Question: I am a 16-year-old who had both GSV veins lasered this year because the veins had no valves in them. This procedure was to help with my pain, but it hasn’t. I have severe cramping and pain in both legs from thighs to feet.
Answer: This may be an indication of needing additional treatment, or there are other factors aside from venous disease that could be contributing to your symptoms. At 16, you may be experiencing growth and hormonal changes associated with your age. Additionally, electrolyte deficiency can contribute to cramping and pain. A well-balanced diet is important to provide your rapidly developing body with the nutrients it needs to keep up with you. Magnesium and potassium are important to your bodies function. Potatoes, almonds, avocado, tomato, and bananas are great natural sources of these elements. Hydration is also key; preferably water, and not too many sports or energy drinks. A follow-up with the provider who did your procedures will help in knowing if there are additional abnormalities in the veins that would require further treatment.