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Angela asked...

Dull ache in my leg

Hi - I have been having a mild dull ache in my left leg and ankle where the veins are on and off for a few years but it has recently traveled into my thigh/groin area. I have visible spider veins on my calf and ankle so I guess my question is should I have this checked? I've been to my GP on a few occasions with this but they never see to be concerned. I am a 31 year old female, 58kg, active.

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The answer

The spider veins can be caused by the backup of the blood flow in the vein, as well hormonal changes and injuries. Spider veins are not considered a serious health problem. However, they can cause uncomfortable feelings in the legs and some aches as you experience as well.

Considering that the pain is now in your upper leg as well, we would suggest to see your doctor again. They can examine you and request further investigations such an ultrasound to check the vein circulation in your legs.

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