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Why do I have spider veins?

I’m 28, suffering from RA and have noticed that I have spider veins on my legs 🙁 does anyone else suffered from this at all?

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  • Jennifer
    1 year ago

    Wow I wondered if that was from RA as well! I cannot stand very long or the spider veins I feel like they’re popping and I feel like I’m getting electrical shocks in my legs if that makes any sense? Does anybody have that? Then when I sit down and look at my legs I’ll see the spider veins that basically pop and my feet turn really red and purple. Now I know it’s from the RA!! Does anybody have problems with their hands if they have it in their hands? My hands are the worst they swell constantly especially in the morning but the newest thing I’ve dealt with within the last 6 months was now my hands will slice open on my Knuckles where the crease is and I get all these Cuts all over and it hurts so bad I don’t know how or why they’re appearing? Then my hands will shrivel up like I am an old lady and my hands will be all wrinkled in my fingers to for a while I can’t even grab or touch anything….I don’t know when it’s going to happen usually about every two weeks or so. The cuts in my Knuckles is where it happens the most. I have lost so much weight I used to weigh 145 now I weigh 113 and I don’t even know how to gain weight I have been trying I feel like I look so awful like a skeleton…. I’m waiting to get into a Rheumatologist now my doctor is trying to find me one, they’re really hard to find in my area. I live in Ohio. I hope everybody stays strong through their RA attacks!! it’s nice to have this site so I don’t feel so alone. So thank you everyone for your experiences with ra it’s really helping to educate me. Hope everyone has a great day!

  • Kelly Dabel moderator
    1 year ago

    Hi Jennifer, Thank you for sharing with us. So glad that our site and community, is encouraging to you. Sorry that you are dealing with this hand pain and unwanted weight loss! Anytime you have any new, changing or concerning symptoms, be sure to speak with your doctor about them if you haven’t already. In addition to speaking with your doctor, this article on RA and how it can affect the hands, may be helpful to you: You may want to ask your doctor for a referral to speak with a Registered Dietitian who can help you with strategies to minimize weight loss. Finally, has a directory to find Rheumatologists in your area. Wishing you some answers and relief soon. Best, Kelly, Team Member

  • Jennifer
    10 months ago

    Thank you so much I did not see this message until now and I don’t see a rheumatologist until the 21st it took months to get in before I first visit even though I was diagnosed five years ago I just thought it was arthritis and pay no mind to it. Thank you for this article I’m going to read it now I have had many new changes and they are very overpoweringly painful and affecting my life sometimes I feel like I can’t make it to August 21st which is when my rheumatologist appointment is it’s so overpowering,

  • sharoncookie57
    1 year ago

    All over my legs and so bad that my feet are purple.

  • Richard Faust moderator
    1 year ago

    Hi abbey28. Sorry to hear about spider veins. Hopefully others will share their experiences. Comorbid conditions, unfortunately, are all too common with RA. This article from our editorial team looks at this issue, including vasculitis: If you haven’t already, make sure to bring this to your doctor’s attention. Best, Richard ( Team)

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