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Varicose veins occur when there is overfilling of blood in the veins. Additionally, the veins are also enlarged and dilated. Varicose veins are very most of the time painful. Its appearance is usually swollen and raised; it is bluish to purple or red in color.
Varicose veins are a very common condition and its women who usually develop this condition. According to statistics, around 25 percent of all adults have varicose veins. And in almost all cases, the condition appears on the lower legs.

What are Veins and what is their Function?

The veins are blood vessels that return unoxygenated blood back to the heart. After the organs from the rest of the body are able to use the oxygen from the blood carried by the arteries, these organs will release blood that contains waste products including carbon dioxide into the veins. The veins will return the blood back into the lungs where the waste products are left, then back to another blood circulation.

Also when the body is at rest or asleep, only a portion of the total blood in the body circulates. The rest of the blood remains in the veins and become active once the body is active once more. Veins are elastic allowing it to enlarge for storing purposes.

The Cause of Varicose Veins

When veins don’t function as it should varicose veins occur. Veins have valves to prevent backflow and when these valves malfunction, blood begins to build up in the veins. The veins will then become enlarged. It’s the veins in the legs that are most affected by this condition because the veins in the legs are the farthest from the heart and gravity makes it harder for the blood to flow upward.

Other causative factors that promote the development of varicose veins are:

  • Pregnancy
  • Menopause
  • When an individual is beyond 50
  • When standing for long periods of time
  • When the person is obese
  • If varicose veins run in the family the chance of developing varicose veins increases


The main symptoms of varicose veins are the misshapen veins which are usually found in the legs. The affected individual may also experience pain, swelling, heaviness and achiness over the enlarged veins. Some individuals with varicose veins may also experience swelling and discoloration. In some cases which are severe, the veins can bleed causing ulcers to form.

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If you think you are suffering from Varicose Veins you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Varicose Veins as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).