Why Do Varicose Veins Hurt Most at Night?

leg pain at night

If you think that your varicose veins hurt more at night, you are probably not imagining this. The reason why, in a word, is contrast. This might make more sense once it is explained...

 

Especially since the advent of electrical lights, it can be easy to forget that nighttime is for rest. As daylight wanes, everything in nature gets quieter and darker and cooler. Only we humans maintain our bustling pace right up until the point where we drop into bed. (Then we twiddle our thumbs while we wait for sleep to come. Or we wake at odd hours, minds already racing).

Even on the cellular level, our bodies are winding down as the evening progresses, preparing for a quiet restorative time.

 

Varicose Vein Symptoms Increase During Day

Throughout the course of the day, though, varicose vein pain and discomfort tends to get amped up. Gravity pulls blood against compromised valves and leads it to pool in the lower legs. Agents of inflammation also get concentrated at these sites, and the nerve receptors that register pain start to fire more furiously. This can be tolerable—as long as our brains are busy and distracted. from the leg pain.

 

So really...why do varicose veins hurt most at night?

When our bodies are trying to rest, especially against the backdrop of the dark and the quiet, every sensation seems magnified: bumps, sounds, lights—and these throbbing aches and pains.

Varicose veins and leg pain plus leg cramps can make it difficult to get restful sleep. It can take hours for that discomfort to ease off as lymph and other metabolic substances are taken back up into circulation. And if you happen to point your toes as you stretch out in your sleep, you might be awakened by the startling discomfort of a muscle cramp. Often by the time equilibrium is restored, it is time to get up and start the whole process again.

 

There Are Things You Can Do To Ease Nighttime Varicose Vein Pain:

  • First of all, if varicose vein pain is keeping you up at night, or if you are experiencing any of the other symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency, it is time to have your vascular health checked by a qualified vein specialist.
  • Ease into the evening. Put your legs up for a bit, especially at the end of the day, and give your veins a chance to calm down before you go to bed. Perform a little local self-massage to encourage circulation and take some pressure off your veins.
  • Perform some gentle exercise. Walking, yoga and other gentle forms of exercise are great for relaxing the entire body and promoting healthy respiration and circulation of blood and lymph.
  • Ensure proper hydration. Drinking adequate water is key for promoting healthy circulation, keeping blood vessels and tissues healthy and pliable, and for preventing muscle cramps.
  • Eat a healthy diet, full of vitamins, minerals and macronutrients. There is not enough space here to say all that needs to be said about the importance of taking care of your body through the food you eat. However, there are lots of great nutrition resources out there.
  • Stretch out those muscles. Tight and constricted muscles prevent the healthy circulation of blood and lymphatic fluid through the legs. And tight muscles are more likely to ache and to cramp up.

Of course, a qualified vein doctor will have more suggestions for easing and eliminating the discomfort of varicose veins. Using the results from a detailed examination and duplex ultrasound, they can tailor a varicose vein treatment plan for you, and have you sleeping comfortably through the night in very little time.

¿Qué cubre el seguro, estoy en Medicare con un suplemento.

By Jason Babcock, MBA CMPE | Oct 24, 2018 | Comments Off on ¿Qué cubre el seguro, estoy en Medicare con un suplemento.

Q & A Pregunta: ¿Qué cubre el seguro, estoy en Medicare con un suplemento. Respuesta: Medicare con un suplemento cubre las visitas a la oficina, los ultrasonidos y las intervenciones necesarias, típicamente al 100%. Por lo general, no hay un gasto de bolsillo asociado con el tratamiento en la oficina.

Read More

What does insurance cover, I am on Medicare with a supplement.

By Jason Babcock, MBA CMPE | Oct 24, 2018 | Comments Off on What does insurance cover, I am on Medicare with a supplement.

Q & A Question: What do insurance cover, I am on Medicare with a supplement. Answer: Medicare with a supplement covers the office visits, necessary ultrasounds and interventions, typically at 100%. Usually there is not an out of pocket expense associated with in-office treatment.

Read More

¿Cuál es el costo promedio si tiene varices en una pierna y arañas vasculares en la otra?

By Jason Babcock, MBA CMPE | Oct 24, 2018 | Comments Off on ¿Cuál es el costo promedio si tiene varices en una pierna y arañas vasculares en la otra?

Q & A Pregunta: ¿Cuál es el costo promedio si tiene varices en una pierna y arañas vasculares en la otra? Respuesta: la mayoría del tratamiento de las venas varicosas, si es médicamente necesario, está cubierto por el seguro. Los costes del tratamiento de la vena de la araña varían dependiendo de la cantidad de…

Read More

What is the average cost if you have varicose veins in one leg and spider veins in the other?

By Jason Babcock, MBA CMPE | Oct 24, 2018 | Comments Off on What is the average cost if you have varicose veins in one leg and spider veins in the other?

Q & A Question: What is the average cost if you have varicose veins in one leg and spider veins in the other? Answer: Most varicose vein treatment, if medically necessary, is covered by insurance. Spider vein treatment costs vary depending on the amount of veins present, if the insurance will cover them (medically necessary) and…

Read More

Pegamento (pegamento del cianocrilato) para el tratamiento de la vena… ¿puedes hacer eso? ¡Sí!

By Jason Babcock, MBA CMPE | Oct 12, 2018 | Comments Off on Pegamento (pegamento del cianocrilato) para el tratamiento de la vena… ¿puedes hacer eso? ¡Sí!

VenaSeal El último tratamiento para las varices puede parecer que es directamente de una película de ciencia ficción, pero la sustancia utilizada para cerrar las venas anormales, pegamento del cianocrilato, se ha utilizado en procedimientos médicos y cirugías por décadas. ¡ Créalo o no, el pegamento del cianocrilato se ha utilizado los procedimientos desde 1949,…

Read More

Glue (Cyanoacrylate Adhesive) for vein treatment…can you do that? YES!

By Jason Babcock, MBA CMPE | Oct 12, 2018 | Comments Off on Glue (Cyanoacrylate Adhesive) for vein treatment…can you do that? YES!

VenaSeal The latest treatment for varicose veins may seem like it is straight out of a science fiction movie, but the substance used to close off abnormal veins, cyanoacrylate adhesive, has been used in medical procedures and surgeries for decades. Believe it or not, cyanoacrylate adhesive has been used procedures since 1949, and other types…

Read More

Consejos de salud para ayudar a prevenir varices y arañas

By Jason Babcock, MBA CMPE | Sep 24, 2018 | Comments Off on Consejos de salud para ayudar a prevenir varices y arañas
mother daughter

Algunos buenos consejos generales fueron recientemente compartidos por el Consejo de salud de Estados Unidos sobre varices y arañas vasculares. Hay algunos puntos adicionales que deben ser considerados cuando se discute la salud venosa. Con respecto a lo que hay que recordar; es importante mantener una hidratación adecuada. Al hacerlo, se fomentará un flujo sanguíneo…

Read More

Health Tips to Help Prevent Varicose and Spider Veins

By Jason Babcock, MBA CMPE | Sep 24, 2018 | Comments Off on Health Tips to Help Prevent Varicose and Spider Veins

Some good general advice was recently shared by U.S. News Health Tip regarding varicose and spider veins. There are a few additional points that should be considered when discussing venous health. Regarding do’s and don’ts to remember; it is important to maintain adequate hydration. In doing so, one will encourage healthy adequate blood flow thereby…

Read More

¿Cuál es el tiempo de induración del tratamiento venoso?

By Jilanne Rose, DNP ANP-BC | Sep 17, 2018 | Comments Off on ¿Cuál es el tiempo de induración del tratamiento venoso?

Q & A Pregunta: ¿Qué es el tiempo de induración? Respuesta: el downtime se basa en gran medida en el tipo de intervención y la severidad de la enfermedad venosa. Independientemente del tipo de intervención, nuestros pacientes reanudan todas las actividades el mismo día que el tratamiento. Algunos tratamientos requieren medias de compresión post-procedimiento, pero…

Read More

What is the down time for vein treatment?

By Jilanne Rose, DNP ANP-BC | Sep 17, 2018 | Comments Off on What is the down time for vein treatment?

Q & A Question: What is the down time? Answer: Downtime is largely based on the type of intervention and severity of the vein disease. Regardless of the type of intervention, our patients resume all activities the same day as treatment. Some treatments require compression stockings post-procedure, but most times these are worn for comfort and…

Read More

About Jilanne Rose, DNP ANP-BC

Jilanne is Phoenix Metros only Doctorate Nurse Practitioner that has been trained extensively by a Cardiothoracic & Vascular Surgeon, an Interventional Radiologist, and an Interventional Cardiologist. Dr. Rose is highly regarded by patients and physicians who seek her out because of her expertise in vein disease, her commitment to compassionate care, and her excellent success rates. As a peripheral vascular specialist that has performed well over 10,000 vascular interventions, Dr. Rose is dedicated to helping patients achieve a pain free, healthy and happy life.