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bursting veins

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  • Posted By: Kristl
  • October 3, 2008
  • 09:42 AM

From time to time I get a sharp pain in one of my veins, usually in my hands or fingers,and then the vein seems to burst causing a bruise that spreads around the area. Doctors don't seem interested, but I'm afraid that this could happen in my brain. I have never got an answer to my question about this condition, and nobdy can put a name to it. Can anyone help?

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  • This sounds like what I have been experiencing. First, a year ago, the palm side of my middle finger turned dark purple. Twice within a month. The doctors did a slew of tests. They thought it was a blood clot, though I was never convinced. I saw a hematologist and a rheumatologist. They found nothing and said, hopefully, that was the end of it. I let it go. Fourteen months later, yesterday, I formed what I thought was probably a blood clot in my arm (not on the same side as the fingers). It just looks like a huge swelling and bruise (my friend said she thought it looked like I was hit with a baseball bat). There is a rigid cord like feel underneath. They hunted, found no clot and sent me on my way, recommending I again see a rheumatologist and hematologist. I am stumped too. I also am worried that I will end up with an embolism or some bleeding in the lungs, heart or brain. I don't know if they have a clue. I have read that migratory clots are sometimes associated with pancreatic cancer, but they tested the heck out of me. Have you had blood coagulation tests to test your clotting time (the ptt test)? That is probably the most important test that I think they have done on me. My experience with the rheumatologist was a good one. I felt that the field lends itself to thorough questioning because autoimmune diseases are so varied and their symptoms are varied. If you haven't seen a rheumatologist, you might consider it. My experience with one still left me without answers, though. Good luck to you.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 5, 2008
    • 08:32 AM
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  • Thank you for replying. I haven't been able to get the doctors to do anything for me. I will ask to see a specialist next time. I think the NHS ia reluctant to spend the money on tests. Though I think that this is a genetic condition that goes down the female line of our family. My mother suffered from the same thing, also my sister and daughter get it occasionally. :confused:
    Kristl 7 Replies
    • October 5, 2008
    • 09:57 AM
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  • *Very* imprtant to get checked out! This is called coagulopathy. Try here: http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/c/coagulopathy/basics.htm Also, bruising, here: http://www.wrongdiagnosis.com/sym/bruising.htm
    aquila 1,263 Replies
    • October 7, 2008
    • 08:00 PM
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  • I don't know if this is what you have. But it might give some clues. Best Wishes ~~JerseyLymie http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/livedo-reticularis/AN01622http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Livedoid_vasculitis
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 8, 2008
    • 10:15 AM
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  • Thanks, I checked that out but there is no mention in that link of this being hereditary, which I believe my condition is... My mother lived to 87 with the condition. That doesn't mean I'm not worried about it, perhaps she just got lucky. I just wish the doctors were interested. I'll ask to be referred to a haematologist next time I go.
    Kristl 7 Replies
    • October 8, 2008
    • 07:22 PM
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  • Well, now that you've identified your case as hereditary, I can say that we aren't sharing the same symptoms. I still stand by my original suggestion, though. A rheumatologist may possibly be more helpful than a hematologist. Perhaps it is worth asking the doctor about which is better for you. I wish you all the luck in the world with this...
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 11, 2008
    • 11:24 PM
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  • Hi,I have been having blood vessels bursting in my hands and feet for 2 years. I have not found any answers, but did find a suggestion on another site to try Bioflavinoids. I get them in a vitamin C pill with Bioflavinoids. It has helped tremendously. Now it only happens when I forget the vitamins for a few days. The idea is that it is a nutritional deficiency and bioflavinoids are normally found in the white underskin of oranges and other citrus.If I find out any more, I'll post again. But for now, at least this supplement addresses the problem. Hope it works for you too!
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • November 1, 2008
    • 00:34 AM
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  • Hi Birgie,Thanks for the tip, I'm trying it out. I've also tried Butcher's Broom to strengthen my veins, but I'm not too sure how effective that is. There is a syndrome called Von Willebrand Syndrome that has some of the symptoms I'm experiencing. You might like to check it out. I'm seeing my doctor next week to try to get some platelet tests done.
    Kristl 7 Replies
    • November 7, 2008
    • 05:10 PM
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  • I am not saying that it must apply to you Kristl, but each time a person gets a bursted vein, she/he should think of possible aspirin use the days before. Aspirin, even in small amonts, makes blood more runny and a little trauma can result in a big bruise. Good luck to you all!
    Felsen 510 Replies
    • November 7, 2008
    • 08:09 PM
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  • Thank you Felsen,In my case the burst veins are definitely not connected to aspirin, but I take your point. In fact, if it is related to Von Willebrand syndrome neither aspirin nor ibuprofen are recommended as regular painkillers. As it happens I very rarely take any painkillers.
    Kristl 7 Replies
    • November 8, 2008
    • 10:43 PM
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  • HI, came on line looking for answers and see that it may not be that easy. I burst a small vein in my hand once back in 1998, then nothing until about 1 yr ago and now it seems if I tap my hands against anything with any kind of mild force at least one little vein in a finger will burst. I know it 'cause they hurt and then you can see the blood leaking out. I had one burst in my right palm and now have a kind of knot there and then tonight I got nervous as blood vessels in my wrist burst after doing some strenuous exercise and a scar on my arm from a minor op in december shows dark blood underneath where it was a healthy pink just yesterday. I guess I am also worried what the cause of these 'thin walled veins' is and whether it could happen to an artery or in my head etc?
    hayley19 1 Replies
    • January 28, 2009
    • 11:58 AM
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  • I agree with Felsen,but you should probably get a protime,PTT,and platelet count before dismissing it as just ruptured blood vessels,whichI,too,have had on occasion.
    richard wayne2b 1,232 Replies
    • January 28, 2009
    • 01:58 PM
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  • I don't think this is anything to worry too much about. My mum has had the same described thing for years, had heaps of tests which revieled nothing and she is fine. I noticed I had it too about 5 years ago and it is nothing more than an inconvenience when im playing sports like cricket an im trying to catch a ball. The symptoms are localised only to my hands as well lol. Information is good but don't stress yourselves out too much about these types of things. :)
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies Flag this Response
  • From time to time I get a sharp pain in one of my veins, usually in my hands or fingers,and then the vein seems to burst causing a bruise that spreads around the area. Doctors don't seem interested, but I'm afraid that this could happen in my brain. I have never got an answer to my question about this condition, and nobdy can put a name to it. Can anyone help?OMG! I have been fighting with this for about 5 years now! The difference in my case is that veins are popping all over. Arms, legs, breasts, stomach. You name it and I have a 'no excuse' bruise. My dr for the longest time told me i must have bumped myself and not remembered. sorry, that is NOT the case. And if I scratch my veins such as on my hand they are subject to swell sometimes to the point of looking deformed. the swelling goes away in 2-3 days as do the bruises.HAVE THE BIOFLAVINOIDS HELPED? I will have to ck with Dr as I have a history with a DVT and everything has to be approved but if it is working I would love to know.Please email me at sycondice@aol.com if you would be so kind.thanks
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • August 19, 2009
    • 06:02 PM
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  • This sounds like what I have been experiencing. First, a year ago, the palm side of my middle finger turned dark purple. Twice within a month. The doctors did a slew of tests. They thought it was a blood clot, though I was never convinced. I saw a hematologist and a rheumatologist. They found nothing and said, hopefully, that was the end of it. I let it go. Fourteen months later, yesterday, I formed what I thought was probably a blood clot in my arm (not on the same side as the fingers). It just looks like a huge swelling and bruise (my friend said she thought it looked like I was hit with a baseball bat). There is a rigid cord like feel underneath. They hunted, found no clot and sent me on my way, recommending I again see a rheumatologist and hematologist. I am stumped too. I also am worried that I will end up with an embolism or some bleeding in the lungs, heart or brain. I don't know if they have a clue. I have read that migratory clots are sometimes associated with pancreatic cancer, but they tested the heck out of me. Have you had blood coagulation tests to test your clotting time (the ptt test)? That is probably the most important test that I think they have done on me. My experience with the rheumatologist was a good one. I felt that the field lends itself to thorough questioning because autoimmune diseases are so varied and their symptoms are varied. If you haven't seen a rheumatologist, you might consider it. My experience with one still left me without answers, though. Good luck to you. Hi, I have had the same experience on my right hand, but i have a finger missing my 3rd, i thought it might have something to do with that, i am going to the docs to see if he can tell me anything, if i get any answers i will re post them, but i am so pleased to find other people with the same problem.
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 24, 2011
    • 03:52 PM
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  • I have also been having burst veins for about a year, first in toes, then feet and most recently, lower forearm. Sharp pain followed by circle of blood/bruising - ranging fom 1cm diameter to 2cm diameter for most recent case. No hereditary connection here but I had put it down to having chemotherapy 5 years ago.I will try vitamins as suggested, although I eat very carefully and healthily.
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  • I too have been having this on the inside of my hands and fingers. Im pretty healthy i think but i have a three year old and a 5month old. Are you guys mothers? Maybe its women with children.
    Ammbberlynn 1 Replies
    • August 29, 2013
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