A Pain In The Vein: What Your Veins Are Trying To Tell You

There are certain parts of your body where it’s fairly normal to experience pain on occasion: your ankle after running, your wrist after doing too many pushups, your eyes after staring at a screen for too long, and your head after a stressful week of work. However, there are some parts of your body where it’s either rare or concerning for you to experience pain.

If you have started to notice pain coming from your veins, then this may be the sign of an underlying issue like vein thrombosis or cellulitis. This article will discuss what your veins are trying to tell you if they are hurting you. Read on to learn more.


Vein Thrombosis

If you are taking a blood clotting medication and have started to experience pain in your veins, then you may be suffering from a serious condition called vein thrombosis. By causing blood clots in your veins, if left untreated, vein thrombosis can cause your veins to become so clogged that they back up and get lodged into your lungs. Keep a close eye on your legs and veins if you are taking any sort of blood clotting medication.


In addition to causing your veins to sometimes throb, cellulitis is a skin condition that may cause your skin to become red and inflamed as well. Caused by bacteria, cellulitis is not known to be contagious but if left untreated, it can be life threatening. If you are experiencing any or all of these symptoms, contact either Dr. Heeringa or visit your urgent care center immediately. Remember that if caught early on, cellulitis is very treatable but the longer you wait, the more quickly it can escalate.

Varicose veins and spider veins aren’t painful, so if you think that your veins are hurting because of these conditions, that’s simply not the case. Instead, you may be suffering from vein thrombosis or cellulitis.

If you are experiencing severe pain in your veins, make sure to either contact Dr. Heeringa at Northern Michigan Vein Specialists in Traverse City MI or Cadillac MI right away, or head to your nearest urgent care center.