What is vein pain?

Vein pain is a symptom in which veins are achy or painful. It is especially common in the legs and may occur with varicose veins or venous insufficiency (poor circulation).

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Vein pain may indicate a serious condition, such as deep vein thrombosis, which is a blood clot in the leg that can break loose from the leg and cause a pulmonary embolism in the lung, or a heart attack or stroke. It may also be caused by milder conditions, such as cellulitis, a common bacterial skin infection.

If you, or someone you are with, experience sudden or severe vein pain, seek immediate medical care (call 911) as this may indicate a life-threatening condition such as venous thrombosis (a blood clot within a vein).

If your vein pain is mild and persistent or causes you concern, seek prompt medical care.


What other symptoms might occur with vein pain?

Vein pain may accompany other symptoms, which vary depending on the underlying disease, disorder or condition.... Read more about vein painsymptoms


What causes vein pain?

Vein pain can result from a variety of causes, ranging from mild to severe. Commonly, vein pain in the legs occurs due to poor circulation, varicose veins, or cellulitis, a common bacterial skin disease. Vein pain in other parts of the body can be related to the outside temperature or muscle strain. In severe cases, vein pain can result from thrombophlebitis (vein swelling due to a blood clot) or a thromboembolism (a potentially life-threatening blood inflammation and clot in the veins).... Read more about vein paincauses

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