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Doctors' Answers to "Frequently Asked Questions" - Veins

These comments are made for the purpose of discussion and should NOT be used as recommendations for or against therapies or other treatments. An individual patient is always advised to consult their own physician.

[posted 06/12/2000]
Question: I am 47 years old. I have had re-ocurring problems with cellulitis in both lower extremities for the past 7 or so years. I have seen more Dr. than I care to name, who, while they may be right that weight is a contributing factor,continually blame my condition on weight. I spent six days in the hospital withthe last episode. The cellulitis affected the left leg, lower extremity, from the knee to the ankle with blistering of the entire circumfrance of the leg into the foot. I had open areas on the bottoms of both my feet, that no one seemed to want to address. I saw at the time of my hospital stay and during my convalescence at home, a total of nine Drs. One was an infectous Desease consultant that my physican called in. I also saw an Orthopedic Surgeon. I was subjected to neucular medicine. I was told to lose weight by the infectous deseas Dr., buy "Jobs" panty hose, and stay off my feet. When I asked the Orthopedic Surgeon about my desease, he said, "We have along name for it, but don't know much about it." I lost weight, bought the Jobs stockings, which cut the circulsation off at my foot, my ankle, and my knee and have tried to live a faily moderate life style that keeps me off of my feet, but to now avail I have continued to have problems and I fight with the weight condstantly. I have a left leg that the muscel area looks distortedbecause it swells every day, whether I'm on it ten minutes or two hours. What are my survival chances, and how long can I expect to keep my left leg. I am really scared and I'm not getting answers from my Drs. that are satisfying. When I ask questions and ask about new medical techniques, they either say I've never heard of that or shrug their shoulders and shake their heads as if they don't know. By the way I am not a Diabetic. I was also told by the Infectous Desease Dr. that 95% of the lymphatic system is shot in my leg. Is there anything, anything that you can tell me that I have'nt already been told. Is there
any treatment that I can benefit from? Is there any chance for lymphactic restoration? Because I have vericos veins, is that a contributing factor to my problem and can I get medical treatment that would benefit m I have Kaiser ins. and need I say more about the treatment that I do get? I am no longer on Leviquin, as of 6/99 but I had taken it for over a period of 65 to 70 days I don't even know what the side effects are. I have pictures that I will be happy to forward to you should you want to see them. The are hideous. If you can in anyway help me it would be a miracle. Sherry Callicoat

Answer: Well, unfortunately the advice is pretty much on target. However, the risk of losing your leg is pretty small since this is the return phase of the blood not the supply side. Elevating your legs for 15 minutes three times a day also helps(this must be above your heart 6 inches or so for gravity to help).

[posted 03/27/2000]
Question: I am a Bi-lateral BK amputee with Blockage in heart arteries. To do a bypass there is a limited supply of veins. Have heard of Drs. in Boston who are growing new veins. Is this available in Cincinnati area? Any suggestions?

Answer: The next option is to harvest one from your arm. Also, the internal mammary should be utilized. The "vein growing" is experimental at best.

Varicose Veins
Question: During pregnancy my leg veins became varicose. At the time doctor recommended my a tight bandage and after birth Venoruton. At first I took Venoruton gel and that seemed to help. After that I switched to Venoruton pills as it is difficult to treat all veins. But since then there is no visible change. I wonder if I should use gel again or I should do something else.

Answer: Probably nothing will help a lot other than weight loss, elevating your legs occasionally and support stockings(the thick, hot ugly ones).

Question: How long are the veins in a persons body ?

Answer: The longest would stretch from your toes to your heart.

Question: My wife is concerned that she has blue veins showing clearly on her chest and arms. Is this a cause for concern? What causes this and should she see doctor?

Answer: Dilated veins are the cause and are uncommon on the chest (very common in the legs). They probably don't mean anything, but they need to be examined to find the cause.

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