What condition could cause twinges in veins in an otherwise young, healthy person?
April 20, 2010 6:38 PM   Subscribe

What condition could cause twinges in veins in an otherwise young, healthy person?

Sensation of twinges/twitches or tickling in veins (occurs randomly, often in the legs or armpit)
Weakness in extremities that comes and goes
Mild leg swelling that comes and goes

What conditions could cause this and what tests should be run? If the problem were with the veins, what are ways to support vein health?
posted by mintchip to Health & Fitness (11 answers total)
 
Are you sure that it's something to do with your circulatory system? Definitely ask your doctor about these symptoms, but I would be surprised if you could feel things going on inside a specific vein as opposed to an area of your body.
posted by Inspector.Gadget at 6:50 PM on April 20, 2010


Almost certainly harmless.
posted by phrontist at 7:00 PM on April 20, 2010


I also find it odd that you are localizing this to your vein.
I am a doctor (though not your doctor), and I have never heard anyone say this before, and have no idea what would cause you to feel that way.

Twinges, weakness, and mild leg swelling all are nonspecific and there is no way to know what kind of testing would be needed unless you had more of the story (like a full history and physical). In other words, just go to your doctor. This could be all sorts of things, and it could be nothing.

To support vein health, eat well, exercise, and don't smoke! Just like everything else in life. :-)
posted by treehorn+bunny at 7:10 PM on April 20, 2010


I swear, it feels like its the veins because it's just a quick "pulse" as though the vein twiched, but maybe it's just the nerves? As I said, I've also experienced muscle weakness and I've had some random muscle twitches as well. EMG, standard blood work and neuro exam were normal.
posted by mintchip at 7:17 PM on April 20, 2010


Anecdote: I definitely get those vein pulses, but I don't have the muscle weakness or swelling.
posted by McBearclaw at 7:22 PM on April 20, 2010


I felt something like this about a year ago... it was just one day and it lasted for several hours, but I had no idea what was causing it. Went away after the night's sleep. I just had the twitching feeling, so I'm not sure if it's actually the same because in my case it did not include the swelling you mentioned. It sounds like you should work with your doctor to do the exercise/eat well thing, and see if that helps (even if you're already young and healthy as it is). This is one of those "keep a journal" situations where you can help the doctor by logging what times this occurs, what medicines you took (if any), etc.
posted by belau at 7:29 PM on April 20, 2010


I forgot to mention, I also have a lot of muscle tension; as you might feel if you worked out VERY hard and your muscles were extremely sore. However, this is very bad some days and non existent on others.

Also, I sometimes feel like my swallowing reflex is slow. I would be more worried about this, except that on some days the symptoms improve so it doesn't seems to be progressive??

Thanks in advance for any thoughts you might have, especially the medical professionals out there. I do have a follow up appointment with a PCP now that my neuro exam came back normal, but I'm trying to research this as well.
posted by mintchip at 7:30 PM on April 20, 2010


Pinched nerve?
posted by Jacqueline at 7:56 PM on April 20, 2010


I forgot to mention, I also have a lot of muscle tension; as you might feel if you worked out VERY hard and your muscles were extremely sore. However, this is very bad some days and non existent on others.

I would probably go with phrontist on this one. I know from years of working out that to me this sounds like a common symptom of over stressing your nervous system. Lack of sleep, working out really hard, too much caffeine(or other stimulant), or even too much stress can really fry out your electrical.
posted by P.o.B. at 11:39 PM on April 20, 2010


I had those same symptoms (along with some others) http://ask.metafilter.com/151764/What-condition-could-cause-twinges-in-veins-in-an-otherwise-young-healthy-person

It drove me crazy. I had a bunch of tests done (MRI, vitamin levels, etc.) and they didn't find anything. It eventually went away.

I did a lot of research and I chalked it up to one of the following side effect or bad reaction to a supplement or prescription medicine or post-viral syndrome.
posted by mintchip at 10:35 AM on December 20, 2010


Woops, I meant to post that on this page: http://ask.metafilter.com/173481/I-have-an-earbeat.
posted by mintchip at 10:36 AM on December 20, 2010


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