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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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My veins are very visible and green in my chest/breast area as well as my shoulders and arms. Should I be concerned or what could be causing this?

My veins are very visible and green in my chest/breast area as well as my shoulders and arms. Should I be concerned or what could be causing this?

Normal finding: I am amazed about how often I have women ask me about the veins on their breast. Occasionally they are spider veins but mostly they are blue veins. These are almost always normal findings and normal variations of chest veins. They tend to be more pronounced in fair skinned females and they may be related to hereditary factors or even pregnancies. See a vein specialist to evaluate. ...Read more

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What does it mean if my veins become very visible and green on one arm/chest? There appears to be a bug bite as well.

What does it mean if my veins become very visible and green on one arm/chest? There appears to be a bug bite as well.

Superior vena caval: This should be looked at by a doctor. It suggests that the veins in the upper portion of the body may be obstructed, and that raises the question of why? Go and get seen and evaluated by your pcp. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Keep getting dull aches and tightening pains up my left arm and have now noticed a large vein from my chest to the arm is visible, any ideas?

Arm pain: I suggest you mention it to your doctor and take this seriously, especially if you have risk factors for heart disease, such as a family history, high cholestreol, etc. The vein is superficial and is normal. ...Read more

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Veins around chest very visible until shoulder extending to arm. Looks like spider veins in chest. Doesn't hurt, concerned why they look so dramatic?

Veins around chest very visible until shoulder extending to arm. Looks like spider veins in chest. Doesn't hurt, concerned why they look so dramatic?

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 had severe pain between my shoulders then chest pain last night tonight all the veins across my chest and down my arms are very visible should I be?

Very worrisome: I would have great concern that your blood return from the veins in your chest and arms has been compromised. Your should seek urgent help as this could even be life-threatening. ...Read more

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Veins very visible in chest and arms, now painful in calf inside of knee. About a year. Should I worry about this?

Veins very visible in chest and arms, now painful in calf inside of knee. About a year. Should I worry about this?

Painful Veins: I would see a physician about this. There several medical disorders associated with this presentation. It appears to be a phlebitis which is inflammation of the veins. So rather than just worry, I would see a physician right away. I won't give the list of conditions associated with these symptoms... Let your provider take a look. ...Read more

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Seemingly overnight, my veins have become very visible in my legs, arms and chest. Is this something to be concerned about? 31/f, 108 lbs, normal bp

Seemingly overnight, my veins have become very visible in my legs, arms and chest. Is this something to be concerned about? 31/f, 108 lbs, normal bp

?: Veins are thin-walled, low pressure structures that fill when gravity allows it (when in a dependent position) and collapse and become less visible when placed above the level of the heart. Dilated veins on the legs and arms, when below the heart, are normal but not on the chest in a 31 yo thin woman. Perhaps you've just noticed them, but if not, you should be examined. ...Read more

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I know blue veins on chest, boobs, pelvic etc is normal findings but in all my 19 years they where never visible like that I could not even see arms one?

I know blue veins on chest, boobs, pelvic etc is normal findings but in all my 19 years they where never visible like that I could not even see arms one?

Veins can be ok: As long as it's not painful or red and you have them equally on both sides of you it's likely nothing. You'll see them more if your hot as the body tried to cool itself. ...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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3 rounds leg sclerotherapy, veins recur within 6 months, leg pinching/discomfort, newly visible arm and chest veins & arm weakness, need ultrasound?

3 rounds leg sclerotherapy, veins recur within 6 months, leg pinching/discomfort, newly visible arm and chest veins & arm weakness, need ultrasound?

At least!: Need an ultrasound and echo of heart at a minimum as well as possible evaluation of blood and clotting system by blood tests. May want to talk to vein doctor as Ct angiography may be more revealing. Do not wait on this! ...Read more

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Why are the 'blue' veins in my arms/hands/chest suddenly much more visible? Heart checked last year, and blood test just two weeks ago, all clear.

Positional: When you place your arms and legs lower than your heart, they fill and become prominent. When they're above your heart, they collapse and appears as "streaks." Also, when you're well tanned, they're less visible. AS your tan fades, you see them better. Darker veins are NOT a sign of disease! ...Read more

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Onset of flat, visible blue green veins both arms, chest, and breasts. Just started necon birth control 1 wk before veins noticed. Connection/concern?

There should: Be no relationship to visible veins and the birth control pill. The risk of a blood clot is low and does not present this way. I think you are focusing too hard on possible side effects. Good luck. ...Read more

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Can it be normal to have very visible veins on arms, legs, and chest/breast even at 35? I'm pale and very thin. Petrified of vascular ehlers-danlos.

Can it be normal to have very visible veins on arms, legs, and chest/breast even at 35? I'm pale and very thin. Petrified of vascular ehlers-danlos.

Veins can be seen: If you are pale and thin, you would be a typical person where veins could be seen in the areas you described and can occur even before age 35. If you are 35 and Ehlers Danlos has never been brought up to you previously by a medical professional there is less chance you have the condition. To relax further see your primary care or a rheumatologist. Good luck ...Read more

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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

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Veins showing up around arm, and chest?

Veins showing up around arm, and chest?

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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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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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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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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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