Varicose Vein Bruise

Shiatsu is an excellent pain reliever for many health conditions such as stress related disorders, endometriosis, menopause (and accompanying symptoms), and constipation. Shiatsu can decrease both the level of fatigue (or tsubo) and stress that has built up in the human body. Shiatsu can improve the circulation of both lymph and blood systems. Shiatsu helps to decrease the stiffness of muscles and joints as it lowers blood pressure. Shiatsu also helps to improve a person's level of energy (or qi), vitality and stamina.

When you decide to begin practicing shiatsu, always dress in loosely-fitting, comfortable clothing that is made of natural as opposed to synthetic fibers. Doing this helps to encourage the flow of positive energy in the body or what is referred to as "ki." Always make sure you practice shiatsu in a room that has plenty of empty space and is uncluttered, clean and very neat. Also make sure the room you practice in is warm and quiet. If you do not do these things then it can have a negative impact on the flow of energy.

The practitioner of shiatsu should lie on the floor for treatment. It is recommended that the person lie on a futon (which is also a quilted form of a Japanese mattress) or else a floor mat. If the patient needs them, pillows and/or cushions can make them even more comfortable.

It is always important to be as comfortable as possible when you are having a shiatsu treatment. Shiatsu is not good to have after a large meal. A lightly-loaded stomach is important for both the receiver and the giver of shiatsu treatment as well. It is best to wait a number of hours after a large meal to have shiatsu or to perform it on another person.

Shiatsu is not recommended for those who have varicose veins. If one does have this problem, one should make sure that no undue pressure is exerted on the sore and swollen veins. In turn no shiatsu pressure should ever be applied to injuries or traumas to the body such as cuts, tears, bruises or breaks in muscles or bones.

Shiatsu is perfectly safe for women who are pregnant. There are four areas, however that should be avoided for pregnant women: the stomach, the legs from the knees and down to the feet, the area at the left and right side of the neck where the shoulder begins and the fleshy area of the skin that is a web like and is located between the thumb and the index finger. It is important to tell the shiatsu practitioner that you are pregnant or that you could be pregnant. It is always important that a pregnant woman about to engage in a shiatsu treatment be both relaxed and as calm as possible.

Shiatsu is a generally safe practice but it should not be performed on everyone. Individuals who suffer from serious health diseases such as cancer, multiple sclerosis and heart disorder should not engage in shiatsu. In some cases an experienced shiatsu practitioner can work on a person with a serious disease but only if he or she has been apprized of the person's health situation and their prognosis.

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Frequently Asked Questions

    Leg pain due to Varicose Vein Bruise?
    Back in November of last year, I got this really big bruise on my leg. (Sorry I don't know the name of that part of the body). It was where your knee is, but on the opposite side where your leg is. The bruise was like really dark purple, and I had no idea how I got it. I get bruised very easily and I tend to get kind of big bruises, but this one was really big (it was about 2 inches big). I told my mom about it and showed it to her but she said to just wait to see if the bruise faded away. The bruise went away after a month, but ever since i got it, my leg hurts when i run for 15 or more and it hurts at night about two or three times a week. I thought maybe I had a varicose vein, but I'm not sure. I was 15 in November, but now I'm 16. Do you think you could tell me what I have (or something close) and what I can do to make my leg pain go away? Thanks.

    PS. my left leg is the one that's bothering me. Don't know if it helps.

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    Varicose vein turning into a bruise?
    I have one at the back of my leg which I notice it turn into a bruise like thing a couple of days ago.
    Its getting less purplish black and more into my skin color as it fades.
    Should I still see a doctor or continue to do healthy things like daily workouts and eating right [Well of course everyone has to do that]
    Its more like a Spider vein

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    massive bruise due to varicose vein???
    I have this huge vein around my leg that starts a my inner thigh and wraps around my leg and goes to the out side of my knee. Yesterday at my daughters game a knelt down to tie her shoe and my knee snapped and a lump the size a golf ball deveploped. Today this nasty bruise has developed and has a fever to it and now my knee is very achy. My uestion is can those veins bust? And should I be concerned? I will send pics if I need to
    For one I do not have Cow legs and second of it is not gross, I asked a simple question asking for help and I really don't need your smart ass comments so if you are not here to help, back off!!!

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      Sounds so much like an ACL tear or a patellar tendon rupture. ...with the pop and all. But to make u understand i have to describe some medical basics, so bear with me. The ACL is the Anterior Cruciate Ligament. Your knee is a hinge joint located where the end of the femur (thigh bone) meets the top of the tibia (shin bone). And, there are 4 main ligaments connecting these two bones. One of those ligaments is the ACL. The ACL lies in the middle of the knee, and prevents the tibia from sliding out in front of the femur. It also provides rotational stability to the knee.
      It is usually athletes who experience an ACL tear,and so i do doubt that this is ur case, but u make it sound so "textbook-y". Yes, the area can be hot and painful. But im leaning more toward a patellar tendon rupture. It also presents with a classic audible "pop" sound. Your patellar tendon is what connects ur kneecap to the tibia(shin bone). It can occur in ppl whove had a history of patellar tendon rupture in the past, in ppl who are overweight, ages 30-50, atheletes. But then again ppl with none of these descriptions also present with patellar tendon ruptures. My suggestion is to go to the doctor, first of all, because we can"hypothesise" for u what it is, but we can't make it better for u physically. If the rupture isn't very significant, ur doctor may decide to give u a knee immobilizer/brace, crutches, tell u to elevate the leg, put ice on it, If it is a complete rupture, surgery is probably the only other option.
      If this is an ACL tear, then ur doc has to use his judgement on whether or not to give surgery depending on the extent of the tear, ur atheletic status and so on. I know this was quite long, and possibly boring, but i hope it helped somewhat, and good luck to you. But please...go to ur doctor...NOW! And yes...u should be concerned. All the best!

    I have what look like permanent bruises after vein stripping surgery for varicose veins. Can this be fixed?
    from what I've read, they can't technically be bruises, since bruises cannot be permanent, but they look just like bruises. It is now 10 months past my surgeries. Is this blood that leaked out of the veins before or during surgery? Can they be treated/removed?

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    how can you treat swollen, bruised varicose vein?

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      Schlerotherapy. It collapses the blood vessels which in turn causes them to disappear. The procedure only takes a few minutes and in a couple weeks you can show off your legs again. I found a lot of info at this website for varicose and spider veins

    I have a thin dark line on the top of my index finger that feels like a bruise? or is it a vein?
    I noticed it this morning... I hope it's just a bruise and not a vein or something that has been damaged and is sitting just under my skin. I'm pretty young btw so it cant be varicose veins or anything? can it?
    Should i be worried about this?

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      Make sure it's not simply an ink mark - wash the area first (you never know!)

      If it isn't ink, then I would have it checked by a doctor.
      Our bodies give us the signs and we should do the rest.

      All the best.

    I have this thin dark line in the top of my index finger that feels like a bruise? or is it a vein?
    I noticed it this morning... I hope it's just a bruise and not a vein or something that has been damaged and is sitting just under my skin. I'm pretty young btw so it cant be varicose veins or anything? can it?
    Should i be worried about this?

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      its probably a bruise you got in your sleep

    Is this a varicose vein? should i see a doctor?
    I have had in my thigh a vein that you can clearly see about two inches long. i hate it because of hwo it looks but didnt really think much about it. however, now its starting to really hurt. it aches and if i touch it, its like a really sensitive bruise or something.
    what could be wrong and should i go to a vein doctor?? i dont really have a lot of money, but i do have insurance... would it even be covered?

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      Just go to a normal general physician and get them to look at it. It's quite possible that it is a varicose vein. It's difficult to say without looking at it. Having had a baby or putting on weight can cause veins to pop up like that. Or it can be random. The good news is it doesn't sound like a deep vein thrombosis as it is on the surface. They can often be sore.

      The only way to know is to get a doctor to look at it. That's probably a good idea if it is sore as that kind of thing shouldn't hurt.

      You shouldn't have to go to a specialist as a family doctor can treat these types of things.

    Varicose Veins or just a Bruise???
    All of a sudden I have noticed that I have a round purple *thing* (for lack of a better word) below my knee on the back of my leg.
    It looks like it can be a bruise, but inside this bruise you can see the veins which are thick but don't pop out. Can someone please tell me what this may be?

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      It's typically the spot for a mess of spider veins, but these are fairly easily treated.

    Ruptured varicose vein behind knee PHOTO?
    I don't know if it is def a varicose vein that ruptured or not. When I was pregnant, I had a fairly large and noticeable varicose vein in the back of my left leg. From where the bruise is, it made me guess that maybe the varicose vein ruptured?

    About a week ago, I noticed that it was really painful behind me knee... my husband noticed that it was swollen and red... a little bruised. Now a week later... this is what it looks like...

    Anything to worry about or will it just go away soon? Thanks!
    I had my daughter 8 months ago, btw.

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    What's the best way to prevent spider veins from becoming varicose veins?
    I am a healthy, active 26-year-old woman and I first noticed spider veins when I got a bad bruise on my thigh at about 18 years of age. I have since developed many more in my legs, especially in my left leg (is it weird that they are asymmetrical?). My mom developed varicose veins when she was pregnant with me at my age now, and on her feet all the time because she owned a restaurant. I really want to do everything I can to prevent my problem from becoming a bigger problem. Any ideas out there from anyone with experience?
    I might agree that the spider veins from the bruise were a coincidence--but they came out in the exact pattern of the bruise when I got the bruise. It was a big purple lump from getting hit with a ball. When the bruise went down, the veins were there, right where it had been. That's a pretty far stretch to be a coincidence, I think.

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      Spider veins do not turn into varicose veins. They are two different veins.A bruise should not cause spider veins. I think it was a coincidence.

      People can get varicose veins from being on their feet. But, you can get varicose veins from doing nothing. The surgery to remove spider veins is done all the time and it's an easy outpatient surgery.

      I would go to the doctor, talk to him/her about preventive tactics and have the surgery to remove the ones you have now. It evidently bothers you and there is no reason not to have it taken care of.

    Varicose vein irritation?
    I have a new varicose vein on the inside of my right leg @ knee level (feels like a small bump). I was pressing it quite a bit last night to see how big it was and this morning it was quite tender and a bit sore. Is that a bit of bruising from my touching it or is it something more? Don't want to go to doctor if it's just some bruising that will go away. It's my first varicose vein (40yrs old). My father was prone to them

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      Varicose veins can arise from lack of circulation and the ageing process. I will give you some suggestions that I hope you find useful.

      1. Make sure you are drinking enough water
      2. You can soothe any inflammation by *gently* massaging the area with chamomile oil diluted in grapeseed oil. Chamomile is great for reducing any swelling and soothing the skin.
      3. Exercise. If there's a park near you, you could try some light exercise to boost circulation.
      4. Eat a healthy balanced diet, with lots of variety. Avoid fatty options, particularly cheeses, and high fat dairy products.

      The link below says these are ways to treat varicose veins:
      1. Avoid standing still for long periods of time
      2. Take regular exercise, such as walking
      3. Maintain a healthy weight
      4. Wear properly fitted compression stockings to prevent further deterioration of existing varicose veins

      Best wishes.

    bruised vein on leg?
    okay well a couple of weeks ago i finished shaving my legs and i was rubbing in moisturiser normally when out of nowhere a purplish bruise appeared on the side of my right shin. It looked like a vein and it really hurt when i pushed it, but i had no idea where it came from because it had only appeared then and i hadn't felt anything there before.
    today i was looking at some lumps i have on my knee (from running in the grass) when again, out of nowhere, a purple bruise lump appeared just above my left kneecap to the left. This was the same as my shin a couple of weeks ago, i had not noticed it before, and it just appeared there.
    Does anyone have any idea what they are and what has caused them?
    what should i do?
    they're not varicose veins or anyything, just lumps.
    The one on my shin from a couple of weeks ago is now a large bruise but no lump.
    thanks, x0

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      you might want to go to the doctor.
      i hurt my right leg 2 and a half years ago shaking off the dirt of a baseball cap close to my leg, it hurt like hell and still the veins remain visible and green, it is a very sensitive area since then. i keep putting on from time to time some relaxing creams to keep the pain away.

    Did anyone get varicose veins while pregnant? What did they look like?
    Did they go away after giving birth? I have what looks like a finger print sized bruise on my outer thigh which when you feel it, it feels like a tiny soft bump. I think its a small vericose vein? Not sure though.

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      I got them with my last pregnancy, started out like a little bruise looking thing, then I had a nice bulging blue vein running down my left leg, and by the end I had these patches of purple veins all over my legs. my son is 5 mths now and some are slightly there (the purple ones) but really are not that noticeable. my doctor did say that if I got pregnant again they would come back and may not go away as much, there are treatments then can easily get rid of them when your done having kids. best luck

    How can I prevent varicose veins?
    How can I prevent varicose veins?
    I am on my feet all day five days a week, and I get real sharp pains in my calves and behind my knees. I am noticing bruising on my calves where the pain was. How can I prevent them from breaking and turning into varicose veins?

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      I wanted to share that using the herb Butcher’s Broom is an absolutely wonderful cure for varicose veins! I have been taking a supplement for 3 weeks and my legs are 100% pain free! The ugly varicose/spider veins are also starting to disappear! I was in tremendous pain with these veins in my right leg during my 6th pregnancy and having a very difficult time walking or standing. With 3 months left to go I figured I better find some way to get through a little more comfortably. I ran across this herb and with my doctor’s approval have been taking it with GREAT success! I noticed improvement in my pain on the first day! Check into it! I'm guessing it would be great to help prevent the problem also. Make sure you check with your doctor first...especially if you have elevated blood pressure.

    Has anyone had the varicose veins procedure?
    I noticed them on my thighs after college and they just get darker and are spreading. They even hurt at times (like a bruise). So I thought I would mention this to my doctor and see what she says.. But I'm such a baby and I'm afraid that it will be painful. I thought I could take a tranquilizer and just have it done and be over with it. Does anyone know how much it costs? Is it a one time deal or do I need to keep going back for the procedure? Thanks.

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    have bruising behind knee from varicose veins n bad pain?
    could a leaking varicose vein b dangerous if its causing really bad pain

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      Varicose veins are supposed to be curable with the bioflavonoid Rutin as well as the green super food Wheatgrass.

    could the brusies on my legs be from my blood vessels busting?Im on my feet for long hours.?
    I work in a facility that has concrete floors and some times stand for 8 to 10 hours at a time.At times my legs will cramp in just one area then I get a bruise.I have varicose veins on my legs as well.What could this be?Please help.Thank you.

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      Yes the bruises are from ruptured vessels in your legs. Support stockings might help to prevent this, along with well designed supportive shoes. But standing (not moving around) for that many hours a day is still hard on your blood vessels, especially since you already have varicose veins.

    pregnancy and varicose veins?
    I have always had mild varicose vein on 1 leg (made worse by a horse kicking me there a couple of years back) but it was always more of a bruise look, with occasional raised bumps, now that I am pregnant it is huge!
    I drink plenty of water and wear support hose, but is there anything else I can do?
    My mom and her 2 sisters have one in the same spot...
    I want to be able to were sundresses and skirts in the summer, but its so UGLY!

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      You may be able to prevent them or at least minimize them. Here are some tips:

      • Exercise daily. Even just a brisk walk around the block can help your circulation.

      • Strive to keep within the recommended weight range for your stage of pregnancy.

      • Elevate your feet and legs whenever possible. Use a stool or box to rest your legs on when you're sitting, and keep your feet elevated on a pillow when you're lying down. Don't cross your legs or ankles when sitting. Don't sit or stand for long periods without taking breaks to move around.

      • Sleep on your left side with your feet on a pillow. Wedge a pillow behind your back to keep yourself tilted to the left. Since the inferior vena cava is on the right side, lying on your left side relieves the vein of the weight of the uterus, thus decreasing pressure on the veins in your legs and feet.

      • Wear special support hose. Prescription-strength hose, known as graduated-compression stockings, work best and are available from medical supply stores and pharmacies. These stockings are twice as thick as normal pantyhose. Tight at the ankle, they get looser as they go up the leg, making it easier for blood to flow back up toward your heart. As a result, they help prevent swelling and may keep your varicose veins from getting worse. Put them on before getting out of bed in the morning, while you're still lying down, to prevent blood from pooling in your legs, and keep them on all day. These support hose may be bothersome, especially in hot weather, but bad varicose veins can be more uncomfortable

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    I have what looks like a weird bruise on my belly. . .?
    I'm almost 37 weeks pregnant. About a week ago, I noticed a vein of mine near my belly button. It was looking like a varicose vein. Now it looks as if that vein has exploded. It looks like a large bruise (or even more like a hickey, my hubby says). It doesn't hurt, but it looks awful. Has anyone seen this happen before?
    It's not underneath my belly button and it's not a stretch mark.

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      i have it too right under my belly button and had it for awhile now, it looks like a blue bruise or hickey like you explained but mine isnt very large but its there. No idea what it could be its not a vein explode because that would look different. iam 32weeks.

      Im thinking it has something to do with the line the line that goes down but i dont see how when the line in thin and this looks like a little cirlelar bruise?!

    hard lump and bruise on the inside of my calf?
    hi is there anyone out there that could help me i found a bruise on the inside of my leg near my calf about two weeks ago i cant remember knocking it so wondered how it got there also there is a hard lump inside the bruised area which is sore to touch the bruise is disappearing but the lump is still there at first i thought it was going to turn out to be a varicose vein but i cant see one so im a bit worried about it thanks Mary

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      When in doubt , let your doctor check it out. It is always
      better having a professional person to get advice from.
      Most of the people on Yahoo Answers are amateurs,just like me. If anything is wrong with my body I always go to my doctor. Do the right thing !!! Okay


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      Perhaps you can find some useful tips in a web search for "varicose veins" + "natural remedies".

    Why is the vein hurting me in my foot?
    Yesterday I dropped the laptop on the top of my right foot, and the corner hit it really hard, causing an instant bruise. It was fine, just a normal bruise. But i wake up today to find the bottom of this foot is hurting like hell! The curved inner part of my bottom foot has this disgustingly swelled up vein (or so it appears to be) that's more visable than usual, and i can't walk very well on it at all. I's really gross. It's not a varicose vein, as it's definately a normal one! What could it be? It's really scaring me, it's sick!

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      you have just bruised your foot so try not to worry too much, what you could try is putting something really cold like ice or frozen peas on your foot to take the swelling down also try to keep your foot rested as much as possible, if its still swollen tomorrow pop in and see your doctor

    Is this pain from varicose veins?
    I am 17 years old. I do have varicose veins on the back of my knees. I started getting this when i was 13 or 14. It runs in my family. Anyways, so sometimes a bruise will appear very large on the back of my knee right on or above where the veins are visible. I got it today again and it hurts so bad I cannot walk barely, i have been limping and it feels like almost a pulled muscle or tendon or something and its throbing/pulsing feeling as well as like a stabbing and aching pain. It does feel slightly achy on a daily basis, but sometimes out of nowhere this terrible pain happens. Is it from the varicose veins or is it likely something else?

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      You might have had a knock and not realize it.

      The bruise comes from the varicose rupturing(breaking), thus, causing a blood leak.
      The stagnant blood could cause an ache in the affected area.

    Do blood clots always have visible signs?
    I am overweight, and have varicose veins. I had a bad bruise on my lower leg a few weeks ago, now I have unexplained pain in my upper leg. There are no physical/visible signs. I am going to get this checked out by the doc, but I'm just trying to ease my mind in the meantime.

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      not always they leave a mark...
      take it easy.. and rush to doc!
      delaying may cause much trouble...

    35 weeks pregnant extreme pain in between labia and inner thigh and buttox no bumps, no itching, no discolor?
    I have this shooting pain in my upper inner thigh, butt, and around labia on left side, it is so painful, that at times I cannot walk and it only is severely painful when I sit for more than 20 minutes and/or if I sit on a hard surface and try to get up it is so painful, but there is no discolor, no funny discharge, no bumps, bruises, varicose vein lines, nothing different about my body just that it internally hurts. Will it go away, will it stay, what could be the problem, is the baby on a nerve, I know I was driving a stick shift a lot with no power steering and hard to shift could I hurt myself doing that?

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    Varicose Veins...?
    I'm 27 years old, married and pregnant with my second child. This pregnancy has been astoundingly different than the pregnancy with my first.

    My problem is that I am getting rather bad varicose veins in both my legs; some of them have even burst and left behind nasty spiderweb like black marks (bruises). To start with... I don't have time to sit back and relax at many times during the day -- I'm a stay-at-home Mom with my 10 month old who recently started walking. I get rest time when she gets nap time and when my husband comes home from work (an hour before baby's bedtime) -- he goes to work before she gets up to start her day.

    My question is ... Have anyone else out there had this problem or similar to it? Are there any suggestions to reducing the vericose veins that I already have or to preventing more later on as this pregnancy progresses?

    Any help would be appreciated.

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      Contrary to a prior answer, drugs are not routinely used for varicose veins. While pregnant, VV often worsen due to increased fluid retention.

      Your best option now are support stockings with at least 20-30mm Hg of compression. After delivery, the veins may/may not improve.
      As am active mom, the stockings should improve. Check your pharmacy for non-prescription hose. Or, ask your doc to prescribe some stronger prescription hose.

    why do I feel like im bruised down there?
    so where the pubic hair grows on the front of your vgina it feels really sore, like bruised when I touch it or something bumps it, it feels that bad? I just turned 11 weeks. I don't really see anything, sometimes some blue veins, and im one of those people that suffer with bad varicose only feels "bruised" on the front where the pubic hair grows

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      hmmm i'm 38 1/2 weeks and when i walk around that part of me gets very very sore i was thinking its because my baby has dropped but that doesn't explain your pain at 11 weeks... maybe its "growing pains"

    poor circulation in my lower legs and feet?
    I have really poor circulation in my lower legs and feet (below the knees) that results in varicose veins and easy bruising, this is genetic. My father had the same condition and I have a niece who also suffers from this. I am 34 and in fairly good shape with good bp and cholesterol and I do not smoke any ideas how to treat would be appreciated

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      massage them.

    Is it normal to have small, dark veins on your breast?
    Recently I noticed on my right breast a couple of dark veins. They are very small and look like the color of a purple bruise. I have never had sex, so I'm not pregnant. And I'm not on the pill. Has anyone else experienced this? They don't stick out like varicose veins. Just little purple lines on my right breast (not my left one.) I'm 19, very light skinned, and my breasts are 34 C. (If that means anything)

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      Yes. The larger your breasts become, the more visible the veins in them will become, especially for those with fair skin. I have the same so no worries - totally normal. And don't feel like a freak. I was actually 34 C at 19. Now 36 D at 21 :(

    What causes spider veins and varicose veins?
    i have alot of spider veins, and im only 19 years old. im not overweight either. both my parents have them but didnt get them until they were way older. ive been sick for a few months months now, and ever since ive been sick ive gotten TONS of spider veins, all over the place, even on my elbows!!! i do have very thin skin. i take a multi vitamin everyday, and i have great circulation. im almost never cold; im mostly always hot. i do have hypoglycemia though. i just started a job where i stand alot, also, but i have been getting these even before i started working. its just been since ive gotten sick. what could be causing this??? and what could help with the pain of spider viens? sometimes the itch so bad and are so sore. what could help? i already use lotion everyday with vitamins in it. also i dont want to take any shots or do any laser or anything. but does anyone know what could be causeing my sudden burst in getting spider veins? ive also been getting loads of bruises since ive been sick too.
    um...just because i have hypoglycemia doesnt mean im going to get diabetes. thats not the "beginning" of diabetes. o.O my dad has diabetes, and my mom had been hypoglycemic her whole life and never gotten diabetes. plus i got tested up the ying yang, and i dont have diabetes. i know how to control my blood sugar. i dont eat fast food. ever. i eat good food too, i dont eat junk. i hardly ever eat sweets. sorry i completely disagree with that comment. lol.

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      You need to see a doctor as soon as possible.

    does any one know what is wrong with me?
    I wanted to know if any one has this problem or know of any one who has this symptoms? All my life I have had leg pain usually if I have been on my feet for a long period of time from child hood until now I am 30. My legs and feet also turn bright red if i am on them for awhile everyone ask me if it is a sun burn. but if I am sitting the turn almost pale and a mottled purple look and are cold. i do have a varicose vein and other veins on my leg that look like bruises. They are really only on my left leg. I used to lay on my left side alot during my four pregnancies and thought they might be from that. I dont know. Any ways another symptom that has started within a couple of years is that when I get up in the night or in the morning and immediatly start doing stuff I get pressure in my chest feel sort of dizzy and have to sit down or swat till it goes away. When I am standing strait for a while I get the pressure in my chest and have to sit down. If any one has any idea write back.

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      Any history of murmurs or blood clots? You need to be evaluated by a cardiologist to rule out IHSS or a multiple other possibilities. Get an echocardiogram and electrocardiogram for starters.