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A 16-year-old female asked:

the vein at the left side of my neck feels swollen especially when i try to get up from bed. why is it like that?

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Dr. John Landi
Phlebology 47 years experience
Normal: Neck veins distend when we lie with our head lower than our heart or when we strain. With straining, the pressure within the chest increases and the blood flow through the neck veins decrease resulting in them enlarging.When straining is stopped, the pressure in the chest decreases and flow continues through the neck veins so they become less engorged.

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Last updated Aug 22, 2018

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