1. Joyce says:

    Lynzy, thank you so much for sharing this!! I also have a familial predisposition and my veins have gotten worse with each of my 3 pregnancies – exponentially so with the most recent. This is so helpful from a practical perspective of steps to take/things to look into, and also feeling less alone as I feel like no one ever talks about this issue! Thank you!

  2. Stephanie says:

    Thank you for sharing! What a frustrating experience, but so happy you’ve made progress! I’ve had swelling in my calves in the past couple of years-it didn’t happen until after my second. I swear it’s because my legs were so fluid overloaded after my c-section that it stretched everything out. While it doesn’t appear that bad to a physician-no outright edema or anything-it feels and looks different to me and is uncomfortable at times, though nowhere near as bad as yours. I’m trying to navigate it and am glad for this information on vascular surgeon vs. IR!

  3. Kelley says:

    Hi, can you let us know who this doc was? I have also been suffering for years with this and don’t know where to turn.

  4. Erica Nalbone says:


    I will be following this when it’s time for my veins to get help –

    Do you know, can you get pregnsnt after vein procedures or do you need to wait until you’re finished having kids? My doctors in hawaii has always told me best to wait until I’m done.


  5. Stephanie says:

    Hi! From time to time I check your blog to see if you ever updated on your varicose vein. Like you, I have had 4 pregnancies. My youngest just turned 2! I never planned to do much about my bad vein on my right leg until a year ago I got up in the middle of the night to nurse by baby and the vein BURST! It was bizarre and I didn’t know that could happen. It was so painful. I couldn’t walk for a week and took me several to recover from it. I do CrossFit/run and it was awhile before I could get back to my workouts. At the end of last year I spent 2 months doing ablations on my right leg. Greater saphenous and then the spot by my knee that burst. They wanted to do my left too but it doesn’t bother me at all so I didn’t proceed with that. Glad you made a post about this because there is not much information out there about it!

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