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Anyone here got bulging temple veins/arteries?

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 8, 2010
  • 10:32 AM


I'm 18 years old, male, keep fit, weight train about 3 -4 times a week, eat healthily, don't drink much and don't smoke.

Over the past couple of months or so I've began to notice that I have 2 bulging arteries on both my left and right temples (right one is more noticeable). They are very unsightly and are starting to effect my social life. They come up badly when I'm hot or been doing excerise. I thought it was pretty normal but they are actually noticeable even when I'm not even doing anything! in certain light you can see an outline of a pumping artery, urrgghh something to impress the ladies with eh?

I don't nessasarily get any headaches/temple pains/scalp pains etc I have had a couple of mild headaches but I don't think their related to the temples?

Anyway, I've done some research and I'm reading a lot about 'temporal arteritis' which I seriously don't believe I have, because I'm only 18 and I'm not suffering major pains in the head area. I do sometimes feel light headed and a bit fatuiged but I reckon thats just tiredness or something.

Does anyone else have this problem or have any idea what it is? and most importantly, what causes it and is it dangerous?

I'm sick of looking like sprog some Star Trek :(

Thank you!

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  • I'm experiencing the exact same thing. My doc did bloodwork and ruled out Temporal Arteritis because my "sed rate" was normal. He recommended going to an ENT, so I did. The ENT came to the same conclusion that it was not TA. Both suggested I might get an MRI and MRA done for more conclusive results but at $2500 (with insurance) I couldn't afford that option for "maybe" a shot at answers.The only suggestion that made sense was the ENT saying that it may be a lack of fatty tissue due to recent weight loss. I have spent the last two years getting healthy and in-shape, so I've dropped about 40lbs. I might rather be overweight than suffer these pulsating arteries.So all I was told for my pile of medical bills were a slew of maybe's as to why it was happening and no solutions to prevent the pounding sensation and cosmetic ugliness.In my online research I've found that these arteries are superficial in that they are a redundant source of blood to the scalp. There are some cosmetic surgeons that can ligate/remove sections of them to stop the blood-flow. The problem with this is that if anything then happens to the other arteries supplying blood to your scalp there will be no blood-flow and therefore a plethora of very bad things will occur.
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    • September 9, 2010
    • 11:44 PM
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