Thursday, February 21, 2013

My Vein Concern

I've been complaining about the varicose veins in my right leg since they reared their ugly head at some point way too early in my pregnancy and I have no plans on stopping until they go away, either miraculously on their own or by the skilled hand of a vein specialist.

Just so you don't think I'm being over dramatic, I'm posting them on the interwebz for all of you to see.

This one started out small during my pregnancy with Isabella.  It has since morphed into a giant super vein that wraps it's corded ugliness around the back of my thigh and right up to my vagina where it spreads out into a bag of worms.  I think it might have even found it's way to my ass.  It looks ugly in the pic, but not nearly as bad as in real life.  It's thick, corded, bulgy, blue and super ugly.  And it's long...nearly the length of my leg.

P.S.  Why is my foot so much whiter than my leg?

This one is my cluster fuck of spider veins that has spindled it's web around my ankle.  These are a lovely shade of deep plum and almost made one of my friends at work vomit in her mouth when I showed her.  These stem from one bulging pool of a vein and travel around my ankle and down my foot.  Sexy huh?

Aside from just looking gag worthy, they hurt.  They started off feeling like a bruise, just a bit tender, and itchy.  But now they throb and feel sore and it's like there's this "pulling" feeling down the back of my thigh.  It's not all the time, but it's definitely gotten worse and it's at least a few days a week where I need to just sit and put my feet up to ease the tension in my right leg.  

The good news is that there is a chance they may clear up on their own after the pregnancy, but seeing as I was quite a bitch in high school my money is on the fact that they'll stick around.  Plus the big one on my calf has been there for a bit, although not quite as angry as it's become, so I doubt that one will miraculously disappear either.  

The other good news is that there are vein specialists who specialize in these kinds of atrocities.  Also, from what I've read on the internet, and you know if you read it on the internet it's true, there are a few different treatment options.  I can get surgery to remove them.  I can have the doctor stick a hot poker up the vein to collapse it.  I can get it treated by lasers.  I haven't gotten checked out yet, so I don't know my own personal options, but we'll see.  

The thing that sucks is that my obgyn says that I shouldn't get treated for the veins until 6 months after delivery because by then whatever was going to go away would have.  Also, she said I need to be done having kids because they can definitely come back with a subsequent pregnancy.  Now, I'm about 99.9% sure that I'm done after Mrs. Petrillo, but this baby is due in May which means that I have to deal with these vile veins throughout the summer.  I'm too short and soft on the edges to pull off a maxi dress so it looks like I'll be sporting these things all summer.  Maybe with a tan they won't look so bad?

Here's hoping that they don't get any worse or that my left leg doesn't try to get in on the action because I'm very self-conscious about them.  


Shana Scott said...

I'm so sorry you are experiencing this!! I also had some niggels during pregnancy but was blessed they cleared up! I hope you can get a solution! Whom ever first said pregnancy is a beautiful thing had never actually been pregnant! I love my children but I seriously do not enjoy pregnancy! but that is just me! The end result is worth every bit of it though ;-)

Ariel @ Dreams To Do said...

OH. MY. GOSH. I am so sorry. Those look SO painful! If they don't go away on their own after baby arrives, I will offer 100% emotional support in seeking out a specialist to zap those suckers.

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