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Topic Title: anyone else with CVI? What to do for it.
Created On: 05/16/2001 09:15 AM
 
 09/12/2004 06:00 PM

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[email protected]

I believe there are many out there who are more competent to answer your question. However, during my recent check up I dicussed my venous insufficiency prob with my Dr he told me the least invasive way to keep a disease'condition under control is the best way to go. In my case, the wearing of compression stockings is working, along with diet and exercise. So I guess I am fortunate. Of course I have to wear more substantial stockings than I did two years ago and if the disease progresses I might have to get into something I can't stand to wear, then I might have to look at a more aggressive treatment. Right now wearing compression stockings doesn't cramp my lifestyle too much. I'm a guy in my 60's I guess it's like having to wear glasses, the thicker they get, or the more wearing them interfere with ones lifestyle, that person might take a hard look at lasic surgery. I have a good friend who has real serious leg vein problems. He recently consulted about a laser proceedure to treat his veins. The Dr told him the proceedure might be effective for a while but he eventually will have to consider stripping, which is a six week recovery, and he would need to wear some type of compression hose anyway, and how many veins can one afford to lose?. The important thing I have learned, this vein thing can get nasty if we don't take precautions. So get good advice, and good luck with your decisions. Sorry if this ran on too much. Hope it helps.
 09/09/2004 10:14 AM

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Kathyg1010

What type of surgery did you have?
 09/08/2004 03:28 PM

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Kathyg1010

I too have been told take your lasix and wear these stockings. Exercise does seem to help, but I can't do that all the time. I read an article about VNUS Closure that describes some of my symptoms (swelling, tightness, tingling), but most of what I read also had to do with folks who have varisoucs viens. Would this procedure work for?
 03/30/2004 05:06 PM

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[email protected]

I was diagnosed with CVI two years ago and was prescribed medical compression stockings. My symptoms have not progressed beyond slght swelling in my lower leg, some protrusion of the veins in my lower legs, a tired heavy feeling in my legs. Wearing the stockings virtually eliminates the syptoms and gives me a sort of refreshed feeling in my legs. I have also been able to reduce 30 pounds and have about 20 more to get off. I do agressive water aerobics and do a lot of fast paced walking. I would appreciate any further ideas on keeping CVI from getting the best of me.
 03/28/2004 01:58 PM

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Briann575ca

I have been treating this condition for over 20 years and can probably offer you some ideas on how to live with CVI. I saw your letter in Wounds1. It is not unreasonable for you to be able to minimize your symptoms. If interested, then you can email me with an update: [email protected]
 03/28/2004 01:43 PM

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Briann575ca

You have an impressive history of venous problems. Since all venous ulcers are due to venous pump failure, you should be aware that isometric (not isotonic) compression can reverse this failure immediately it is applied. If you are interested I will be happy to explain further.
 03/28/2004 01:36 PM

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Briann575ca

If you had doppler performed while you were lying down, it cannot reveal reflux which is the essence of vein disorders. After that you will require "venous flow mapping" which shows the details of the reflux and all of the abnormal origins and connections.
 03/28/2004 01:32 PM

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Briann575ca

You still have pain because surgery only removed part of the problem, leaving the hidden reflux deeper in you leg. Venous flow mapping will show you what abnormal veins were left behind. When you elevate you are dumping the reflux into the deep venous system. Reflux is an irritant and causes the symptoms of varicose veins.
 03/28/2004 01:26 PM

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Briann575ca

You will get a false negative ultrasound result for "reflux" if the test is performed when you are lying down. This is because the blood will only flow backwards (i.e. reflux) when there is gravitational assistance as in standing. But more valuable: you need "venous flow mapping" which describes all the pathological pathways. This is the definitive test for venous disease because it shows/describes the details.
 07/23/2003 10:44 AM

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perennial

I have the same symptoms as you. Had an ultrasound and the vascular doc told me I didn't have any reflux. Had a lot of swelling in my calf which my regular doc was concerned about. Told her the vascular doc said I had no reflux so she set me up for MRI to find out abut swelling. I then called to get my records from the vascular doc and when I got it it said that I had deep vein incompetence in the left leg. when I called to ask about this the tec who did the ultrasound said that it was very very slight reflux thats why the doc probably didn't mention it and he didn't think that was causing swelling. Nothing on the MRI and I wasted my money because I think it is causing it. My calf is swollen about 1/2 inch. Interested in what I can do about this, docs are no help!!! I have been taking horse chestnut which does seem to help a little.
     
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