I have been diagnosed with venous reflux disease which essentially means that the valves that keep blood from pooling in your legs (mine is only one leg) stop working and you leg becomes heavy, swollen and painful the longer you sit or are inactive or on your feet.
I am set for surgery a week from tomorrow to close the faulty superficial vein and allow the other veins to take over. I have been told the vein that is faulty is causing this pooling and once closed the rest of my venous system will take over and my swelling and pain will be reduced. Okay, I'm buying into that because it hurts bad enough to where I've tried all other options.
As hard as it is for me to be optimistic about surgery and as scary as it is to me, I'm doing my best. And when my leg doesn't hurt, I feel great. Today I woke up, went to the gym to get my 10k steps in, came home and started working (which of course requires sitting at my desk). I got up more than a few times to move around, etc but as the day wore on my leg started to swell and hurt.
That puts me into a funk. That's the lack of mental toughness I'm missing. This isn't an overly dangerous diagnosis. It's only treated surgically if the pain becomes too great. I could probably go on like this for a few more years without any issues aside from the pain but yet when I see my leg get more red and swollen and feel the pain shooting from my lower leg upwards I panic. I get depressed too. I wish I was tough enough to just battle through the pain and keep charging forward. Instead I lay down, elevate the leg (which you are supposed to do) and start googling about my condition which leads to no good as many of us know.
i have compression stockings which can help and I wear them sometimes but when the leg gets swollen a bit they feel tight and uncomfortable. I haven't worn them the last couple days. Yesterday was okay, today was fine until just about 1/2 hour ago. I don't do well handling pain and what comes with it. But I know people, friends of mine, who just plow through pain. Why can't I be like that?
Has anyone else had the incline that doctors just don't seem to see the severity of the situation, I got a call, and I explained as much as I could, how long it's been going on, the constant car horns and intimidation I receive, how I cant sleep in my bed, don't leave the house, because of this absolute fear that something is going to happen to me, also the physical pains, across my head, neck,...
My nerves are not good at the best of times, but with covid they are worse, I am missing my older generation, pacific people that are long dead, I feel if they were alive I would be coping easier. We are living in wales and as Emma my daughter is a shielder due to her immunity being low we are expected to shield until august 16th. But can go out for a walk once a day, which would involve...