View Full Version : Raised Veins Hands And Arms

02-21-2009, 12:26 PM
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.


Lindaru :confused:

02-21-2009, 02:39 PM
...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....Lindaru :confused:

I wouldn't consider it to be normal...if it were "normal" we would all be experiencing this phenomenon. As to whether it's a big deal, I don't know.

03-17-2009, 06:04 AM
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.

03-18-2009, 09:00 AM
I'm younger than you and the veins on the back of my hand are raised too. They look ugly but I don't think anything can be done. Perhaps it is just normal for old thin people?

04-05-2009, 07:24 PM
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.

05-22-2009, 09:30 AM
I'm 40 and I have lots of raised veins on my hands and forearms. It really grosses me out. They are so ugly. I did what ToddyTock said and they went down temporarily. If only they would stay that way!

05-22-2009, 01:10 PM
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.

05-27-2009, 11:02 AM
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.

Lindaru :wave:

12-15-2009, 02:51 AM
dont feel bad I suddenly got them on the top of my feet this summer. The veins just popped up out of nowhere =( I will never wear flip flops again. Its so gross looking. Why did this happen?

12-20-2009, 10:02 AM
I am younger than you but I get this too. I just think it's ugly!

12-21-2009, 09:19 PM
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?

*Hugs to you all*

Lindaru :wave:

12-21-2009, 09:36 PM
means ur hydrated happens to me al the time don't put ur arms in wierd places cuz u could be blocking an artery on the inside of ur arm.

12-22-2009, 02:39 AM
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..

12-22-2009, 06:55 PM
Hi, Tig . . . my mother-in-law stayed with us one time during the summer where I saw her feet. She also had veins showing not only on the top of her feet but her ankles as well.

You may not be able to comfortably wear flip flops, but I do not think it is a big fashion faux pas to wear sandals with light socks or ankle to knee high nylons which would hide the veins.

What do you think?

Lindaru :wave:

12-22-2009, 06:58 PM
Hi, Skippy . . . it is not so much the position of my arm but rather if I have been using them a lot or if I get over-heated (notice it more in the summer than in the winter).

I agree about blocking the artery during the times I have had my arms behind my head and my head resting on my hands. When I put my arms and hands down, I will notice it then, too.

Perhaps being over-heated and working with them a lot causes a bit of blocking, too?

Lindaru :wave:

12-25-2009, 09:10 PM
The veins were always there and maybe they have enlarged some due to various reasons, but remember in our youth our skin was so much thicker and did a pretty good job of covering them and the elasticity in the skin kept them down somewhat. I have thin skin and it seems like so many veins are showing, and some of them aren't even enlarged. The ones that are look twice as bad. Another reason our veins show up more is the coloring of our skin has changed so it doesn't camoflauge as good as it use to. Putting stress or strain on your hands and arms will also bulge them out more. This can happen even in bodybuilders but their's snap right back it seems, but with some of us those bulging veins decide to linger around permanently.

Some say those who have worked hard all their lives have raised veins on their hands.

12-26-2009, 09:25 PM
Thank you, Dorri . . . I guess it is a testament to having worked hard all of my life then.

My doctor can find no physiological reason for it but I do notice that my skin looks more pale these years than it used to. I do not spend much time in the sun, so I never have a tan any more.

Thanks for the reassurance!

Lindaru ;)

01-04-2010, 02:42 AM
ok so after reading the posts... i need to know. Do you guys see any visible green or blue sometimes swollen, veins on top of your feet? what about behind your knees? isnt there anything i can do? whats gonna happen in the summer =(

01-04-2010, 12:44 PM
Hey Tig, I can't speak for anyone else, but I have visible swollen veins sometimes on tops of my feet and sometimes behind the knee as well. What I've noticed is the veins get more prominent at times, especially if I've been on my feet for too long. Not much one can do, other then rest or elevate them and use self tanners or make up to camoflauge the discoloration. Walking and simple exercises are good because they increase circulation to the feet. I'm sure they must have some form of laser procedure that may help, and if that doesn't help, you can always ask your doctor if he/she has any advice on what may help.

If they are really painful and swollen, a support hose may help.

01-05-2010, 09:40 PM
Hi, Tig . . . I rarely notice the veins on my feet or behind the knees because I wear socks and shoes all of the time, even in summer, and do not see the backs of my knees very often. Bathing them or shaving my legs is pretty much by feel.

I seem to remember hearing about some sort of cream that diminishes the look of varicose veins (which is what I guess those would be considered) but for the life of me cannot remember what the name of it was. You may want to ask your pharmacy if they might know.

Lindaru :wave:

01-06-2010, 03:02 AM
thank you . I am starting to realize there is nothing I can do. I already had a doppler test done on my legs. Saw a vein specialist he said i have no clots. Have a wonderful boyfriend who loves me. I just need to realize visible veins are part of aging, hereditery and just a part of me. I hope one day i will feel comfortable wearing flip flops or sandals again. I will look for that cream ;) Thanks!!!!

02-16-2010, 09:06 PM
I recently sometimes have very raised thick, blue veins in my hands and forearms. They are raised enough to be around as a pencil. I notice a "feeling" with it I can't describe. I am 5'2" 110 pounds and I have rheumatoid arthritis and thyroid autoimmune disease. I don't believe it is related. I am also looking for answers because this is new to me now. For example, tonight, I haven't done anything and they became raised.

02-20-2010, 10:01 PM
It's pretty much thiner, older, white folks & heredity. You can usually judge a woman's age by her hands, no matter how much plastic surgery she's had on her face. Just accept it & be grateful there is nothing worse to worry about. I agree it's U-G-L-Y!