I have had varicose veins since about 17 years of age. From 16 onwards I never showed my legs off. I did A-levels at school and wore thick tights and knee length skirts in the winter and long floaty skirts in the summer / all to cover up my legs. When I worked in a restaurant from the age of 18 - 22 they would be so painful, despite wearing sensible shoes and support tights, under my trousers, I would often go home and cry and spend the evening with them propped up. Obviously I have hidden my legs ever since. So the Sun sensitivity and hiding my legs from the sun wasn't an issue for me. I only used to wear shorter clothes when abroad - where no one knew me so I didn't care what they thought of my legs. Obviously all that has stopped now with the sun. Anyway, 3 children later and my legs are terrible for a 42 year old. The thread veins are considerable. The varicose veins bulge. If I bruise them the mark never quite goes. They get itchy. The skin feels so tight over them. I have suffered venous eczema too and scratched and made my legs bleed, on numerous occasions, although as my lupus has become more controlled on hydroxy and 3g MMF, so has the itching. Has anyone had VV or spider veins linked to their lupus or a form of vasculitis? Such as cutaneous vasculitis or lupus vasculitis for example. Excuse the photo it's not the best but lighting is difficult. Wanted to give you an idea of what mine look like. There is just so much to learn about lupus and there may be no link. Just curious.