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What causes increased visibility of veins in the body?

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Posted on Thu, 3 Nov 2016
Question: Hi,

In the past 7 weeks or so I've had veins throughout my body become visible and they appear bulging and wide. Im overweight and my veins, even in pregnancy bave always been difficult to see. Just the pressure from my shoes seems to make new ones show, or I noticed this with my palm and using the mouse. They are even beginning to show at my temples. Its become upsetting as Ive had lots of muscle pain as well including fatigue. I have some edema and it seems consistant in my hands and neck area. I have pain under my jaw and ears along with my temples on both sides. I am very fatigued. I've had night sweats and woken with a racing heart. I have what looks like Raynauds on and off through the day with white spots occuring on under my skin. My heart was checked via cardio, holter and echo to be okay. I have fatty liver disease and fibromyalgia. I had bloodwork done and my tsh, esr, and other bloods were good except my livers alt, ast, and alp. my blood cortisol was normal. My c reactive protein was around 7.8 and has been tested twice in a matter of months. I don't know if this is an edocrine, rheumatology or vascular issue. I am not certain what to ask my GP to pkease do, ie. who to refer me too. Thank you for your help.
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Answered by Dr. Suresh Heijebu (8 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Need Ultrasound abdomen

Detailed Answer:
Hello Mam

I can certainly understand your concern.

I have worked through your query in detail.

You possibly seem to have edema either of liver or kidney origin.

Hence it is important to evaluate these organs in detail.

The prominent veins can be a result of edema.

I advise you to get an ultrasound abdomen fir further assessment.

Likewise, it's important to get blood urea, serum creatinine and complete urine examination fir further assessment.

It's important to monitor your blood pressure daily.

Get these tests and update me with test reports.

Please check with your physician if he shares my view and if can prescribe these tests to you.

Post your further questions if any.
Thank you.
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What causes increased visibility of veins in the body?

Brief Answer: Need Ultrasound abdomen Detailed Answer: Hello Mam I can certainly understand your concern. I have worked through your query in detail. You possibly seem to have edema either of liver or kidney origin. Hence it is important to evaluate these organs in detail. The prominent veins can be a result of edema. I advise you to get an ultrasound abdomen fir further assessment. Likewise, it's important to get blood urea, serum creatinine and complete urine examination fir further assessment. It's important to monitor your blood pressure daily. Get these tests and update me with test reports. Please check with your physician if he shares my view and if can prescribe these tests to you. Post your further questions if any. Thank you.