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Veins (Definition)

Veins are thin walled vessels that carry deoxygenated blood ...Read more


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Tree branch fell approx. 4 ft and hit head 5 days ago.  numb and bulging veins left arm, weak pulse left wrist. Slurring "s" words was amateur cage fighter pulled arm and chest muscle on left side 3 years ago, has swelling and feeling of pinched nerve und

Tree branch fell approx. 4 ft and hit head 5 days ago.  numb and bulging veins left arm, weak pulse left wrist. Slurring "s" words was amateur cage fighter pulled arm and chest muscle on left side 3 years ago, has swelling and feeling of pinched nerve und

Weak: Weak pulse and bulging veins in one limb could indicate a serious problem with the blood vessels in that region. Such problems, which include something called arterial dissection and something called venous thrombosis, could threaten the limb or your life. These sort of symptoms should be evaluated right away. Problems with the large arteries and veins in the neck or in a limb are usually first tested with an ultrasound, using a probe placed on the skin. There is usually no discomfort involved. ...Read more

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Why do my arm veins hurt when I cough?

Why do my arm veins hurt when I cough?

Difficult: To put two together as normal vein do not hurt let along during coughing? Second I do not know whether your anatomic description of "vein is identical what we physicians think veins are. When we are not able to examine the complaining person, sometimes we can't properly answer the question. Please check with your physician. That's the best advise I can give. ...Read more

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Suddenly my chest and arm veins are very visible?

Suddenly my chest and arm veins are very visible?

Not concerning.: The prominence of veins through the skin is affected by many factors including levels of hydration and dehydration, body temperature as well as outside temperature, medications and even levels of stress. Fair skinned people tend to have more easily visible veins than darker individuals and hereditary plays a strong role also. In a healthy person, visible veins are usually not of any concern. ...Read more

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I just noticed my chest and arm veins are very visible but no pain?

I just noticed my chest and arm veins are very visible but no pain?

SEE PCP ASAP: Prominent veins in arms and chest are a very serious concern. Should be checked for blockage of veins draining blood from these areas of body like blood clots or some mass pressing on large veins in the chest. ...Read more

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Please help there's bumps around my arm veins and not sure what it is?

Please help there's bumps around my arm veins and not sure what it is?

Bumps: If you can upload an image it would greatly help to evaluate the condition and provide recommendations. ...Read more

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Left arm vein is blue and in pain, what should I do?

Left arm vein is blue and in pain, what should I do?

If you feel: Also that the vein is firm, can't be collapsed you may have a clot in the vein. Did you give blood, was blood taken for a test, was the vein used for IV medications, was trauma involved, was you arm pit examined, was thoracic outlet syndrome excluded, etc. Etc. So many things that only a good md could look for and detect. Before treatment is diagnosis... Se a doctor... ...Read more

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Can women have dilated arm veins?

Can women have dilated arm veins?

Yes.: Veins return blood back to the heart and can carry a large volume of blood. Depending on many factors including levels of hydration, genetics, outside temperature and even physical activity, the size of the veins will vary. Another important function of the veins is to help control body temperature and this too will affect vein size. Also with aging, veins enlarge as tissue volume decreases. ...Read more

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Hey I have small painless bumbs in my under arm veins When its cold they show more what can this be I'm 21?

Hey I have small painless bumbs in my under arm veins When its cold they show more what can this be I'm 21?

Depends: This could be so many things. It sounds harmless and could be a lymph node or calcified nodule. If its larger than a pea, immobile, red or painful you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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Why do abscesses occur months after the stopping of IV usage in arm veins? Re-occurring abscesses in arm veins

Why do abscesses occur months after the stopping of IV usage in arm veins? Re-occurring abscesses in arm veins

Abscesses: Abscesses are the result of chronic bacterial infections in the dermis that rupture through the skin to release their infected contents (pus). They are more frequently acquired in patients who have immune deficiencies such as hiv/aids, diabetes, cancers, other coexistent inflammatory conditions like rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, are malnourishment. They can be acquired from minor trauma to the skin such as squeezing a pimple, a retained splinter, or repeated body piercing, skin popping drugs and even from a clean hospital acquired iv. One of the most notorious offenders is methicillin resistant staph aureus mrsa. As the name applies this bacteria is resistant to most standard antibiotics and tends to colonize your skin, nasal cavity, groin and axilla. If you have had to have multiple sessions of IV administered therapies it is likely you may be suffering from a chronic debilitating disease and you have been exposed to hospital or clinic environments where MRSA is frequently found. You need to check with your physician about this specific problem and avoid any unsafe practices. ...Read more

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Right arm vein hurts by my wrist. Dr. Says it might be gout but even with meds the pain is still there and so is the swelling. What could it be?

Right arm vein hurts by my wrist. Dr. Says it might be gout but even with meds the pain is still there and so is the swelling. What could it be?

So here's the: Thing, if gout is the presumptive diagnosis a simple tap of the region (tap means doctor taking a sample with needle) would confirm that diagnosis. In the event, it's not gout, an abcess, or infection presents Similiarly, and that should be considered, a clot could develop in a vein, less common in wrist but very painful when it occurs. ...Read more

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Having on going superficial clot in my left arm vein for months now. It just pops up and then it goes away. Dr said not to worry. Can this go into dvt?

Having on going superficial clot in my left arm vein for months now. It just pops up and then it goes away. Dr said not to worry. Can this go into dvt?

Superficial clot.: Superficial vein clots are generally not worrisome as they're too small to really do anything bad. Try putting a warm soak onto the area in question twice daily for a while - see if this helps the clot to dissolve. ...Read more

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During venipuncture yesterday, the needle went through the arm vein. Now the ulnar nerve is paining. No visible hematoma. Is it internal bleeding?

During venipuncture yesterday, the needle went through the arm vein. Now the ulnar nerve is paining. No visible hematoma. Is it internal bleeding?

Possibly irritated: I don't understand how venipuncture can get to the ulnar nerve but it can certainly puncture some other nerves. I suspect that the pain will be transient lasting no more than a week. If the problem persists beyond that or not improving, better contact your doctor Ice the area if the pain is unbearable. ...Read more

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Isolated petechia comes &goes, normal CBC 2 mos ago, bruised arm vein from carrying 30lb baby far. Worried about leukemia but doctors aren't. Ideas?

Isolated petechia comes &goes, normal CBC 2 mos ago, bruised arm vein from carrying 30lb baby far. Worried about leukemia but doctors aren't. Ideas?

Repeat CBC and: Coagulation studies in 1 month, if everything turns out okay then you are probably okay. Keep the close relationship with your doctor. And take good care of that baby. Thanks for trusting in HealthTap. ...Read more

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I have these small red bumps all over my arm, and they are getting worse. Also, can this rash effect the heart? Do rashes affect pain in arm veins?

I have these small red bumps all over my arm, and they are getting worse. Also, can this rash effect the heart? Do rashes affect pain in arm veins?

Impossible to say: How can you expect an answer when one cannot even visualize the rash? See a dermatologist. It is highly unlikely that the rash is associated with cardiac issues. ...Read more

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I can see the veins in my left arm. They are not bulging and not painful. It comes and goes. Some days I don't see it. What could cause this?

I can see the veins in my left arm. They are not bulging and not painful. It comes and goes. Some days I don't see it. What could cause this?

Normal: Veins return blood to the heart and have different filling capacities and wall tone. This is not an illness unless the veins are red hot and tender. ...Read more

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When my arm is in pain the veins bulge up and is all green, why?

Muscular strain: When your arm experiences pain the muscles in that arm contract from stress and tension and that can cause the blood vessels in that area to show more prominently. ...Read more

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Why do I have veins in my arm that start to bulge only when I lift weights?

Why do I have veins in my arm that start to bulge only when I lift weights?

How Vein are you..: As you begin to lift weights, the muscles begin to engorge with blood to handle the increase of their metabolic needs. This engorgement of the muscles causes them to enlarge or become "pumped up". The enlarged muscle pushes the veins closer to the surface of the skin where they are easily seen. When the muscle deflates after lifting the veins sink deeper in to the skin. ...Read more

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Why do I have very bulging veins on my arms if I don't make any type of exercise?

Why do I have very bulging veins on my arms if I don't make any type of exercise?

Genes: Great genetic variation in how big our veins are. I have huge veins in my arms and hands! Count yourself lucky, in case you one day need an IV ...Read more

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76 y old has sudden bulging vein on inner part of arm. Not sore or discolored. Concern?

Buldging Vein: Bulging of the veins is a symptom that commonly occurs in different conditions, such as thrombophlebitis, pregnancy, older age, and congenitally defective valves in the veins. Varicose veins are dilated, often distorted, and swollen veins that may be painful. Varicose veins are most frequently seen in the legs. See a vascular surgeon for therapy. ...Read more

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The veins in my wrists and arms hurt I get shooting pains in them. There's no redness or bulging they look normal but very painful?

The veins in my wrists and arms hurt I get shooting pains in them. There's no redness or bulging they look normal but very painful?

Probably normal: It is unusual for arm veins to to hurt unless they are inflamed or have a clot in them. What you describe does not go along with either one. I do not think that your veins are the cause of the problem. Something else is causing your pain. ...Read more