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Hi, I've got hypothyroidism, and I take 100 mcg levothyroxine sodium each night at about 10.30 pm, and for years on end I can take it and feel no side effects. However, in the past, and recently, I've noticed one side effect, whereby I feel the veins in my hands bulge. This only lasts until i get to bed, and when I awake the side effect is gone; but I was wondering if I should be concerned, and see a GP about it? Thank you.

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replied May 1st, 2017
General Q and A Answer A61026

Welcome to the ehealthforum and I am glad to help you out.

Large bulging veins on the backs of our hands occur because our skin relaxes and thins. It is common due to ageing and inadequate fat. However if it persists then varicose veins and phlebitis should be ruled out. It is less likely to be due to hypothyrodism. Exercising like finger, hand and wrist stretches often help.

It is very difficult to precisely confirm a diagnosis without examination and investigations and the answer is based on the medical information provided. For exact diagnosis, you are requested to consult your doctor. I sincerely hope that helps. Take care.

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