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Sudden onset of varicose veins" i am a 25 year old male in very good physical condition. i exercise six times per week. over the last several weeks i have experienced swelling in the veins in my arms and legs. the swelling is visibly noticeable and occ

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Dr. Robert Andrews
Interventional Radiology 37 years experience
Are : Are you having any swelling in the arms or legs? If so, that might suggest a blockage in the veins. People who exercise vigorously can sometimes develop blockages in the veins that drain the arms. This is caused by squeezing of the viens in the neck by highly developed muscles. The condition goes by several names, but pagett-schroetter is the most well-known. This condition does not affect the legs, so would not explain those vessels' being enlarged. Without a physical exam, it's hard to know what's going on. If by now (four days after you asked the question) you are still having issues, it would probably be a good idea to visit your doctor and have him or her give you a quick check.
Dr. James White
Cosmetic Surgery 32 years experience
? Effort Thrombosis: Sudden onset of varicose veins of the upper extremity after exercise can be the result of a condition known as effort thrombosis. The major vein draining the blood from the arm passes between the ribs and the collar bone at the entrance to the chest cavity. This vein can be come pinched and develop thrombosis-usually seen in atheletic males. ? Relationship to lower extremity veins. Complex workup.
Dr. Albert Malvehy
Phlebology 22 years experience
See a specialist: If your veins came on suddenly there may be issues with deeper veins. Get checked by a vein specialist or phlebologist. Phlebology.Org for a referral.

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