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I am 69, female, and had many heart problems and have type 2 diabetes. I have recently notices varicose veins on my upper left back? Though I know I have vein problems in my legs I have never seen or heard of them on the upper back (left side).

Doctor's Assistant: What seems to make the symptoms worse or better? Have you noticed any swelling?

Swelling a little on the right side of my back and my bra drives me crazy.

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

I am a medical jinx, what do you want to know. Had MI at age 46, quintuple by-pass at age 51, have 1 bypass 100% blocked, 1 bypass 50% blocked, 1 30% blocked and I have chronic angina. Diabetes, narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome, fibromyalgia, stint in right leg, etc. etc. etc.

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Dermatology
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Dermatologist: Dr. Chip, General pratice replied 7 months ago
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Dermatologist: Dr. Chip, General pratice replied 7 months ago

Could you please post a photo for me on this page?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
of my back? Can't seem to take a picture with my phone?
Dermatologist: Dr. Chip, General pratice replied 7 months ago

Can you describe this in more detail for me then?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
On the upper (near shoulder blade) I have the beginning of spider, varicose veins. I have never heard of this or seen this before? Should I contact my heart doctor.? (He is also a vascular surgeon).
Dermatologist: Doctor John MD, Board Certified MD replied 7 months ago
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Hello and welcome to JustAnswer.comThis is Dr. John and I will be helping you today.I will be reviewing your question and will respond shortly.
I may need to ask a few more questions in order to best serve you.
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Dermatologist: Doctor John MD, Board Certified MD replied 7 months ago
How large (width) are the blood vessels on the left shoulder?
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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
The area is about 3-4 round and the veins are small like a pencil drawn to 4to5 times larger. Red, pink and purple.
Dermatologist: Doctor John MD, Board Certified MD replied 7 months ago
any swelling into the shoulder and upper arm?
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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
3 to 4 inches round
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
No real swelling
Dermatologist: Doctor John MD, Board Certified MD replied 7 months ago
Ok
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Dermatologist: Doctor John MD, Board Certified MD replied 7 months ago
most likely spider veins/telangiectasia which are smaller veins in the skin. Varicose veins are the larger veins, usually in legs. If no pain or swelling into shoulder or arm, would watch for now.
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Dermatologist: Doctor John MD, Board Certified MD replied 7 months ago

do you have any further questions?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
COULD NOT GET A PHONE CALL TO GO THROUGH, SO DO NOT EXPECT TO PAY FOR PHONE CALL!
Dermatologist: Doctor John MD, Board Certified MD replied 7 months ago
Ok, you shouldn’t be charged of phone call didn’t go thru, but you can check with customer service and they can double check for you.
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