Symptoms of Venous Disease

  • Pain or aching discomfort in the legs
  • Heaviness or a tired feeling in the legs
  • Tenderness over the dilated veins
  • Itching
  • Swelling
  • Dermatitis over the lower leg (a red itchy rash)
  • Dark pigmentation of the skin
  • Ulceration (sores that don’t heal)
  • Bleeding from veins close to the skin
  • Phlebitis (hard, tender, reddened vein)

Symptoms are usually worse at the end of the day, after standing or sitting for prolonged periods. Many women note that the symptoms are worse during the days immediately before the menstrual cycle. The discomfort may be improved with elevation of the legs.