor Avenue, in Mentor. For an appointment, call 440-710-1140.