I have had a small varicose vein on my shin for years. Suddenly, it worsened and a few more popped up, then a rather large, painful one appeared on my inner thigh almost over night. I saw a vein surgeon, who did an ultrasound and determined the vein down my leg is in complete valve failure. My insurance will not pay for ELT until I do a trial period of compression stockings for 8-12 weeks. I am in so much pain, even with the stockings!!! The lower leg feels better. My inner thigh/groin area is very tender and I noticed a small bean sized lump near the crease of my inner leg, sort of where my underwear leg band passes. It seems that is the source of pain and it radiates down and around the back of my thigh!! Could this be the 'bad' vein or is it something else?? lymph node? I have 7 more weeks before I return to the doctor to submit the procedure to my insurance for approval and the pain is wearing me down.