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I have a large throbbing vein with stinging pain,right side

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Posted on Fri, 15 Mar 2019
Question: I have a large throbbing vein with stinging pain,right side of neck. Is this something to worry about?
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Answered by Dr. Olgeta Xhufka (51 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Maybe a sign of heart failure.

Detailed Answer:
Hello dear, welcome to Ask a doctor service.
I read your query and here is my advice.

I think it is something to worry about.
A distended vein in right side of neck is probably a jugular vein distention.
It may be a sign of heart failure or a blockage of the vein.
I wanted to know if you are experiencing any other symptoms like, heart pain, palpitations, rapid weight gain, breathing difficulties, passing out etc.
You may need to do an ECG, heart ultrasound and ultrasound of vein.


Hope I have answered the question.
Let me know if I can assist you further.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Nagamani Ng
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Follow up: Dr. Olgeta Xhufka (10 hours later)
I do not have any of the other symptoms.
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Answered by Dr. Olgeta Xhufka (10 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
More than 3-4 cm could be due to cardiac or vascular issues.

Detailed Answer:
Welcome back.

It seems to be a jugular vein distention. If the length of the bulge is greater than 3 to 4 centimeters (measured while you are in bed with your head elevated 45 degrees), this may be a sign of vascular or heart disease. Smaller amounts of jugular vein distention can occur in people without heart or vascular disease.

If you can't measure it yourself, please have your physician take a look at it.
If you experience any symptoms of the above mentioned you should seek medical attention soon.

Let me know if I can assist you further.


Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Arnab Banerjee
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I have a large throbbing vein with stinging pain,right side

Brief Answer: Maybe a sign of heart failure. Detailed Answer: Hello dear, welcome to Ask a doctor service. I read your query and here is my advice. I think it is something to worry about. A distended vein in right side of neck is probably a jugular vein distention. It may be a sign of heart failure or a blockage of the vein. I wanted to know if you are experiencing any other symptoms like, heart pain, palpitations, rapid weight gain, breathing difficulties, passing out etc. You may need to do an ECG, heart ultrasound and ultrasound of vein. Hope I have answered the question. Let me know if I can assist you further.