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I have a twitching pulsing vein visible in my left palm. Should I worry or is this a normal annoyance?

I have a twitching pulsing vein visible in my left palm. Should I worry or is this a normal annoyance?

Pulsing in the Palm: What your describing is likely not a vein but an arteriole or small artery just below the surface of the skin in the palm. This is normal as there are 2 arcs of branching arteries across the palm that give rise to the smaller arteries going to each finger. The veins are more superficial and you may see these more readily, but it is the arteries pulsations that you're feeling just below. ...Read more

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Dr. Ted King
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Veins (Definition)

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


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Prominent veins and visibly pulsing arteries in the palm of my hand and at my wrist and along the side of the hand from the thumb to the index finger.

Prominent veins and visibly pulsing arteries in the palm of my hand and at my wrist and along the side of the hand from the thumb to the index finger.

Hand veins: Hand veins don't pulsate and hand veins are not prominent on the palmar side of the hand. These may be arterial if you are feeling pulses. You can start by getting an exam by a hand specialist and or vascular surgeon. Aneurysms of digital arteries in the hands are extremely rare. ...Read more

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I have had this off and on thing happening w/ a vein in my middle finger on my left hand for about a week. It is not swollen.. its throbbing?

I have had this off and on thing happening w/ a vein in my middle finger on my left hand for about a week. It is not swollen.. its throbbing?

It's very hard: to make a diagnosis without seeing your hand and getting a little more information. if it doesn't get better on its own you should see a physician or schedule a virtual consultation so someone can at least see a picture of your finger. ...Read more

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My middle finger on my right hand started moving involuntarily. I felt a throbbing in my wrist and turned my arm over i could see the vein throbbing.

My middle finger on my right hand started moving involuntarily.  I felt a throbbing in my wrist and turned my arm over i could see the vein throbbing.

Muscle Spasm: This may be a muscle spasm. These spasms sometimes occur without identifiable cause. The twitching "vein" was likely a muscle. If this continues, or worsens, would recommend seeking medical attention. ...Read more

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I have like pulsing pain in the left side of my neck, its like my vein is trying to push too thick of blood through. Should i be worried?

I have like pulsing pain in the left side of my neck, its like my vein is trying to push too thick of blood through. Should i be worried?

No: No the vein does. It pulsate your feeling of pulsation is a combination of artery in the neck and muscle spasm . Try to relax and apply heat pad on the area you will feel better ...Read more

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There is a vein pulsing right under my left eyelid. I wear contacts. Should I do anything?

There is a vein pulsing right under my left eyelid. I wear contacts. Should I do anything?

Myokymia: Random twitching of an eyelid, which happens in normal people, is called myokymia (an involuntary, spontaneous, quivering of a few muscle cell bundles within a muscle). Myokymia starts and stops spontaneously. In the eyelids, it can last a few minutes to a few days. It can be caused by stress, dry eyes, lack of sleep. Dryness from contacts. ...Read more

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I have a painful throbbing sensation on my big toe, it feels like a vein pulsing every two minutes, some extremely painful some I barely feel.

I have a painful throbbing sensation on my big toe, it feels like a vein pulsing every two minutes, some extremely painful some I barely feel.

Inflamed toe.: The painful throbbing is most likely due to the heart pumping blood, with resistance, through congested and/or inflamed tissues of the toe. The inflammation causes the pain receptors to emit painful signals. The key to finding the cause is to find the cause of the inflammation. The possible reasons could include conditions such as gout or possibly a compression injury to the toe. See your doctor. ...Read more

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In the back left of my head i feel a vein pulsing quickly, much faster than my heartbeat for 10-15 sec. 2-3x a day for the past 3 days. What is it?

Not a vessel: A blood vessel (either vein or artery) cannot pulsate any more quickly than your heart. So what you are experiencing is more likely a muscle twitching or spasm. Yes, there are muscles in the back of the head- try raising your eyebrows, and you will likely feel the back of your head tightening too. This is not likely worrisome, but if it persists, call your primary doctor. ...Read more

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