Pain in the Vein

posted by Momo Fali on June 1, 2011

Back in January I bought a couple of Groupons. One for 18 weeks of boot camp (did I tell you that I’ve GAINED two pounds?) and one for sclerotherapy.

What’s that fellas and kids under 35? You don’t know what sclerotherapy is? Well, it’s when a doctor injects a solution into your blood vessels to eliminate spider veins.

Yes, that’s right. I bought a Groupon for cosmetic surgery and I’m telling you about it on my blog. Who loves self-deprecation? *Stands up* *Waves hand*

But, people, this is ME we’re talking about. I can’t just go in and use my Groupon for vein surgery without getting a pre-operative ultrasound that shows I have honest-to-goodness venous insufficiency. That’s a fancy way of saying my blood pumps the wrong way.

Left untreated, the burning pain I feel in my legs (that I always assumed was nerve pain) would get worse and I would likely end up with some bulging, varicose veins…which would really kind of put a damper on swim suit season.

So before I can have the sclerotherapy, I have to get vein ablations in both legs. Today I go in for my left leg and next week, my right.

Clearly, you can see the good in this situation right? No? Well, let me tell you!

I am preemptively striking against bulging veins (good), the pain and burning in my legs will improve (good), then I can have sclerotherapy to get rid of the spider veins I’ve had since high school (good) and I’m pretty sure they’re going to give me Morphine (better).

The downside? A week of wearing a thigh-high compression stocking in 90 degree heat.

So, while I’m lying in front of a fan and sleeping off some medicine you should head over to my post about Gatorade Moms where BlogHer is giving one of my readers a $100.00 gift card to Dick’s Sporting Goods!

If you win, could you pick me up some cute compression capris?


  • Caroline

    Dude, I am totally getting this done. Someday. I mean the sclerotherapy, not all the weird shit that only YOU would have to get done. 🙂

    I’ve had spider veins on my leg since I wiped out on my bike at Barrington playground in 6th grade – a lifelong reminder of that humiliation.

    Can’t wait for you to tell us whether or not it hurts…..

  • BEAN

    Oh my. Now I see. Cool that the surgeries flank 40. Sha.

    Caroline’s first paragraph above. Word.

    • Momo Fali

      I know, right? It makes my 40th extra awesome.

  • Tara R.

    Sounds kinda painful, but I hope the procedure is successful and gives you some much needed relief. Good luck!

  • Kelsey

    I found your blog from 24 and now you have left me cringing! Ha, really though, I never even knew such a thing existed and that sounds awful having to wear compression stockings. I am looking forward to reading more of your adventures!

  • UP

    I think you are wise. V/C veins are painful, and can be dangerous.

    And besides, the day after I win the lottery, I’m so much ‘work’ done, I’ll have to do a photo shoot for the blog!


  • Deb @ San Diego Momma

    This is totally off the subject, but speaking of people over 35…
    The other day? In a bathroom full of women “my age?” The topic of conversation was gum replacement therapy.
    Not “can I use your Sebastian hairspray” or “can I borrow your Mac LipGlass?” It was “Whose doing your gum replacement therapy?”

    In related news, your veins are going to look great! And just asking: Did you want the compression capris or the compression jeggings? Both are totally in right now among my age group.

    • Momo Fali

      Not even kidding…my best friend saves all of our old emails and the subjects went from stuff like “party” and “weekend getaway” to “fiber”.

  • SurprisedMom

    I got ’em. The varicose and spider veins. I know have an inkling of what I will have to do to get rid of them. Let me know if it hurts. The morphine doesn’t sound bad, though. (If I squint real hard, I might see 40 again. Nah. Never mind.)

  • Angella

    I have spider veins thanks to my pregnancy with Emily. I’ll be getting them fixed one day and you KNOW I’ll blog about it. 😉

  • Angie [A Whole Lot of Nothing]

    If I told you my mom had this done and feels much better since?

  • Shea

    Totally with you on the whole spider vein deal. My thighs look like a roap map. Ugh. Would totaly love to do this although I would have to say I might try it in the winter. The idea of wearing compression stockings in our 90 + degree weather is not so appealing. Good luck with the rest of your treatment! Be sexy! 🙂

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