I did a search and didn't come up with anyone else posting on this. Has anyone had pain from varicose veins? I've had pain in my left ankle and back of my knee for some time. It was a while before I discovered what it was as the veins are not very prominent. The pain isn't sharp, just a constant ache. It hurts most when sitting for long periods and in the morning. It used to hurt even when sleeping at night but that has gotten better recently. The pain also seems tied to hormonal changes. It's worse around ovulation and around my period. It feels better when I'm walking and doing other exercise. I've tried horse chestnut extract and pycnogenol, both to no effect. I also tried wearing some tight socks/hose to compress the area and keep it from swelling. That helps a little, but not much. Ibuprophen helps, but I don't want to be taking that indefinitely. Does anyone have ideas on what might help? Creams or herbal remedies or even doctor prescribed remedies that worked?