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 04/11/2005 04:29 PM

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dkjune

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I wanted to let everyone out there know that there is hope for you and treatment options are available. I started to get prominent blue/green veins all over my legs, arms, chest and breasts a few years ago. After numerous phone calls to vascular doctors, and doing my research on the internet, I found a doctor who was willing to treat my chest, breast and arm veins. I had my first treatment 2 months ago, and I have to say that the results are amazing! I had close to 90% clearance on the chest and breasts, and about 50% on the arms. I am going back for touch-ups on these areas tomorrow, so I will be sure to keep you posted on the results. Before my treatment, I was so worried about wearing short sleeve and low cut shirts, now the veins are practically invisible. I am also in the process of treating my leg veins and I can't believe the difference. I highly suggest that you be persistent with your doctors, there are options available. Good luck!
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 04/10/2005 07:35 AM

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luci123

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Has this happened to you before? Does it happen when you drink hot drinks too? Do you get any other symptoms? (i.e. joint pain, swollen eye lids) I have same problem exactly, and have been through lots of tests but no-one knows what it is. In fact, no-one believes me much, and thinks its all in my head. It is getting to be debilitating, and I cannot go out much. But if I find more people with same problem, maybe the doctors might think out of the box
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 04/09/2005 07:32 PM

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lisalub63

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I just came back from a shopping trip at the mall and I was so scared. It was very hot in the dressing room and I noticed the veins in my arms bulging. They just appeared out of nowhere. I have been lifting light weights for a few months now and thought that was the cause, but it was very frightening.They went away after I lifted my arms up higher than my heart. Does anyone know what the heck this is? It really shook me up!
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 04/05/2005 11:19 AM

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luci123

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Wow, so many people with the same problem. Me too.... I have been having symptoms of bulging veins in my arms (mainly), and now ocassionally legs and feet. But mine seem to especially occur after i eat or drink (it is not an allergic reaction as it can happen with eating anything)and also when I first rise in the morning. Hot weather or going from cold to hot also creates this uncomforatble feeling and horrid appearance. Mine has got so bad now though that I cannot carry anything very far (shopping is out of the question), as the veins protude too much and feel incredibly uncomfortable. I have lost lots of weight (as when I don't eat very much I don't have the problem) and am weak, fatigued, have dry skin, memory problems and a persistent need to clear my throught of phlem. I have recently moved from where I live and work in Bahrain to London purely to resolve this problem with doctors here. The results so far have been totally inconclusive, I have had carcinoid symdrome ruled out and all my other blood tests for gland function, liver function, glucose etc all normal. I also received a negative result for Lupus, and I am now waiting for yet a whole load more auto-immune disease results, but I suspect they will all come back negative too. I will let you know if they don't. I am fed up with doctors so far! One thing we all have in common is our ages - I am 32 and this started when i was 30-31. I am not petite though, being 1.7 m high, but now only weigh 50 kilos due to weight loss. What have we all done in our lives that might have brought this on? I am going to list all the things in my life that could of contributed and if you all see one thing that rings a bell, let me know - we might diagnose ourselves here (or come up with a completely new disease!). 1) Quite smoking a year ago (I used to smoke about 10-20 a day) 2) All my life I have had alot of aspartamine (of which I have stopped now as it is apparently poisonous) 3) Used to avoid carbohydrates (completely) previous to this illness. 4) Used to fad diet - or fast for long periods of time. 5) I went through a period when I was 27-28 of taking recreational drugs (but not exessivley). I can't think of anything else for the moment. In all other areas I ate and lived well. But if I think of more I will let you know. I have bought lots of health food suppliments (like digestive enzymes and intestinal flora) even Chinese medicine today, but I am running out of ideas. I just a a doctor to say, "Oh, its such-and-such, here is a tablet, and off you go!"
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 03/25/2005 07:32 AM

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doodle

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I have the same problems, blue veins everywhere. Hands, arms, legs, feet, chest abdomen... I developed them suddenly last year when I was 29. Ive been searching for a year to find a cause or a treatment but I am no further forward. Its caused me to become very depressed & ive totally lost my self confidence. I feel hideous. Has anyone ever found any answers? It seems this site is full of people like me desperately asking for help, but ive never seen anyone reply to these questions. Surely someone must have had hand vein or chest vein sclerotherapy and can tell us what the results were? I know its readily available in the US, but its not possible here in the UK. Would it be offered as a treatment by vein specialists if it wasn't safe? Can someone who has experience of this please answer myself and these other people, otherwise whats the use of this forum??? Frustrated.
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 03/07/2005 02:32 PM

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vnstoo

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My veins are still not any better (I'm the poster who started this topic). In fact, they have gotten worse. My feet also have veins showing. I don't wear most sandals anymore. I used to love wearing them. I am a thin (skinny) female, too. I am trying to gain weight, which is difficult for me. My metabolism is very fast. I don't know that it will help, anyway, if I am able to gain weight. It seems to me that I have seen a couple of heavier people with this problem. I think hand veins can be removed safely. But, I may be wrong about that. I hope we find some help!
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 03/02/2005 10:40 PM

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Camila 1

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I am soon to be 35 and my hands are looking more like a muscular men than ever....when I'm feeling hot from within my hands, my veins in my hands start bulging up, they look so ugly that my friends and relatives are always asking me what is going on with my hands.....my feet are the same, I can't wear sandals or open to shoes because the veins in feet are so noticeable. I need to find someone and/or a doctor that can help with my hands issures. help...
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 02/13/2005 10:09 PM

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Cindyb123

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Hi, I can't even believe so many people have the same problem as I have. I'm 23 yrs. old, and I've had large, long, blue veins running down my arms and into my hands and fingers since I was about 12 yrs. old. It's only gotten worse as I get older. On a hot day, or when I'm very tired, the veins in my arms and hands buldge so much, it actually looks freaky. I'm petite, 5'5" 115 lbs and very pretty, but my arms and hands have more veins showing than most athletic men have. I've seen several doctors and all have said the same thing. It is normal! I was told that thin women, will always have more noticable veins that a women with an extra few pounds on her frame. I'm totally embaressed to go to the beach or wear the proper clothes in the summer because my veins are always so prominent. Even my feet are covered with thick veins, and my thighs and calves also have many noticable veins. The veins in my thighs don't buldge like the ones in my arms, hands and feet...but they still appear quite noticable because of there very prominent blue color. What can we do about this....;-( I'm soooooooo sick of guys staring at my hands and arms!!! Cindy
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 02/10/2005 07:44 PM

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Leawee

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I too am a petite woman, 4'10" 92 lbs. I have had this problem for approx. 4 yrs., it is always present, but like you have all noted, worse at times of exertion or being overly warm. My doctor doesn't have a clue and has advised against any types of "cures" such as stripping or collapsing as these veins are very important. I see the last post was nearly a year ago, has anyone found any answers in regards to this problem?
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 01/27/2005 10:21 AM

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Jessy321

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I am 16 years old, i think i might be the youngest member here. But i've been reading discussions here about people with buldging veins on their arms. And i was surprised other people have the same problem as me, i thought i was the only one with the problem because everyone else i seen in the street didnt have what i have. I have had this thing since i was maybe 10 or 11years old im not sure, blue veins show on my arms, breast, shoulder, and chest. These veins look like a road map, they look spilled all over my upper body except my stomach and the rest of my body, it looks horrible.I am very embarresed to wear any type of clothing that showes my arms and chest, i cant wear bathing suits because i look like im sick of a sort of disease. On my graduation i was so scared to wear a dress, i wore my gown the whole day to cover up. I never wore tank tops for this specific reason. I feel depressed sometimes, i cant be like a normal teenager, i wear t-shirts and sweaters, i look like im 10 years old wearing this type of clothing, i feel like i was born to never be free and be what i am. I cry all night, i pray to god, i have sent letters to a site saying this and never got a respond, i feel like a monster, i feel ugly, i asked my doctor she says its normal. How can this be normal! Someone please tell me, i know this is not normal, i feel terrible, i want to be like other girls. I want to be free. i need an answer. What do i have?
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 11/06/2004 12:49 PM

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karen1913

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Reading though all these postings I find it interesting that most of us with this problem are small women. I am a size 4 and it's as if the smallness makes the veins more prominent. My veins aren't just in my arms. They now go into my hands so that even long sleeved shirts don't cover how bad it is. In the summer when I wear long sleeved things people say "Aren't you HOT???" like I am crazy or something. I very much want help. It is good to hear from other women who know what this feels like. I wish a professional would post some advise. It is very embarrassing.
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 11/04/2004 05:56 PM

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jenn73

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Bulging arm veins - I read all the posts and want to add my story. Into my late 20s I, too, began to get bulging arm veins, which have gotten worse since my 2 pregnancies. Any excertion makes them pop out,and in warm weather they are constantly bulging. It is UGLY, and I, too, feel like a monster and am too shy to wear things that reveal my arms, although I am otherwise a beautiful woman, and very slender. sigh - I want help!
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 10/17/2004 11:22 PM

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lorddrac149442@yahoo.com

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I sure wish I had some information to help you with concerning the bulging veins all over your arms!=( I am still strugling with the bulging veins all over my arms, I have an appt with a vein specialist I'll let you know what he has to say about them. I totally understand how your feeling makes you feel just so ugly all over and yes I also feel like everyone is looking at my veins all over my arms bulging in the heat, I cant wear short sleeve shirts anymore=( And My veins in my arms also are showing up in my fingers to.I only weigh 115 pbs small woman I am, Had a doctor tell me who was not a vascular surgeon, oh everyones veins bulge like that when there body temp is warm, I'm thinking to myself this person does not know what she's talking about! All my life never had a problem with veins bulging in my arms now I'm 32 and they just appeared out of no where. she said it was normal well the way the veins bulge through out my arms is not normal there huge why didnt they bulge all through my teen years and mid 20's why now? thats why I know what she said made no sense to me. I read about veins in legs but nothing about bulging veins in the arms these vascualr surgeons need to get the information about veins bulging through out someones arms this is what they went to school for they need to provide us answers!!! For who ever is reading this post go look at the women who life weights and look at the BULGING veins in there arms that is what my arms look like when my body temp is warm I do not lift weights. so tired of doctors saying it's normal when it's not they dont even know why veins are bulging like this in the arms and thats pathetic.I'm a beautiful woman, I was a model for almost 15 years I cant even model anymore because of these veins bulging in my arms. I WANT ANSWERS!
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 10/04/2004 10:36 AM

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karen1913

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I am so amazed to see that someone out there has the same problem that I do. I am a small woman in pretty good shape but the veins in my arms are bulging and ugly. I have also noticed that they do get much worse when I am warm. They have gotten so bad over the last few years that the veins go into my fingers. I am very embarrassed and feel that everyone notices. I consulted a vein doctor and he told me that he would look into doing something about it because I was not the first request that he had gotten. He told me it could cause some numbness in my hands so that was why he hesitated. At this point I really don't care. I could live with a lot to not have these veins. Does anyone have any info?
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 09/02/2004 10:59 PM

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lorddrac149442@yahoo.com

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Hi, I'm I have bulging veins in my arms as well, they only bulge when my body temp is warm and in warm weather, I cant find answers I need either.I've seen a doctor but not a vein specialists thats my next step,My doctor told me it was from being stressed what a bunch of bull I have nothing to be stressed about. They bulg so bad on my arms I feel and look like a monster I always have to ware long sleeve shirts, I noticed the veins started to appear when I hit 30 years old. I'm a petite woman not fat at all, I dont know what has caused this and I cant find any answers, I cant even go in public with a short sleeve shirt on or even wear a bathing suit or go to the beach anymore. I'm very frustrated its so ugly.
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 05/26/2004 03:52 PM

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vnstoo

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Thank you for the reply! I used to run and lift light weights, but I haven't in a while now. I figured that much exertion might make the problem worse. Since I haven't been doing those exercises, though, my veins haven't improved. I'm glad yours did. I really don't know how to improve things at this point.
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 05/17/2004 02:08 PM

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Sharen

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This happened to me about a year ago. It came on after I started running /working out again after being off for 2 months ( I had a varicose vein stripped from each leg) Anyway, I felt like a freak, my arms were full of bulging veins that actually hurt. It would come and go. Now I lay off the weights and only swim in the summertime for arm/back workouts. I don't have any problems anymore. I wouldn't get the veins removed from your arm. I think those Dr's are full of BS. There is just not enough info on having arm veins removed. i had a leg varicose vein stripped (trivex) and 3 months later a new one emerged.
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 05/13/2004 05:27 PM

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vnstoo

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About a year ago my veins started becoming increasingly prominent and bulging-especially in warm weather or after physical exertion. I asked two doctors about it, and they were no help. One just advised me not to have them removed because arm veins are necessary. I see a website for a vein clinic that says they safely remove arm veins, just retain one/some for giving blood, etc. Are having the veins removed safe or not? It's confusing. I am so frustrated with my arms right now, and with not being able to find help. I hope someone can help me.
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