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Could your Pelvic and leg symptoms be hidden deep vein disease?

Have you had unexplained pain in your left side or swelling, fatigue and heaviness in your lower belly and legs?  You may have ‘hidden vein disease’ caused by ‘compression’ or pressure on one or more of the deep veins in your belly or pelvis.

At Vitality Vein Care we offer hope and are here to guide you to discover and treat ‘hidden vein disease.’  We want to be your vein specialists for the diagnosis and treatment of venous compression disease.

What causes venous compression?

When your veins do not work as intended, it can affect your health and quality of life.  The abdominal (belly) and pelvic veins most often affected by compression are the iliac vein that drains your left leg (May-Thurner syndrome) and the vein that drains your left kidney (Nutcracker syndrome).

Minor compression of the vein increases pressure on the veins at and below the area of compression.  The pressure can cause reversal of the venous blood, also known as reflux.  Veins in the area become varicose due to this.  Though hidden deep in your body, these deep varicose veins cause symptoms such as heaviness, aching, pain and swelling.  

Compression and pulsing of the artery can trap the iliac vein, causing it to scar.  Early diagnosis and treatment can prevent further damage to the vein and lower your chances of getting a blood clot.  If not diagnosed and treated, a DVT could form that causes sudden swelling and pain in the thigh and leg.  The event can be limb or life threatening and requires emergency care for diagnosis and treatment.

Diagnosis of venous compression

Here at Vitality Vein Care your clinical team is well versed in the diagnosis of pelvic, iliac and renal vein compression and acute/chronic DVT.  

Chronic symptoms of venous compression include heaviness, aching and swelling in the lower abdomen and legs.  If there is a pelvic vein disease component to your problem, your symptoms may get worse at the time of your month or during intimacy.  

When you have chronic symptoms, your visit starts with vein evaluation, history, physical exam, and venous ultrasound of the thigh and leg.  If this evaluation suggests the possibility of iliac vein, left renal vein or pelvic vein disease, another ultrasound of the deep veins of the belly is scheduled.  

A positive vein evaluation and transabdominal US leads to tests to further testing to evaluate the direction of flow in these veins.  It also shows areas of compression, scarring of the veins, evidence of blood clots and varicose veins in the abdomen and pelvis.  

Leg swelling symptoms and pain that come on suddenly may indicate a DVT.  If this were to happen, an emergent ultrasound to evaluate the deep veins of the pelvis and legs would be ordered.  If an acute DVT is found, depending on the location, it may require hospitalization. 

If you have iliac vein compression, renal vein compression or pelvic vein disease, what happens next?

At Vitality Vein Care, we are happy to tell you that there is hope!  Hope to diagnose the condition and hope to treat it as well.  Call today to schedule and appointment to be evaluated by one of our vein specialists.  At VVC, veins aren’t another thing that we do, it’s the only thing that we do.

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