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bulging vein in head

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  • Posted By: lovechriskelly
  • June 9, 2007
  • 07:13 PM

Hello, I have a vein in my head that starts near my left temple and extends through my hairline on top of my head. It appeared two days ago swollen and bluish. Later that day it went away. Yesterday it appeared again much more pronouced and I experienced some numbness in the area. The Doctor said to try ibupropen and ice and come back in 3 days. Today the discoloration is gone but the vein is still visibly swollen Please help! Any suggestions?

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  • Has the doctor tested your ESR/sed rate? And Is this the only thing going on with you? Have you been having issues with chronic muscle pains, fatigue, arthritis, eye issues, or anything else along those lines? :confused: If it doesn't go away, I hope your doctor does some follow-up blood work, to rule out anything major. (The only thing I can think of is something which is typically found in older people... but if you're young, and your doctor doesn't seem that concerned about it, it probably isn't what's going on with you).
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  • You may have giant cell arteryritis, which can lead to permanent blindness. Only positive way is a biopsy, but most Dr. will treat with steroids immediately as that is what they would do anyway. It is often a companion to polymyalgia rheumatica....Any joint pain or arthritic type symptoms. Prednisone with a taper for the giant cell, but the Polymyalgia rheumatica can last for 1-5 years. Get thee to a dr. immediately and get tested. Sed rate will be up but not real high maybe 20-35 but blindness is main concern, and you don't have a lot of time for testing and it is permanent if occurs......good luck
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