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My veins have become more visible. Chest, lower abdomen, arms, legs(none bulge) — is this normal because I'm really pale? Or a result of bcp and stress?

My veins have become more visible. Chest, lower abdomen, arms, legs(none bulge) — is this normal because I'm really pale? Or a result of bcp and stress?

Prominent veins: Prominent veins are normal in light colored/pale people. Veins can be hormone sensitive and bulge and cause pain during your cycle. Unless they become >2-3mm and painful I would ignore them. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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Very stressed/overwhelmed lately, right neck vein bulges and feels like it's gonna explode. I try to calm down n it feels soar. How do I relax?

Very stressed/overwhelmed lately, right neck vein bulges and feels like it's gonna explode. I try to calm down n it feels soar. How do I relax?

De-stressing: You can try massage, or shopping spree. Or if you were me, a musical concert (classical or symphonic, not hard rock or metal) and a glass of wine in the evenings. Good luck. ...Read more

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Could showing veins in chest be caused by stress?

Could showing veins in chest be caused by stress?

No.: They might be caused by holding your breath or yelling or other physical exertion but stress alone shouldn't cause them. If you have veins in your chest showing for no reason — see your doctor. This may be a sign of a deeper blockage such as superior vena cava syndrome. ...Read more

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Wondering if it's normal to have 2 veins protruding in the forehead when stressed or angry?

Wondering if it's normal to have 2 veins protruding in the forehead when stressed or angry?

Positional change.: The veins in the face just as the veins in the rest of the body change in size depending on changes in position as well as changes in levels of hydration and changes in pressure in the chest and abdominal cavity. In the face, the veins decrease with standing and increase with lying down. Straining or laughing increase the pressure in the chest which can increase the size of the facial veins. ...Read more

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Had a stress test turned out fine but they pulled out big needle from the bend of my arm, now vein is hard about 2 + inches why?

Had a stress test turned out fine but they pulled out big needle from the bend of my arm, now vein is hard about 2 + inches why?

Phlebitis.: This is inflammation of your vessel and should be treated with warm compresses and an anti inflammatory medicine like Motrin if you can take that. If it is not getting better or spreading up your arm or causing other body symptoms you should see someone right away. ...Read more

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Whenevery my husband gets extremely nervous/stressed his veins start to turn greyish and he often complains of a burning sensation. Is this dangerous?

Whenevery my husband gets extremely nervous/stressed his veins start to turn greyish and he often complains of a burning sensation. Is this dangerous?

Sympathetic surge: This sounds like a stress reaction that causes over activity of the sympathetic nervous system. This can cause surge in blood pressure, increased flow of blood into head and neck with distention of the bluish draining veins in the face and neck. This can cause stress on the heart and predispose to heart attack or stroke. He needs a thorough medical evaluation. He needs stress reduction. ...Read more

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Why would I see the vein sticking out only on left side of neck? Normal EKG, stress test and echocardiogram in Feb.and normal u/s of carotids in April.

Why would I see the vein sticking out only on left side of neck? Normal EKG, stress test and echocardiogram in Feb.and normal u/s of carotids in April.

It can be: Normal to have asymmetry in size of the jugular veins. However, if this represents a change from your normal appearance, see your doctor, because it could be a sign of obstructed venous flow. This would be very unlikely if you have no other symptoms, however. ...Read more

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Baby was crying excessively while nurse was trying to get blood. It took 10 minutes to get a vein. Can this stress alone cause a WBC of 25, 000?

No: Although as a parent, it is harrowing to see your child be in pain for any period, typically that short-lived of a period of stress would not cause such an immediate, profound increase in one's WBC count. It sounds like you are plugged in appropriately with a healthcare provider that can investigate the cause with you, of which there are many possibilities. ...Read more

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Annoying feeling in vain/arterie on right side temple. 23 years old. Very fit. Suffer from anxiety. Stress tests and everything are fine. Normal b/p?

Annoying feeling in vain/arterie on right side temple. 23 years old. Very fit. Suffer from anxiety. Stress tests and everything are fine. Normal b/p?

Anxiety: If "everything is fine" means you've had a thorough workup by your doctor(s) to rule out medical causes for "annoying feeling on side of temple," then get help for anxiety by seeing a mental health professional for an evaluation and guidance. Meantime, cut back stress and limit caffeine which can worsen anxiety. See: http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/topics/anxiety-disorders/index.shtml Best wishes ...Read more

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Veins are so fyn dat dey don't appear on my arm wen I went to give blood sample? Is dat a matter of concern? Plz reply urgently, . M stressed

Veins are so fyn dat dey don't appear on my arm wen I went to give blood sample? Is dat a matter of concern? Plz reply urgently, . M stressed

Not to worry: There are plenty of veins in the body that can be tapped by an experienced phlebotomist for blood collection. ...Read more

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I have a bulging vein on the top left side of my head been there for 3 months and doctor told me it's stress. I'm really concerned as it kinda hurts?

I have a bulging vein on the top left side of my head been there for 3 months and doctor told me it's stress. I'm really concerned as it kinda hurts?

Vein or artery: Are you sure it's a vein? If so, this may indicate nothing except that you are well hydrated. It could also mean higher than normal pressures in your chest, but this is unlikely. Given your age, its most likely just developmental. Follow up with your doctor if you remain concerned. If its an artery, it can be due to inflammation and your doctor may suggest some blood work. ...Read more

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I have like lumps in my forearms veins. In duplex ultrasound(no superficial, no deep thronbosis, no venous insufficiency). Noticeable in stress or cold?

I have like lumps in my forearms veins. In duplex ultrasound(no superficial, no deep thronbosis, no venous insufficiency). Noticeable in stress or cold?

Cysts: They could be some kind of cystic like lesions, for example sebaceous, lipomas or fibromas which are simple and non-malignant. They should cause you no harm. Good luck ...Read more

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Whenever I am very stressed I accommodate a sharp pain in the vein from the ring finger all the way to the heart.

Whenever I am very stressed I accommodate a sharp pain in the vein from the ring finger all the way to the heart.

Stress: Stress can cause all sorts of pains. The root cause is stress so that is what I would urge you to work on. Take a look at this excellent website: http://dawnbuse.com/relaxation.htm ...Read more

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Prominent blue veins showing in chest, looks like drawn on with marker. Had a stress test and blood work done months ago for pvcs, everything fine.

Prominent blue veins showing in chest, looks like drawn on with marker. Had a stress test and blood work done months ago for pvcs, everything fine.

One concern: If your physician has any reason to think you may have a tumor or blood clot obstructing your superior vena cava, ultrasonography is indicated. ...Read more

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Ext. Jugular vein sticks out. Dr listened with stethoscope &said it's fine. Had normal EKG, stress test &echo 9 months ago. What could benign causes be?

Ext. Jugular vein sticks out. Dr listened with stethoscope &said it's fine. Had normal EKG, stress test &echo 9 months ago. What could benign causes be?

Vein: A vein sticking out can be from anatomic means like a nearby artery pushing on the vein and causing back pressure. If your doc has examined you and finds nothing to worry about, it is likely some internal insignificant partial obstruction. Since you've had so many studies, your Doc should be able to advise you. ...Read more

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Veins in my calves/forearms are bulging and are painful and/or numb at times. I've been under stress/lost weight/been in contact w/ human waste Cause?

Veins in my calves/forearms are bulging and are painful and/or numb at times. I've been under stress/lost weight/been in contact w/ human waste Cause?

Veins: What form of contact did you incur?If worried re infection then be seen by a physician ASAP. Veins are usu seen in forearms and lower extremities as these are the most dependent parts, are more frequently exposed & thus visible.If there has been loss of fat below the skin visibility is enhanced. Do you have varicose veins? Get checked out by physical exam. ...Read more

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My left hand (back side) has pulling discomfort for the past 10-15 days.consulted doc, says maybe stress or hormonal. Bulging veins occasionally?

My left hand (back side) has pulling discomfort for the past 10-15 days.consulted doc, says maybe stress or hormonal.
Bulging veins occasionally?

Pain aling the left: Pain and numbness in the left hand, and usually felt in the entire arm and shoulder than well, could be the result of a myocardial infarction (heart attack).

Shortness of breath, pain into the throat, deep pain or pressure sensation underneath the breastbone, accompanied by pain in the hand and arm should be determined by a physician if the heart is the cause. ...Read more

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I developed cluster of tiny red vessels on my skull behind my ears. I remained extremely stressed in 2013 & discovered these veins. Should i b worried?

I developed cluster of tiny red vessels on my skull behind my ears. I remained extremely stressed in 2013 & discovered these veins. Should i b worried?

Behind your ears?: How did you find them? Can you feel them or were you just looking behind your ears because you couldn't find your car keys? :) My guess is that if your condition has been stable & there's no pain, no growth, no itching, no pus, no fluctuance in size, etc. & if it's on both sides of the head...no worries. If you'd like to show me what you have by WEBCAM then, make an appointment. Key Code: PDXFNR ...Read more

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The veins in my friend's hands and arms are expanding (in his words, "they look like a spider web") and he feels hot and panicky. He says the panic might be stress but im not so sure.

The veins in my friend's hands and arms are expanding (in his words, "they look like a spider web") and he feels hot and panicky. He says the panic might be stress but im not so sure.

Eval: Have your friend evaluated by his primary care physician. Once any physical abnormalities or ruled out get a referral for a second evaluation by a sick Kia tryst to assess for anxiety issues. Also, have your friend consider going to a reputable psychotherapist. ...Read more

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I'm 27yr old history of anxiety but and now stress. I have heart palpitations, tight chest and a bubble in chest feeling, also pronounced veins. Bad?

I'm 27yr old history of anxiety but and now stress. I have heart palpitations, tight chest and a bubble in chest feeling, also pronounced veins. Bad?

Dysautonomia – POTS: See MD. These symptoms may be from Dysautonomia Syndrome — see a Dysautonomia Specialist and read the Dysautonomia Project book, and see www.dysautonomiainternational.com. Increase fluid and salt intake, try magnesium supplements. Take Cardiamins with food twice daily, use discount code CMC to order from 1-888-769-458. Try Xxtra Low Oz from www.unicityhealth.com using discount code # 105579801. ...Read more

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Did a vein in my hand rupture? No physical damage to my hand. I am on Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) — I know a vasoconstrictive med? Was in high stress, then bulge & blue?

Did a vein in my hand rupture? No physical damage to my hand. I am on Adderall (dextroamphetamine and racemic amphetamine) — I know a vasoconstrictive med? Was in high stress, then bulge & blue?

UNLIKELY FROM MEDS: Bulge and blue in your hand without trauma and on meds adderal, nsaids and zoloft, (sertraline) in not likely to be caused by meds. You might have had mild trauma like you hit your hand against some hard surface to cause a bulge;blue. These kind of bruises get better by themselves and do not require any treatment. But if it keeps recurring or gets worse, consult your doctor. ...Read more

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I have high liver enzymes, eye pain, double/blurry vision, a bulky vein on the right side of my head, temples hurt. Doc says its stress, I don't. Help?

I have high liver enzymes, eye pain, double/blurry vision, a bulky vein on the right side of my head, temples hurt. Doc says its stress, I don't. Help?

High Anxiety: If you feel strongly that you have something going on that your doctor is not addressing, then I recommend you get a second opinion. Depending on how high your liver enzymes are, you should consider seeing a hepatologist. The bulky "vein" on your temple in the worst case scenario could be your temporal artery. There is a condition temporal arteritis, which is very serious. Ask Dr. about that. ...Read more

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Is throbbing vessels in back of head a cardio issue? Get head rushes from stress, exercise, heat, hot shower and can feel heartbeat in back of head.

Is throbbing vessels in back of head a cardio issue?  Get head rushes from stress, exercise, heat, hot shower and can feel heartbeat in back of head.

Several possibilitie: Does not sound cardiac! More like atypical migraine, histamine headache, and even more serious, temporal arteritis, which affects blood vessels in the cranium, other than the temporal artery. You need a thorough medical evaluation. Good luck! ...Read more

Dr. Ted King
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Veins (Definition)

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