About six weeks ago I went on a ride wearing some far too tight, cheap mail-order bib shorts. They said they were a medium, which is what I wear usually. I’m between 28" and 30" waist. However, these shorts felt very restrictive around my thighs and backside.
Anyway, shortly after a rare 100k club ride (I have a baby and toddler so I can’t get out much) I got what felt like a knot in my right calf. I used a foam roller, but couldn’t remove it, so I asked my wife to massage it. She couldn’t feel a knot. A few days later my ankle started itching and then the skin slowly darkened and I developed these brown splodges on the inside of my ankle
I went to the doctor a few days ago and she said the pigmentation was varicose ezchma. She thinks the knot feeling is a varicose vein. I have a rather gnarly George Hincapie varicous vein already, but that doesn’t hurt. This one isn’t visible as it feels deeper in the muscle but is really rather bothersome, particularly after TR workout when it feels heavy. It’s causing me restless legs at night.
During the diagnosis the doctor asked if I wore any tight clothing and that’s when I put two and two together about the bib shorts. She said the national health service no longer treat varicose veins and I will have to go private if I want to have them removed. She didn’t recommend surgery because she thought it could cause had long term problems. She did mention compression stockings.
Would anyone be able to offer some advice? Do you think cycling/running compression socks are a good idea? I have ordered some and I’ll so how I go on. They don’t ‘look very pro’, but I’m beyond caring about that at the moment. Do you think I should save up for an operation and will that affect my cycling? Is the doctor right to warn against having surgery? All the private surgery websites mention no long-term issues except the possibility of varicose veins developing in the future. I don’t know if I can trust them as they’re after money. However, I see their logic of removing a vein which isn’t functioning properly. My doctor seemed to think I should keep all my veins.
I’m worried that pain free cycling days are over, but I’m trying to be positive.