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Hey there,

I'm 27/female, obese.

I have chronic cramps in my gastrocnemius, and I've started developing spider veins.

I've had lots of tests done to try and figure out why I have chronic cramping, and the doctor tells me to lose weight, but I'm struggling to lose weight.

I read that spider veins can be related to circulation, and so can muscle cramps.

Could they be related? Or just coincidence the veins are showing up on the backs of my legs?

Spider veins are usually caused by a backup of blood from varicose veins, but they may also result from sun exposure, injury or hormonal changes. obesity leads to all kinds of problems from varicose veins to sleep apnea, heart disease and so forth, you are so young, have you discussed weight loss surgery with your doctor?  leg cramps can be from a number of things including varicose veins, dehydration, decreased potassium / magnesium. I know it is hard to lose weight, I am overweight too, I know its hard, but at 27, you have so much to enjoy and accomplish! talk with your doc about more help than telling you what to do! I hope this helps, lauri

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Lauri Ordway


I can answer your questions related to your circulation, your peripheral vascular system. This includes all arteries and veins except those inside the head and inside the heart. For example, neck (carotid), arms (carotid subclavian bypasses to Thoracic Outlet) belly (aortic aneurysm & occlusive disorders, renal artery stenosis), legs (iliac, femoral, popliteal, peroneal, dorasalis pedis, posterior and anterior tibial) arteries. Aneurysm & occlusive disease, atherosclerosis, leg pain, arterial wounds and gangrene, amputation prevention. Arterial Bypass, Reynaud’s, Buerger's disease (thromboangiitis obliterans), Thoracic Outlet and other circulation disorders. Vein disorders: Blood Clots (DVT), post-phlebetic syndrome, varicose veins, venous stasis ulcers. I can help with vascular wounds from diagnosis to treatments. I have worked extensively with VNUS Closure and EVLT (Laser) for varicose veins and can describe pre and post procedure expectations and describe the procedures themselves. I can't help with spider veins or cosmetic vein treatment, we don't do it. I have 15 years of wound care experience, arterial, venous, trauma and diabetic wounds for example. **I CANNOT answer questions about STENTS or STENTING, heart disease, blood pressure, brain aneurysm although I can help with questions about the arteries that go to and from those organs.


I am a nurse, I worked for 15 years with two terrific peripheral vascular surgeons, and one of them is also the inventor of very innovative wound care products and surgical instruments to make vascular surgery procedures better and faster. I wrote and manage the clinic website and field questions from patients all over the world. I am now working with another vascular surgeon and wound care expert, which has given me an opportunity to widen my horizons as I learn another excellent physician's preferences and benefit from his experiences in this amazing specialty.

I am an LPN, licensed in Minnesota

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