Chronic Venous Insufficiency
Healthy veins allow blood to travel from a person’s limbs to their heart on a continual basis. However, people suffering from chronic venous insufficiency have a blockage or vein damage that is preventing the continuous flow of blood. When valves are damaged, a backflow of blood may also occur. This condition affects 2-5% of the American population.
Chronic venous insufficiency may be caused by underlying conditions such as varicose veins or deep vein thrombosis (a blood clot).
Chronic venous insufficiency often occurs in the lower extremities when there is a lack of sufficient blood flow in the legs. Symptoms may involve swelling of the legs and ankles, aching and heaviness in the legs, itching, hyper pigmentation, inflammation and thickening of the skin. Normally the pain becomes worse upon standing and lessens when legs are elevated.
Treatment ranges from conservative to surgical intervention. Conservative treatment often includes compression therapy. For instance people suffering from chronic venous insufficiency in their legs may choose to wear compression stockings. Periodic rest and elevation of the limbs, blood pressure medication, and lymphatic massage are other conservative treatment options available as well.
Serious Chronic Venous Insufficiency can lead to an inability of performance of many normal functions of employment and daily living. A physician should evaluate and monitor an individual’s condition.
As with other impairments, it’s always a good idea to have your treatment records include your symptoms. It is usually a good idea to prepare a list of your symptoms and remind your doctor of the complete list of symptoms which you are experiencing so that they are written as part of your record.
We understand your concerns and that it’s difficult to deal with a government agency when you are trying to also deal with your debilitating condition. We are available to help you through the process of applying for your disability benefits from the Social Security Administration. Contact us at 800-641-9781 and let our experience help you.
At the Law Offices of Gary Glenn, we have assisted many clients who have suffered from Chronic Venous Insufficiency which can lead to an inability of performance of many normal functions of employment and daily living.