Do you get the urge to use the bathroom in the middle of the night often? Maybe you drank too much? Maybe it’s your age? Maybe you have an infection? Maybe it’s your veins? Veins? Yes, believe it or not, frequent nighttime urination can be caused by a venous insufficiency. Venous insufficiency can be a serious issue, and should not be ignored.
Symptoms of venous insufficiency vary, and not all symptoms are obvious or common. For the most part, people with a venous insufficiency experience symptoms and problems in the forms of varicose veins and ulcers. So, how is venous insufficiency connected to frequent urination during all hours of the night? With a venous insufficiency, pressure builds up in the vein walls in the legs; the legs will begin to swell due to a buildup of fluids, including water and a protein serum that’s leaking from the thin wall. The leaking will occur during all leg-dependent activities, which is basically all movements (sitting, standing, walking).
As this protein serum leaks into surrounding areas, it enters the lymphatic system when a person is sleeping or laying down. When the serum mixes with the blood in the venous system, it causes the kidneys to filter excess water from the blood and store it into the bladder instead. The bladder begins to fill with urine. The more fluid in a person’s legs, the more fluid that ends up in the bladder, which means more urges to go to the bathroom to urinate. If a person is experiencing both leg pain and frequent nighttime urination, there is a very good chance they have a venous insufficiency.
As the venous condition worsens, the person will experience more pain, and more trips to the bathroom. It’s a lot easier for a person to spot a problem when it’s visible, so if there are physical signs of venous issues (discolored veins, painful legs, bulging veins), it’s time to talk to a doctor.
Have you been losing sleep due to frequent trips to the bathroom throughout the night? Are your legs sore? Painful? Heavy? Do you see changes in the skin or veins in your legs? If so, it’s time to see a vein specialist to diagnose exactly what’s going with your veins. Dr. Peter Mikhail is a vein specialist who treats patients in the Tampa, Clearwater, and New Port Richey areas of Florida. To book a consult with Dr. Mikhail, click here or call 727-312-4844.