Varicose Vein Leg Lump
Ever dreamed of flaunting your legs like a Las Vegas dancer? If you answered yes, then make sure that your legs do not have spider veins! Although this venous problem does not pose any danger to you, spider veins can nevertheless make your legs unattractive and discoloured. So, you really have to deal with spider veins before they become a major patch on your legs.
But, you do not have to lose sleep over your spider veins. Fact is, almost sixty percent of all Americans experience having cosmetic problems relating to their veins and a lot of these problems are linked to spider veins.
And while spider veins affect both genders, this venous problem wreaks havoc more on women than men. Age factor also plays a role in the development of spider veins; it is observed that people aged 40 to 50 are more prone to the growth of spider veins.
Major factors that contribute to this venous problem include excessive weight, standing for extended periods of time, and hormonal changes brought about by menopause. Pregnancy is also a major cause for spider veins; in fact, pregnant women are known to have spider veins even in their private parts.
Nevertheless, the legs are the most susceptible to the development of spider veins. This is simply because the veins on your legs bear the brunt of transporting back the blood up to the heart against the pull of gravity, and not to mention, against the burden of your body weight.
These pressures result to the eventual malfunction of your leg veins; which, unable to push the blood up to heart, becomes a pool of idle blood. The lump of blood causes the veins to bulge and discolour and finally become what you see as spider veins.
As mentioned, spider veins are not life-threatening. However, they can seriously reduce your skin’s elasticity, particularly on your legs. Bulging and damaged leg veins often result to swollen feet or legs.
In some severe cases, the overall blood flow from the legs to the heart can be seriously constricted which can lead to constant feeling of fatigue and stiffness in leg muscles. Pain in the legs is rarely caused by spider veins, but this venous problem can sometimes bring about prickliness and burning sensation to the skin on your legs.
Apart from the legs, spider veins can also develop in the face, arms and stomach area. The unmistakable red and blue pigments that define spider veins can appear like bruises on your skin.
Although spider veins and varicose veins are both indications that you are having problems with the flow of your blood and the valves of your veins, you need to see your doctor to make sure that your spider veins are not varicose veins because these two venous problems can have different treatment approaches.
To reduce or eliminate the appearance of spider veins, you must ensure that your veins are functioning at their peak. Oftentimes, it is about making sure that blood from different parts of your body, especially from the legs, is flowing smoothly and unlimitedly.
You can do this with a wide variety of procedures, from as basic as a relaxing massage to as sophisticated as solution injection. It will also do you good to avoid the major causes of spider veins as mentioned above.
Cramps occur because of muscles contracting. The muscles in your legs are part of the skeletal muscle system, which generally contracts at the command of the brain; hence, they are called voluntary muscles.
Sometimes, however, skeletal muscles also act involuntarily. For example, with the diaphragmatic and intercostals (between the ribs) breathing muscles, we can inhale, exhale and hold your breath voluntarily, and breathe involuntarily. Similarly, there are times when voluntary leg muscles can contract involuntarily, as you are experiencing.
Skeletal muscles consist of large fibres that can be up to 12 inches long. Muscles carry out heavy duty work so they are equipped with specific cellular power stations called nuclei and mitochondria which are capable of converting glucose into energy very rapidly.
The contraction of muscles is a complicated procedure: muscle fibre squeeze together because protein fibres lock into each other, rather like comb slotted together. When the protein fibres unlock the muscle fibres relax and lengthen.
Excessive muscle contraction, as in sports training triggers the muscles to demand more oxygen than the body can supply through breathing. This oxygen deficit causes the formation of lactic acid, a by-product of when glucose molecules are only partially burnt off. Lactic acid is a major cause of cramps.
Calcium is also a factor as muscles need it to contract. If there is a shortage, the muscle goes into spasm and cramps up to avoid losing it. So people suffering from osteoporosis may suffer, as May vegans and vegetarians whose bodies can’t absorb calcium because of the lack of vitamin D from animal fats in their diet. Lack of sunlight is vital for our bodies to synthesis vitamin D, is another factor.
Also, if you are chronically constipated, the colon can’t readily absorb calcium. This causes cramps in the leg muscles at night when the circulation of blood is sluggish. Being dehydrated (often a cause of constipation) is another risk factor for cramp as are excessive sweating and severe diarrhoea.
Poor blood circulation may be the villain. Very active people who suddenly have to give up exercising perhaps because of an accident may experience painful cramps. This is due to muscular atrophy (wasting), where fibrous scar tissue grows around the previously active muscles, resulting in decreased blood flow.
Low levels of potassium and sodium, which are essential for good muscle functioning are also implicated in cramps. A lack of potassium may be caused by a poor diet, or by taking diuretics, which trigger the excretion of potassium.
The lack of potassium and sodium, which act as electrolytes on the surface of muscle fibres, leads to impaired response to nerve stimulation, so the fibres go into spasm erratically, causing a cramping sensation. Magnesium is also essential for healthy muscles, as is co-enzyme Q10.
Here are my tips
- Boost levels of potassium by eating lots of fresh fruit and vegetable, preferably organic. Aim for five to ten portions a day.
- Eat moderate amount of sea salt in your diet. If you have high blood pressure, use a reduced sodium salt alternative such as Lo Salt.
- Avoid foods that may increase cramping primarily coffee, alcohol, citrus fruits and sour-tasting foods, such as pickles, pineapple, kiwi and rhubarb.
- If constipated; drink six to eight large glasses of still water every day between meals. Eat papaya and figs. Take one Qurs Mullayan tablet after your evening meal for two months.
- Take coral calcium, a naturally occurring form of calcium with other helpful minerals. Soak one sachet in 1.5 litres of water and drink through the day for three months.
- Take one tablet (150mg) of magnesium every day for two months.
- Take one capsule (30mg) of co-enzyme Q 10 daily for one month CoQl0.
- The natural reaction is to relieve cramping by squeezing stretching and pummelling the muscles. You can use this preventatively too. For ten minutes before bed, massage the calves from knee to ankle, squeezing the calves, with Back Massage Oil.
- You can make your own oil with two tablespoonfuls of sweet almond oil and Three drops of lavender essential oil. If you get cramps, do the same.
- Do this exercise 20 times every morning and evening for one month: lie on your back on the floor with your body straight and your arms by your sides. Keeping your heels on the floor, flex your toes towards your knees and hold for five seconds. Now, point your toes away from you again holding for five seconds.
Subir Mukherjee is involved in healthcare market research since 2009. He writes about various healthcare topics including herbal health and alternative medicines.