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Can't Find A Vein
Your veins run: Deep in your arm. They are not superficial. Therefore one must dig to find veins. ...Read more
If you are dehydrated it may be difficult for someone to find a vein. Some people also have very small veins as their anatomy. Please drink plenty of water prior to having a blood draw. ...Read more
Other options: Getting IV access is vital in an acute scenario. At times, antecubrtal areas are not helpful. At these times, the top of the foot, inguial area or subclavian access may be needed. These are harder to access but are ususally successful. Inguial sticks access the femoral veins and must only be done by experienced hands, same for a subclavian or central-line approach. ...Read more
Pea size lump on top of right testicle, not hurt, can't always find, is the normal vein lump there or should I check it out?
Epididymal cyst: What you describe is likely an epididymal cyst. These are benign and do not need treatment. Just to be safe, you should let your physician check it though. ...Read more
Not unusual: Some people have veins that are either deeper or more difficult to cannulate. Sorry but that is normal. ...Read more
Have MD draw blood.: There are many options for drawing blood if it cannot be taken from the routine areas. This occurs periodically with children, with adults with no veins and in a trauma setting. The options would be to hydrate and warm the person and re-evaluate. Next try using a vein lite or syris head light to find the veins followed by ultrasound identification of the subclavian vein or a femoral vein stick. ...Read more
Tongue hurts: My right vein under my toung hurts?? I don't know why. ANS: I don't know either but can do consult so I can see tongue and then answer better. Here for next 2 hours. ...Read more
Anatomy: Simple answer - the portal venous system carries blood away from the intestines to the liver (where nutrients are metabolized). ...Read more
Medical options: Varicose veins are due to leaking valves in the saphenous vein system. There is a strong hereditary component. There are many potential home remedies such as horse chestnut, witch hazel and certain kinds of berries but none of these work well. If you have varicose or spider veins, then you should see a vein specialist for a venous evaluation including a venous ultrasound. Support hose may help. ...Read more
So I can stand for hours on end as long as I move around and don't stand still. And I won't have vein problems like cvi?
Not so: While prolonged standing makes vein problems worse there is no guarantee that walking around will 100% avoid them. ...Read more
Why are my veins sometimes very dark so I can see most of them? They don't stick up they justare darker and more eaasily seen
Dark veins: Firstly veins carry deoxygenated blood so they are naturally darker. Secondly if they are closer to the skin like most are and you have light skin they will be more obvious. ...Read more
I had the VNUS closure procedure done 1 wk ago. My vein still looks vericosed. Does this mean it didn't work? When can I expect to see results?
Depends: The vnus closure uses rf energy to seal varicose veins where the catheter was placed. During the seal process, the vein is thrombosed. The sealed vein will, over time be absorbed by the body. Until that time, the vein maybe visible or palpable. Absorption should be completed by the body over 4-8 months. Often times patients require added sclerotherapy for associated varicose veins post vnus. ...Read more
I'm noticing very green veins all over my body much more noticeable than usual. Is this a problem? It doesn't hurt it's just physical appearance.
Green Veins, Problem: It is possible that it could be a problem. The main concern is that you could be developing varicose veins, which can be a medical problem if they progress. Varicose veins most commonly form on the legs & tend to bulge out. If the veins have a more normal appearance & are throughout your body, then it may be that you are well hydrated & have light complexion & then there is nothing to worry about. ...Read more
Low pressure: We don't know everything about how atherosclerosis works, but we do know that there has to be a certain stretch on the wall for it to get going. Venous pressure is of course much lower than arterial pressure. In the pulmonary arteries, atherosclerosis occurs when, and only when, pulmonary arterial blood pressure approaches sytemic arterial pressure. ...Read more
Connective tissue: Veins (in the hands, especially) tend to be fixed only at branching points. Tough connective tissue holding them in one place is only present in certain anatomical locations. In the rest of the hand and arms, the veins may "roll" or move through the tissue plane they are in. This is totally normal. ...Read more
Maybe: A small blood vessel in your eye. Neck vein may get engorged but they will not "pop" when you yell mainly the upper body veins register an increase pressure, but as I said besides the eyes I have not heard of any other place by simply yelling... ...Read more
You bleed: Although some bleeding is usual after a traumatic puncture or laceration, the way to identify if you damaged a big vessel is by the amount of bleeding and the difficulty in stopping the bleeding. If you damaged a vein you would see that blood flow is continuous while if you damaged an artery the blood flow would be pulsatile. ...Read more
Phlebitis: An inflamed vein is another name for superficial phlebitis. This can occur for many reasons but is commonly due to IV insertions, medications and even sclerotherapy. The vein becomes tender and hard. Initial treatment is with warm compresses, and anti-inflammlatories. If this doesn't resolve it, then evacuation or even local excision of the vein can be done but usually at a later time. ...Read more
Swelling bruise: A 'popped vein' may mean that the vein 'leaked'. Veins are tubes containing blood -so they don't pop like a balloon. However, if a vein is injured -usually a direct impact or injury - the vein can 'suddenly' leak. In that case, you would experience a rapidly developing bruise with swelling and sometimes pain. A normal vein clots quickly, so the leak will stop limiting the swelling. ...Read more
Black and blue.: If a vein is damaged from trauma, usually you will see discoloration of the skin either immediately after the injury or several days later. This occurs from blood escaping from the vein and leaking into the skin. Initially this may be dark (black and blue) and over several days as the body absorbs the blood, the color changes to yellow and then resolves. ...Read more
No flow: I assume you mean a vein that recently had a needle or iv. Veins may collapse or blow when fluid goes through them or blood is drawn from them. Phlebitis, inflammation of the vein, or a lumpy spot called a thrombosis may result. Neither is serious. Both are treated with warm compress and advil or tylenol (acetaminophen) for pain. ...Read more
Depends on cause: Varicose veins sometimes make veins 'pop' or become noticeable on the skin surface. These veins often look abnormally 'twisty' or like odd bulges on the skin surface. Sometimes veins bulge to help us regulate body temperature, like after exercise or when it is hot outside. And, sometimes they appear to 'pop' out because the person has less body fat or soft tissue - weight lifters are an example. ...Read more
Usually 7 to 10 days: If a vein is bruised this usually results in bleeding either under the skin to form a hematoma (trapped clotted blood) or from the skin directly. Veins injured below the skin with a hematoma will take about 7 to 10 days to heal while a vein bleeding from the skin will usually stop with direct pressure and heal within 5 to 7 days. ...Read more
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