Many people have leg symptoms that may be attributed to abnormal leg veins, or chronic venous insufficiency (varicose, reticular, and spider veins). Some of these leg symptoms include tiredness, itching, heaviness, pain, and cramps. In more severe cases, people with vein disease may notice leg swelling, leg eczema, and potentially ulcers in extreme cases. Symptoms are often worse with prolonged sitting or standing, long distance travel, and heat exposure. Abnormal veins are often inherited and are also much more common in women than men due to the female hormones estrogen and progesterone. Pregnancies, being overweight and inactive, smoking, previous blood clots, and prolonged sitting or standing can cause or worsen abnormal veins. It is important not to disregard symptoms of chronic venous insufficiency. Consider seeing your health care professional and requesting a referral to Concept Medical for a detailed vein assessment.