Why are my veins too small?!
October 21, 2007 8:21 AM Subscribe
Would prolonged laxative use cause my veins to become more narrow?
posted by anonymous to Health & Fitness (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
A couple months ago when I tried to donate blood, I was turned away because my veins were too small to draw blood without causing major bruising.
They said that not drinking enough water was probably the cause of my small veins. However, I already consume probably a gallon of water a day, so I left somewhat confused.
Prior to this incident, I had been using laxatives (senna tea) daily for a few months in a lame attempt to lose weight. Could my use of laxatives have caused my veins to constrict? The only reasonable theory I could come up with was that the laxatives help flush water weight, so even though I was drinking more than enough water I was probably super dehydrated some how anyway.
I've since stopped the laxative use, and I'd like to try to donate blood again. Can my veins go back to regular, pre-laxative, blood-donating-size?
But I was also thinking that maybe my veins are just small to begin with; I've never donated blood before so it's not like I was successful in a previous blood donation attempt.
All I want to do is donate blood GOSH DANG IT! Anyone have any ideas on this? Any small veiners out there?