"I'm sorry, sir, but you've got varicosities. They're not dangerous, but they will impact your life in different ways." Now, if you didn't know that a varicosity was another term for varicose veins, would that just absolutely scare the living daylights out of you?
Herein lies one of the more difficult issues plaguing the healthcare system in this country - it's the lack of straightforwardness. Then again, how many times have you looked at your doctor make a note and not been able to read one word? Maybe being a bit in the dark is just a thing to work through.
But when it comes to varicosities, you don't really have a lot to worry about, which is kind of nice. They may not be the worst thing in the world, but it really does become a drag when you think about how they look. Most of us remember older female relatives walking around with striations on their legs that just looked painful. Now, you're older, and the notion of dealing with varicose veins makes you want to crawl under a rock. However, you should fight that urge and talk to your doctor about them and what options you have to get rid of them.
Here's some good information to have:
Varicosities & Varicose Veins Are The Same Thing - Between varicosity, vascular, and varicose, it's hard to keep it all straight.
Your Entire Body is Fair Game - You'll usually notice them most in the legs, but varicose veins can be all over the body. If you thought some lines on your legs could be a little embarrassed about, keep in mind that some women develop vulvar varicosities.
Weaker Elasticity in Veins Comes with Age - Once a blood vessel starts feeling the effects of age, varicosities are likely to follow.
Pregnancy & Varicose Veins Are A Package Deal - Changes in blood flow occur during pregnancy, which means that a woman's body will go through more than just having a baby. Varicose veins can start developing in the legs and vulvar area. Talk with your doctor about these possibilities.
Sitting, Standing, and Carrying Extra Weight Exacerbate the Issue - Because of the sedentary lifestyle we have in the U.S., more cases of varicose veins have kicked up in recent years. The rub comes when you find out that standing for long periods of time can exert extra pressure on blood vessels in your legs, leading to varicose veins. Finally, it's important to note that while you can't always avoid how much you sit or stand, you can almost always be mindful of your weight.
Varicosities are nothing to be actually frightened about mainly because they don't pose much of a threat to your health. However, every case is different, so be sure to talk with your doctor about possible treatment options if they're applicable. And just so you can be one the same page, have him or her use terms that you'll understand. It'll benefit both of you.