I have noticed in the last month or so at age 52, that sometimes the veins in the back of my hands and on my forearms are raised. It is not constant but occasional.
I am on the low end of normal for my weight, have normal blood pressure and my cholesterol readings have always been normal except for September when they took it and it was border line (probably due to having eaten cheese for breakfast before test). They had not told me to fast for that visit.
Is this normal or something to be concerned about? Husband says it is no big deal. He said he has had it a lot longer than I have.
A quick test to see if it is normal would be to raise your arms straight up for 20 seconds then bring them down and see if the swelled veins are no longer swollen. I am about 5 years older than you and also started experiencing this a few years back and it is not serious. Your skin and muscle tissue is being to thin. It is a normal part of the aging process.
Thin skinned hands and arms show up these veins more than padded ones. Also exertion as in heavy lifting will bulge the veins even more. After surgery and a prolonged IV my vein in my arm was sticking up like a varicose vein. Apparently you can get varicose veins on your arms as well. I was surprised when I read that. It has come down since, but still there if you look for it.
If you are dehydrated those veins are going to stick out no matter what you do. Do the pinch test on your upper hand or inner wrist, pinch your skin together and if the skin doesn't spring back to normal within a minute or so, chances are you are dehydrated. So drink lots of fluids and see if that helps fill out the skin tissue around those veins.
Thank you all for your replies. I have been away for a while and not able to get back to these boards, and that is why I am late in my response.
I am not dehydrated as I drink about a gallon of non-carbonated, non-alcoholic fluids per day.
I did the pinch test and it came out fine. I do not notice the raised veins all of the time but rather after I have had my arms down for a while or as someone said, after using my arms a lot (such as repetitive motion doing house work).
I shall not worry about it any more and thank you again!
By the way, in watching television, I have noticed people in my weight range that are as young as their twenties that have them, too.
Hi, Tiggy and Luvmyfamilyof . . . I guess the only thing we can do is accept it as part of aging.
It has been months now that I have had it and I notice it less. I look at other people that have it and just try to realize that just like my changing body shape, graying hair and slowly sagging muscles, that it is part of who I am becoming.
Maybe we can all try to think of our showing veins like character lines?
yes I suppose its part of aging, but veins on top of my feet? and many of them =( I actually look at peoples feet now and dont see veins popping out. Its so embarrassing. Drs said im fine. But Im telling you I wont wear sandals or flip fliops anymore until i accept this..