Is It Normal to have VISIBLE VEINS on ABDOMEN?

Discussion in 'Men's Health Forum' started by jonkobeck, Jan 16, 2012.

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    jonkobeck Junior Member

    OK, you guys on here who know me are aware that I'm a little bit of a hypochondriac. Especially where my liver is concerned. I read somewhere that distended abdominal veins are a sign of portal hypertension caused by cirrhosis. So I have been examining my abdomen and flanks. If I look closely enough I can see the veins running from my ribs down to my waist line on each flank, more on the right. Its not easy to see, you have to look hard, but they are there. I also just found what looks like a crease when I twist a certain way, a twist in the flesh over the side of my ribs makes a crease. The crease is actually a vein. Im not sure if this is what they mean by "distended" veins.
    There are shades of blue here and there on my abdomen, I assume thats veins under causing the shades.
    I am doing a Paleo diet for the last 3 weeks an dI notice they are getting worse on this diet. Im a little freaking out that I may have a liver problem. Liver enzymes are all normal.
    Ultrasound one year ago showed mild fatty liver.
    The veins are also worse after I work out or after shot shower.

    I am going to post some pics, but don't laugh at my flabby body please :)
    Notice my gyno in one breast? I had that since I was 10 years old

    Do any of you have visible veins on the flanks and abdomen?

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    jonkobeck Junior Member

    In looking at the above images, I just want to add that there are a lot of stretch marks, and those are not really what I'm referring to. I pointed to a couple of the veins in the photos, and in others its just a blueish area on the skin, very hard to really see them unless I step out of a hot shower. Its even harder to see in photographs. There are a few broken capillaries under the ribs too, and Im not referring to those either. I have had them for years. My parents both had bad varicose veins
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    jonkobeck Junior Member

    C'mon Guys! No one has any opinions? Im just curious if Im the only one who can see veins on the sides of his abdomen, and if this is normal or not. Is this what they mean by "bulging" in relation to portal hypertension?
    this morning I found a long vein what was very hard to photograph, running from my ribs on the right side all the way down my abdomen, when I twist a certain way and push on it with my hands I am actually able to make it "pop" out and bulge.
    Im just a little nervous right now. with this Paleo diet I am seeing more and more veins.:mad:
    Time to go back on Lexapro
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    hebsie Active Member

    ...this (^)...hebs :)

    ps...yes, veins and/or increased vascularity is normal --> especially when you're losing weight
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    CubbieBlue Active Member

    Stop worrying about illness. Stop fearing death. Enjoy your life.
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    iainf Junior Member

    Oh god man just NO. Veins across your rib cage and lower abdomen are totally normal, their are literally hundreds of thousands of miles of blood vessels running through the average human body, you can bet there's gonna be vein or artery or capillary just about anywhere you look, poke, or prod.

    Listen here though, and I apologize in advance if I come off as a dick; that's not my intention. You claim to be a hypochondriac, yet you allow your body to look like that? Aestheics don't necessarily equate to good health, but I'll tell you man while you're overreacting now, if you let your body stay in the hideous state it's in, one day something really will go wrong. Antidepressants are good for little more than anorgasmia and a limp dick; they are NOT the answer. I'm not surprised you worry about your health to be honest, you look like you're one step away from a heart attack. Why mask the source of the anxiety with awful SSRIs when you can remove the source all together? There's no point in worrying about your health if you aren't willing to do something about it.

    Again I know nothing about you so I apologize if you have a severely debilitating health issue that's caused all this. Otherwise, I truly urge you to take better care of your body, it's the only one you've got. It's never too late to do something about it, you're never too far gone.
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    hardasnails1973 Active Member

    think you might be mistaken veins for ripples or creases of fat. You appear to be one inflammed indiviudal and probably severely toxic.
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    jonkobeck Junior Member

    I know what you mean about the ripples of fat. There is one ripple thats a vein though, if I twist a certain way I can see the blue line. But I guess its normal.

    Tell me what you mean by inflamed and toxic though? Seriously. You mean by being overweight and out of shape?
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    jonkobeck Junior Member

    YOU think I look out of shape here, I just lost 25 pounds, you should have seen me a month ago lol.
    Well, I have always been overweight and I have had low T for most of my life, only recently I began T replacement. I have been on the paleo diet for almost a month now and started working out. At 47 I'm not expecting miracles but I would like to drop another 20 pounds. This morning on the scale I was 222 last month I was 245 so I'm getting there
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    hardasnails1973 Active Member

    Inflammation causes weight gain.....
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    jonkobeck Junior Member

    I know a lot of this is exaggerated in my head, but when I look in the mirror this is what I'm imagining I am seeing. I know my veins are not as bad as this poor guys, but I often wonder if I am seeing the beginnings of this:
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    Michael Scally MD

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    1erCru Active Member

    Jon until you treat your anxiety disorder we are all just enabling you every time we respond to one of your numerous threads.

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