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Causes Of Protruding Leg Veins
I have protruding veins with knots in my left leg below the knee. It is now coming up back of leg with soreness. What causes this?
Bad Veins: What you are describing are varicose veins with either areas of enlarged varicosities (look like grapes) or areas of superficial phlebitis (clotted veins), either way you should see a vein specialist for a full venous evaluation including a venous reflux ultrasound to make the diagnosis and help to determine the treatment plan. ...Read more
I have a long vein in my mid to lower thigh that is sticking out more than before but doesn't look varicose. If I raise my leg is disappears. Cause?
For proper diagnosis: Have it medically evaluated.Get a more detailed answer ›
My right leg great saphenous vein sticking out causing a vein to pop out on my shin would getting rid of the saphenous vein cause more?
A vascular surgeon: Would be the best to consult, but start with your primary doctor, good luck ...Read more
Close leaking valves: Varicose veins are a result of malfunctioning valves usually in the saphenous system. The first step in treatment would be to obtain a venous reflux ultrasound to make the diagnosis and help plan treatment which could be laser or radiofreqency closure of the valves usually with microphlebectomies and possible sclerotherapy or ultrasound directed sclerotherapy. You should see a vein specialist. ...Read more
It's doubtful: Anything will have a significant impact on the size of varicose veins. Pycnogenol has some weak evidence that it may increase the strength and elasticity of varicose veins and it, along with other herbs/supplements may slightly improve symptoms. But, no supplement has ever been convincingly demonstrated to make varicose veins shrink. See a vein specialist if you want to eliminate them. ...Read more
Maybe: If you can feel it with your hands it is likely arterial blood. Should have this evaluated. ...Read more
I have a protruding vein on my upper leg, it is bluish, whenever I excercise the area on and around it does not flush but stays white. Problem?
Probably not.: With exercise veins tend to dilate (relax) to accompany increased blood flow, and to allow cooling. The surrounding tissue will not change much. If your observation is without symptoms, don't worry about it. ...Read more
Veins are common.: Both varicose and spider veins are very common and there are reports that 30 to 40 percent of the population may have some form of vein problems. There are varying degrees of vein issues from minor spider veins to extensive varicose veins, venous ulcers and even clots. See a vein specialist for a venous evaluation. ...Read more
Venous insufficinecy: Visible veins on the legs are usually the result of venous insufficiency. The insufficiency may be in the skin [resulting tiny spider veins], or below the surface of the skin [ causing tiny and varicose veins] or in deep veins. It is best to have this evaluated by a vein specialist, often with aid of an ultrasound to see how best to treat. Weight loss or fat loss also makes veins more visible. ...Read more
Not advised: Would wait at least a few weeks if possible, especially if larger varicose veins were treated. Although the risk of blood clots is low after sclerotherapy, there is still a small risk of this and you don't want to take any chances. When u do fly, make sure to wear your compression stockings, walk in the aisle during the flight, & do some calf raise exercises during longer flights. ...Read more
Should be safe.: Blood drawing is usually done from hand and arm veins because it is technically easier and more accessible. There are occasions when blood is drawn from both superficial or deep leg veins but these carry a higher risk of potential complications especially phlebitis (superficial or deep). As a precaution, blood is only drawn from the leg veins if no hand veins are available. ...Read more
Probably.: Veins can enlarge and shrink for many reasons most commonly levels of hydration, genetics, aging, sun exposure, temperature changes and even skin color being more prominent in fair skinned people. In anorexia you loose body fat and because you are so thin, the veins become more prominent and easily seen since they are not covered by fatty tissue. ...Read more
I have a vein in my left leg that hurts. It is becoming larger and protruding. This vain is on my left leg above my knee on the outside of my leg. Is there a major artery there?
Seems like vein.: What you are describing appears to be a varicose vein. There are no major arteries in that location and under the skin. Varicose veins do occur in this area and are usually due to malfunctioning valves in either the saphenous vein or anterior accessory saphenous vein. A venous reflux ultrasound would make the diagnosis and help to formulate a treatment plan. ...Read more
I had an ultrasound showing only reflux of the leg veins, both legs. I wear compression with little relief. Is there any hope for my condition?
Venous Reflux: Malfunctioning of the valves in the venous system can lead to reflux (blood going backwards). This can lead to increased venous pressure and then symptoms of aching, cramping, swelling and pain as well as varicose veins. If support hose does not help then you may need to consider a venous closure procedure. See a vein specialist for a full venous evaluation. ...Read more
Two protruding dots on anterior lower leg. They stick out more when flexing leg. Is this common of varicose veins, aneurism, or myofascial hernia?
My brother has blocked carotid arteries and leg veins. Can physicians operate on both at the same time?
Not a good idea: Carotid occlusive disease and it's corresponding operation are very serious issues that should not be combined with surgery for varicose veins. Both have a great deal of importance but the more important and serious of the two should be addressed first-carotid endarterectomy. The varicose vein surgery can be done anytime thereafter. ...Read more
Yes - w/o treatment:
Dvt can break free from your deep veins, travel through your bloodstream, and lodge in your lungs. This clot can block blood flow in your lungs, which can strain your heart and lungs. This pulmonary embolism is a medical emergency. Dvt can also lead to chronic vein problems and swelling
treatment with blood thinners is very effective in reducing risk. Compression stocking also recommended. ...Read more
I've had a protruding artery inside my left leg above the knee for several mths/yrs but now varicose veins too lower down. I keep very fit. Any ideas?
Artery?: I am guess that you probably have a protruding vein. If it has a pulse and protrudes, you definitely want to see a vascular surgeon. On the other hand, it it is a vein (as I am guessing) then it is likely connected to your other varicose veins. A visit to a vein specialist (phlebologist) for a venous ultrasound evaluation can sort out the problem. From there treatment can be recommended. ...Read more
Achy dull ache in right calf, swelling at FRONT of leg with a sticking out vein, don't think its serious as no swelling in calf, protein s Defiency.
Pinching in posterior lower leg when walking, sometimes sitting. There is a vein sticking out but the pinching is not in same area. Ultrasound normal?
Evaluate Achilles: Need to look at structures in the lower leg. The Achilles tendon is big player here. This can be vascular, neurological and muscular issues that need to be evaluated. The sticking out of the vein may be a clue - need to know why it is sticking out. ...Read more
I notice that I have alot of blue veins sticking out of my ankles, feet, legs they do not hurt. Should I be worried? Is it because im more active? 18yd
My dad has spinal stenosis, angioplasty work before, and his veins are now sticking out of his legs. Should I be worried?
It depends: You present 3 separate diagnoses. Spinal stenos is narrowing of the spinal canal. If pain in back and/or legs is severe it needs attention of a spinal doctor. I assume the angioplasty was of a coronary artery. If he has chest pain, it is something to worry about. Distended leg veins are usually varicose veins and are nothing to worry about. If he has leg pain, try elastic stockings. ...Read more
My father is is in his late 50s and isn't very healthy he has near his knee veins protruding out they look very swollen?
Multiple options.: Varicose veins are due to leaking (refluxing) valves usually in the saphenous vein system. There is a gold standard of treatment and lesser ways to treat these veins. The gold standard is to have a venous reflux exam and laser closure of the leaking valves followed by microphlebectomies or sclerothrapy of the vv. Lesser treatments would be support hose and observation. See a vein specialist. ...Read more
I have a vein in my upper right thigh that seems to be protruding out as the day goes on. The doctor said its not varicose. I'm 33 white female approximately 5'10 and 140 pounds. I'm physically active and am currently training for a half marathon.
Should be evaluated: You should probably get an opinion from a phlebologist or other physician who specializes in treating vein disease. Many primary care physicians know relatively little about this topic and sometimes give patients incorrect answers. ...Read more
I hav varicose vein behind knee, in this place under the skin I can feel pea size lump, not protruding. Vein not painful. Is the lump sth serious?
Maybe: While the veins themselves can be benign clot forming inside them can be problematic. You should be checked to make sure not involving deep veins. ...Read more
I hav varicose vein behind knee, in this place under the skin I can feel pea size lump, not protruding. Vein not painful. Tumor or blood clot?
Experienced hands: If something can be felt but not seen then often a clinician can determine the most likely diagnosis by palpating the area in physical exam. Superficial blood clots or varicosities are easily palpated, but more serious deep venous thrombosis usually are not. Cysts, lymph nodes, and a variety of skin nodules can be found behind the knee too. ...Read more
Pushin too Hard.: Working out causes an increase in arterial blood pressure. The increase allows more blood to exit the vessels at the arteriole and capillary levels. The increase of fluid in the tissue causes the muscle and tissues to swell and harden. These firmed up tissues push the veins to the skin. The veins appear to be bulging or sticking out. ...Read more
I have a hot burning sensation in my right leg? What cause it, could it be a vein trying to break
Several Options.: A burning sensation in the leg can be due to several factors but most commonly due to nerve irritation. Sometimes, an inflammation of the vein can cause a similar symptom but this is usually associated with pain along the course of the vein. This would not be due to a vein breaking or trying to break. You should see a vein specialist for an evaluation to determine the cause of the problem. ...Read more
Can greater saphenous reflux cause the sensation of pressure (not deep) in the leg along the vein?
Can superficial thrombophlebitis in the leg cause noticeable swelling? If it causes swelling, should the vein be removed?
I have like broken veins on my calf on my left leg. I had it for a while but more developed, its not extremely bad though. What causes this?
The most common reason for these veins are hormonal shifts that women have, during regular menstrual cycles, and pregnancy.
Another possible reason is easy bruisability, where the vein walls are weaker and have a tendency to leak. Increasing flavonoid's in her diet will be of benefit. These are found in the inside peel of citrus fruits. ...Read more
Refluxing veins.: Varicose veins are due to leaking valves (called reflux) most commonly in the saphenous system. To treat these you must first undergo a venous reflux ultrasound to make the diagnosis and determine the proper treatment. Medical management would be the use of support hose but this is only masking the problem. Laser closure of the leaking valves and micro incisions to remove the vv's is the ideal. ...Read more
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