!HELP! Buldging arm veins

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zxcvvvv

Palatine, IL

#1 Apr 30, 2007
Ok, so im a male 19 years old. I have a really big problem with my arm veins...

My arms look fine if my arms are straight up above my head, or if theyre crossed on my chest. However, if I let my arms hang to the side, immediately (within 2-3 seconds) a whole bunch of huge veins start bulging out of my arms, and they are really noticable. This is not painful at all, I dont even notice unless I look at my arms. This has made me completely psychotic about my arms and I have to constantly scratch my head, pretend to yawl, or do something else that will make my veins from buldging out. I am the only one I have ever seen with this condition in my life. Im not sure if it matters, but I am 6'0 and only weigh 135 lbs (yes im really skinny, but I work out so I have some muscle, but not a lot). I first started to notice these veins around 14 years old. I used to work out alot and still work out fairly regularly but not as much as I used to. Could working out my arms to much be a cause of this? Is there any way of treating it without surgury? Is the key just to gain weight to cover them up? Please give me some advise...Im tired of worrying about my arms 24/7
xtccc

Stockton, CA

#2 May 13, 2007
Ive started doing some workout's myself and noticed that once i did that, the veins in my arms started growing bigger and more noticeable. So partly i'd say its your working out that caused the veins in your arm to grow. I have the same problem.
Lily

Ottawa, Canada

#3 May 28, 2007
Imagine being a woman and having the same problem. I have noticed my bulging veins few years back, and every year it's getting worst. Don't know what do! If anyones has an answer pls let us know.
Alex

Schenectady, NY

#4 May 28, 2007
basically what is happening is because you work out regularly your veins are expanded to allow more efficient blood flow, but in doing so it also thins the walls of the veins themselves. though this may sound bad, it is fine in young people because your skin is still elastic. and the reason they bulge visibly when you leave your arms at your sides is because gravity is pulling blood into your hands and puts stress on the veins making them bulge. again, perfectly fine in kids. dont worry about it.
just tell your doctor the next time you go he can probably tell you how to make it go away
Lily

Ottawa, Canada

#5 May 29, 2007
Thanks Alex.
east coast contender

United States

#6 Jun 1, 2007
are you guys stupid? you're supposed to have veins sticking out in your arms if you work out. It shows you're getting bigger. if you have'nt seen anybody else like that either you live a place where everybody is weak or you dont go out much.
dont try to get rid of them be PROUD.

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patti

Schaumburg, IL

#7 Jun 21, 2007
I have always had larger veins on my legs that would protrude even as a teenager growing up. I hated it! Plus you could always see the veins on my arms also. But it was nothing too bad. I know that my dad always had protruding veins so I just figured it was heriditary. I am a runner, 5'8", 133 lbs and 48 years old. I lift weights 3 days a week for upper body for only bout 20 minutes or so, and also run 6 days a week.......I began training for a ten mile race bout 4 months ago and noticed a vein sticking out on my lower abdomen. I now have another on the other side. Also my veins in my arms and my legs have gotten worse. I am not sure why these are all popping out? I do think that I have lost some body fat,so maybe that? Besides the fact that these look terrible I just want to be sure there is nothing wrong with me. I have noticed that it is worse at certain times than others as other people have wrote..........well if anyone has any ideas let m e know.......
Turd Ferguson

Grand Rapids, MI

#8 Jun 22, 2007
Although not a doctor, I do think body fat helps make your veins less visible, but having big veins is probably better than being fat and at risk of having high blood pressure and heart attack. It's probably some genetic occurence that gives some people weaker vein walls than others, thus making the veins more adversely affected by increased blood flow. I know I haven't seen one asian person with big veins yet. Who knows. There are clinics that will get rid of varicose veins in your legs, but whether that's good for your body or not, I don't know. Don't think they can take out your arm veins, but a doctor once told me to try some medicines that I could never find on the U.S. market. So I'm guessing there are "cures", if you want to consider this condition a disease.
Just my two cents :)
bkr

Holsworthy, Australia

#9 Jun 27, 2007
I have an opposite problem, I can't see my veins much & I have poor circulation in winter. People with huge veins are so lucky, show them off. My veins are really small , but I'm not fat ..maybe weight traning makes veins visible & come up to the surface
Dave

United States

#10 Jun 27, 2007
Bulging veins is not a curse. You are lucky. The unlucky ones are like me. Imagine having a technician stick you more than 10 times trying to find a vein for an IV. Although I'm in good shape for my age, over 50, my veins are small and have a tendency hide. I'm with those who say 'show off your bulging veins with pride.'
jaycee

Burnaby, Canada

#11 Jul 9, 2007
I am a woman who also has bulging veins, particularly in my hands. The comment about showing off your veins with pride is ridiculous. These people have concerns as do I. I noticed after I moved to an area of higher elevation that my veins began to protrude. However, I have not found a cure to my problem yet but will certainly post it here when I do.
eyek

United States

#12 Jul 15, 2007
i work out and im proud of my bulging veins it shows that im strong show them off even if ppl say eww to them
sterf

San Antonio, TX

#13 Jul 15, 2007
I have just noticed a similar problem with the veins in my hands and arms bulging out. it is worse at certain times...like when the weather is hot. after doing some research, i have found that this is a problem lots of women are having and no one knows the cause of it. alot of the women are petite and very skinny however they have been this way their whole lives and didn't have the problem before. many of them are working together to find the cause because they feel it is not as common as some people believe. many of us have an uncomfortable burn or tingling in the forearms and hands when the bulging occurs. but many also agree that when they put their arms above their heart or head....the veins go back to normal. alot of the people who are responding negatively i do not think have the same problem. i know many people and have asked tons of them if they have ever experienced these bulging arm veins along with uncomfortable pain and it is not THAT common or normal!! one of the main differences with this problem is that the bulging veins come and go. they are not just inherited bulging veins as some people are trying to tell you. if you have more questions or want to read about people who are experiencing the same thing as i have just described....their is tons of common stories at Body1.com about "bulging arm veins"
jen

Redwood City, CA

#14 Jul 19, 2007
I am one of those women. I am skinny and this bulging vein problem just occurred almost overnight. But I was skinny before and never had the probelm. I too, experience burning and tingling, which I have reported to physicians and they don't know what I am talking about.
How can I get in touch with the women you are referring to who are working together to uncover a cause?
Thank you!!
sterf wrote:
I have just noticed a similar problem with the veins in my hands and arms bulging out. it is worse at certain times...like when the weather is hot. after doing some research, i have found that this is a problem lots of women are having and no one knows the cause of it. alot of the women are petite and very skinny however they have been this way their whole lives and didn't have the problem before. many of them are working together to find the cause because they feel it is not as common as some people believe. many of us have an uncomfortable burn or tingling in the forearms and hands when the bulging occurs. but many also agree that when they put their arms above their heart or head....the veins go back to normal. alot of the people who are responding negatively i do not think have the same problem. i know many people and have asked tons of them if they have ever experienced these bulging arm veins along with uncomfortable pain and it is not THAT common or normal!! one of the main differences with this problem is that the bulging veins come and go. they are not just inherited bulging veins as some people are trying to tell you. if you have more questions or want to read about people who are experiencing the same thing as i have just described....their is tons of common stories at Body1.com about "bulging arm veins"
Shawn emd88hotmailcom

Cathedral City, CA

#15 Jul 22, 2007
the veins start to appear on the male when he's body fat close to 9% where in female 14%
on female, bulging veins are disgusting, where on male it looks good if you are in a good shape.
many champions took some pills just to make their veins appear!
so if you have this phenomenon try to work out hard and eat as much as you can! and if you want this phenomenon take NO2, it makes ur blood flow more into your body so you can work out better with more energy and your veins start to be bigger.
=)
Annette

Cape May Court House, NJ

#16 Jul 25, 2007
According to Vein Clinics of America http://www.veinclinics.com/hand-veins.html

What are Hand Veins?

In most cases, hand veins are normal, healthy veins that have become more visible. They are not diseased, however they can be unattractive. Many patients choose to have them treated for cosmetic reasons.

What causes Hand Veins?

Many people develop large bulging veins on the backs of their hands as they get older. Generally, this is due to their skin relaxing and thinning with age. This causes the veins to become more prominent and appear enlarged.

Hope this helps
Annette

Cape May Court House, NJ

#17 Jul 25, 2007
Angelina Jolie: Why Such Veiny Arms?
Fri, 01/12/2007 - 1:00pm story by FitSugar

Angelina is always in the media spotlight for one reason or another. What is it this week?

Her veiny arms. Yup, and the Daily Mail is reporting that her workout routine may be the culprit.

That sounds about right as bulging veins can be caused by weight-bearing exercises. This bulging vein process, known as filtration, causes a swelling and hardening of the muscle that is noticed during exercise. As a result of this swelling, the veins are pushed toward the skin surface and appear to bulge. These veins are more visible in persons with less fat, like Angelina. This bulging has been found to be neither good nor bad but simply a result of some bodies normal way function when working out.

If you don't have a lot of body fat and do a lot of exercise (like Angelina claims) then the fat gets stripped away and the veins become exposed. Think about all the veiny body builders out there -- same concept.

So no big reason to worry, just not so pretty on such an amazing woman!
Sam

San Francisco, CA

#18 Jul 25, 2007
i have them too. but until reading this i was always proud of my bulging veins. i think they look cool. Maybe it is worst for women, i don't know, but it doesn't bother me :P
dom

Murray, KY

#19 Jul 28, 2007
i see them as a good thing. im only 14 and mine stick out incredibly far. were talking maybe a fourth of an inch. im only 14 yes, but even so it seems that the girls my age like them. but you know im 14, so its a whole different concept.
bulging out hand veins

Los Alamos, CA

#20 Jul 29, 2007
doesany females in here have any bulging out hand veins that always stick out and never goes back in there skin and do you have lots of armv eins do they same well i need some help when i smoke weed after i do that my veins bulge out alot is that normal i need some help please please answer this please

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