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Doctor insights on: Throbbing Left Jugular Vein

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My Jugular vein (?) is throbbing. I am also overweight and in my fifties. Any ideas?

My Jugular vein (?) is throbbing. I am also overweight and in my fifties. Any ideas?

Heart check time: Interpreting clinical signs is a subtle science and even trained eyes can be fooled, at your age and weight issues described it would be strongly recommended to see a cardiologist. Take care of yourself. ...Read more

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I have a throbbing jugular vein and I'm overweight also thought I seen spots a few mins ago?

I have a throbbing jugular vein and I'm overweight also thought I seen spots a few mins ago?

JVD EVAL FOR CHF: You need prompt evaluation. Prominent jugular vein i.e. JVD. Can be a sign of heart failure. If you are obese there may also be a component of sleep apnea. Please call your doctor ASAP or go to nearest ER. Seeing spots may mean your blood pressure is low, please get prompt evaluation. ...Read more

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What can cause an enlarged right internal jugular vein compared to left with moderate pulsatility? Echo was normal. The vein is patent.

What can cause an enlarged right internal jugular vein compared to left with moderate pulsatility? Echo was normal. The vein is patent.

Vascular surgeon: This type of question is best answered by a vascular surgeon who would order further tests if deemed advisable. This may be a normal variant though. ...Read more

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I get severe migraines on left side. The last year I also get terrible, (toothache type) pain in my left jugular vein w/each headache. Dangerous?

I get severe migraines on left side. The last year I also get terrible, (toothache type) pain in my left jugular vein w/each headache. Dangerous?

Need to define: We need to develop a cause of the severe pain. Is it related to Migraine? Is it due to the TM joint? You need a more clarifying diagnosis ...Read more

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My sons right jugular vein pops out all of the time. It's more prominent than the left one. Is that normal?

My sons right jugular vein pops out all of the time. It's more prominent than the left one. Is that normal?

Prominent jugular: He needs to see a doctor and may need further work up including CT scan of neck and chest to rule out any mass causing pressure on jugular vein. He may need an echocardiogram also. ...Read more

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Is it possible that my left jugular vein may have bruised when I went on waterslide (Twirling Type) there is mild pain felt.

Is it possible that my left jugular vein may have bruised when I went on waterslide (Twirling Type) there is mild pain felt.

More likely a muscle: If you have pain when touching the area, it is more likley to by a mild injury to your sternocleidomastoid muscle. Try doing some mild neck stretching and if the pain persists or worsens within the next 10-14 days, you may want to go see your Primary Care doctor. Hope this helps.
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Could a distended jugular vein be possible right sided heart failure? Either primary or secondary to left sided heart failure.

Could a distended jugular vein be possible right sided heart failure? Either primary or secondary to left sided heart failure.

Jugular vein: Yes it is a classical sign but tricky to assess. So your Dr needs to have you at about 45 degrees and observe it carefully as you breath and then check it as he lowers the angle of your lying. ...Read more

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Advised that I have a chain of deep swollen lymphnodes on right sided jugular vein? None on left side. What could cause this? Fna booked for 2 weeks

Advised that I have a chain of deep swollen lymphnodes on right sided jugular vein? None on left side. What could cause this? Fna booked for 2 weeks

Agree with FNA.: That's certainly concerning. Infection is doubtful given that it's a whole chain. Any other enlarger nodes elsewhere. Might consider hodgkins lymphoma in someone your age. Usual head and neck cancers seen in much older patients. Pet scan worthwhile and would order. ...Read more

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My left jugular vein is larger then the right one. And I hear it rushing all the time non-stop. Which doctor should I see? Not my physician for sure

My left jugular vein is larger then the right one. And I hear it rushing all the time non-stop. Which doctor should I see? Not my physician for sure

Psychiatry: When one perceives something in their body that a physician cannot see or examine and all other vitals and signs of health are normal...Then one may need to see a counselor about how their mind is perceiving their physical condition. You are not in any way describing a common medical or health condition. Using the words 'rushing' non stop, if your physical exam is normal, represents misperception. ...Read more

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We (my family) are going to disney world in two weeks. My ten year old has a blood clot in her left jugular vein is it safe to fly and go on rides?

We (my family) are going to disney world in two weeks. My ten year old has a blood clot in her left jugular vein is it safe to fly and go on rides?

Blood clot: I wouldn't chance it. The clot could break loose and cause major problems. However, check with your doctor and get his opinion. ...Read more

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I have a blood clot in my left jugular vein I am currently on coumadin (warfarin). Can I get another clot? My right arm is swollen slightly.

I have a blood clot in my left jugular vein I am currently on coumadin (warfarin). Can I get another clot? My right arm is swollen slightly.

Warfarin: The purpose of the Coumadin (warfarin) is to allow the clot to reverb and prevent a new one. The arm swelling suggests there may be more than just jugular obstruction. Discuss with your doctor. ...Read more

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Pain in left side of neck below ear where jugular vein/lymph nodes run. What could be causing this? 34 year old mom of 3 had baby 6 wk ago csection

Pain in left side of neck below ear where jugular vein/lymph nodes run. What could be causing this? 34 year old mom of 3 had baby 6 wk ago csection

Neck pain: Many possibilities. I advise you to see your doctor to determine the cause of your pain. A physical examination is necessary. ...Read more

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Arnold neuralgia on the left has anything to do with the external jugular vein strain? When this happens my throat tighten and feel bites and nu air

Arnold neuralgia on the left has anything to do with the external jugular vein strain? When this happens my throat tighten and feel bites and nu air

No: Arnold's neuralgia is also known as occipital neuralgia and no association to external jugular vein. Their is no entity as jugular vein strain but maybe language barrier in play here. This neuralgia consists of pain in upper neck, head and behind eyes. The tightening in the throat may be more related to the anxiety you have with the onset of symptoms rather than the neuralgia. I hope this helps. ...Read more

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What are these red dots on my jugular vein?

What are these red dots on my jugular vein?

Hard to say: It's difficult to say what they may represent without knowing more about them and without seeing them. Perhaps they are cherry angiomas, which are extremely common and generally appear as cherry red spots scattered on the body as we get older. I'd suggest seeing your primary care physician to help determine the cause. ...Read more

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When I laugh sometimes my jugular vein hurts?

When I laugh sometimes my jugular vein hurts?

Asthma?: It appears that you may have asthma. Need to contact your doctor to get diagnosed and treated. ...Read more