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Arteries are defined as blood vessels which carry blood away from the heart (to either the body or lungs). Arteries: higher pressure, thicker walls, stretch (pulse) with each heart contraction & deliver blood to the arterioles which control the flow to individual capillaries. Veins are blood vessels which carry blood from capillaries back to the heart (body to right heart; ...Read more
I have had a headache for several days. Now it is stronger with visible artery on the temple which pulsates. What is it?
Headache pulsing: Though the obvious artery can be associated with a benign headache, this is a situation where you need to be seen. There is a condition called temporal arteritis that can cause headaches but many more problems neurologically and it has to be treated to avoid those things. There are tests your doctor can order, or see a neurologist. ...Read more
I am just curious, is it normal to feel (with your fingertips) the artery above a temple? I can feel the one above my right temple, but not the left.
Do migraines cause temple arteries to bulge a bit? Their not noticeable but I can feel them and they pulsate. I am 18. No pain when I touch them.
No: Temporal arteries should be palpable normally. Migraine is a vascular headache intra-cranially, yet tenderness can occur extra-cranially. Migraines are also uni-lateral, one side of the head; tension headaches and other varieties may be bilateral... Temporal arteritis (ta), an autoimmune disease, can cause tenderness along the temporal artery. ...Read more
Can stress cause temple arteries to bulge and pulsate? Mine don't hurt when I touch them but I sometimes get very slight headaches. I'm anxious too.
Anger, maybe: In some people, temporal arteries may bulge when they're angry. There is also a condition called temporal arteritis which has little to do with stress, but everything to do with autoimmune response. It's usually found in people much older than 18. If concerned about yourself, please see your own physician for discussion and exam. Help for stress ; anger is available too, with psychologists. ...Read more
Ok well can TMJ cause problems like the temple artery to get thick/tough & bring on temple ha's my eyes have lil pain in them with all of this scared?
Most likely stress.: Most likely your pain is from bruxism (clenching or grinding your teeth). The amount of bruxing is directly proportional to the amount of stress you are under. "tmj" has become a catchall for all jaw pain. It actually refers to pain in the joint. Most other pain is due to muscle, teeth or nerves. There is a fine balance among all areas. You should see your dentist to determine the source. ...Read more
I can feel a bulging vein or artery on my temples and when I feel them they pulsate. Not that visible unless I stretch my skin. Slight headaches.
Normal finding: The temporal arteries and temporal veins lie immediately adjacent to each other. During exercise or increased activity, the arteries will pulsate because of increased heart rate and flow of blood. What you are seeing is the arterial pulsation. It looks like the vein pulsating because the vein sits over the artery and can move with the artery. ...Read more
Dr. Ronald krauser what do u think can b going on with me can it something life threatening thick/tough temple artery & pain around my ear? I'm scared
Doubt an abnormality: See a rheumatologist and have it evaluated. It is likely normal. ...Read more
Takayasu arteritis? Can I have this I'm 21 no health problems just that I get this temple artery that gets thick & tough with pain around my ear
No: Anything is possible but your description does not suggest this diagnosis. In addition, giant cell arteritis is incredibly rare in a 21 year old. ...Read more
Why be cuz I get lots of has & shooting pains n my head & temple artery pain do I think something is going to happen to me I had mri&ct 6mths ago?
Doctors please answer this thick/tough temple artery & pain by my ear can this b anything that can cause a blockage or anurysum I'm 21 sed/crp normal?
If the pain is by: If the pain is by your ear, it may tmj. If you wake up with headaches in the am and grind your teeth this can cause pain along the temporalis muscle. If these symptoms apply, see your dentist. ...Read more
What u think docs! I had a mra dec2012 now I'm getting temple artery thick/tough with pain by my ear should I have another mra? Scared 4 anuersyums
See your provider: If a high quality, well interpreted mra was normal in 2012, another mra will likely not be helpful. Please see your health care provider for further workup and/or additional consultations. ...Read more
Can this b TMJ thick/tough temple artery & ear pain almost feels like earache & sed/crp normal don't no what else this can b please help by answers?
Possibly: A dentist can help you sort it out and treat it if it is tmj. ...Read more
Even tho I'm not grinding or clinching my teeth why is my temple artery still getting tuff & thick sedrate normal ANA normal CRP normal what do I do?
Signs of clenching: You may have wear facets on several teeth (see picture), you may wake up with a tender jaw, you may wake up with a headache, you may have flat teeth or shiny fillings on back teeth, your teeth may have small fractures. See your dentist to evaluate you and fit you for a professional custom night guard. ...Read more
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I have noticed that a vein or artery is showing on my right temple. It is not painful, yet I've never noticed it before. Should I be concerned?
Scared about TA. Feel artery or vein on rt side above temple on scalp slightly bigger and sometimes slightly sensitive. Maybe from touching it alot?
You are: A little young for temporal arterits. Why don't you have your doctor take a look at the area in question. I seriously doubt that it is temporal arteritis for a number of reasons. ...Read more
I have what feels like an inflamed artery right above my eyebrow towards my temple area. Very close to eyebrow. What could this be?
Get ophthalmic exam: What you are describing may be temporal arteritis and if so needs urgent treatment to reduce the risk of blindness. ...Read more
Having temple twitches in my left temple, it kind of feels like something is crawling under my skin, scared it is my pulse as there is an artery there?
Severe migraines along side IIH. Monthly bouts of carotid artery pain R side, ear and temple, lightheaded. Normal MRAs. Could this be Carotidynia?
Yes, possibly: Your symptoms could be carotidynia, but could also be a variant of 1) temporomandibular syndrome, or 2) temporal arteritis, or 3) neuropathy of the trigeminal nerve, maxillary branch. Or, it could simply be complex pain radiation from your migraine syndrome. If it persists, you should see a neurologist or a neurologically oriented pain medicine MD ...Read more
I have pulsating arteries in my head. There's no pain, but they're just worrisome. What could this be?
Keep on Pulsing.: Pulsing arteries are completely normal and not a concern. If the arteries become tender, then that would be concerning. So, no worries and keep pulsing! ...Read more
I have a pin prick sensation and pain on my left fore head near that left artery... what may be the reason?
I was just told I have carotid arteries disease an I have been having pain on the right side of my head? Related?
I have a lazy head turning to the right I also have a blocked left artery in my neck is that the prob with my neck?
Probably not: However, you need to see a vascular surgeon. ...Read more
How do I know if it's a vein or an artery that hurts from time to time on the inside of the right side of my head? I'm worried
Hi I have a pulsig artery and a portruding vein on the right side of my head, seems to get worse at night, bp I fine, any suggestions?
Arteries in my head very visible. One on each side. I have no sign of illness. Can this be treated?
Why treat?: Those are your superficial temporal arteries. I'm not sure why you would want to mess with them, unless they are causing you emotional distress due to their unsightliness. They supply blood to the tissues of the scalp and temple. They can be enlarged during migraine headache attacks or inflamed in temporal arteritis. You don't seem to be suffering from either of these conditions, though. ...Read more
Clogged arteries: The symptoms depend on which brain blood vessels is clogged. Symptoms can range from speech difficulties, weakness of the arms or legs among other findings. ...Read more
What can block the return flow of blood from head in neck and what symptoms would present? Inflammation of head and neck arteries - cause or effect?
Atherosaclerosis: The carotid and vertebrall arteirs feed the head and brain with arterial blood. Progressive blockage of the arteries is known as atherosclerosis. When the blockage becomes severe enough the patient may have just symptoms like dizziness, headaches, lightheadedness or eventually a stroke and may lose motor function of a limb, or may even lose consciousness. ...Read more