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Lynda wrote at 2007-05-22 15:27:26
Hi Caroline,

I have the same problem but I don't nor have I ever smoked.  It's mostly my fingers that are affected.  Hope this helps,


resigned wrote at 2007-07-21 21:08:11
I also have this problem.  Sometimes I can feel the blood vessels in my hands or feet just burst. They were a mess, once, after I mowed the lawn.  I used to smoke, nearly 10 years ago. The incidence is greatly increased if I take Sudafed.  I have hypothyroidism, but I don't know if that is related.

Nettie wrote at 2008-02-23 13:18:50
I don't think she is describing Buerger's Disease at all!  I have problems with breaking blood vessels in my hands too, most often with opening doors, but sometimes for no apparent reason.  Buerger's looks entirely different.  What I get are like mini varicose veins on the palm side of my fingers.  They usually go away in a day or two.  I have tried to find answers to this and come up with nothing.

Sue wrote at 2008-05-15 20:48:02
I am a 44year old old female and this has been happening to me also.  I do not smoke so I find it hard to believe that you are linking this to tobacco use.

Lou wrote at 2008-11-01 11:23:54
I also have this problem & am 55, have never smoked, and am otherwise in very good health.  Burst blood vessels in my hands are set off by very minor impacts & are very painful at first & leave bruising & swelling for a time, usually a day or two, but occasionally for up to a week.  Buerger's doesn't match my symptoms at all.  I suspect carrying plastic shopping bags with heavy contents increases susceptibility, but this doesn't explain a recent burst in the palm.

Anya wrote at 2009-01-02 23:04:55
Hi All

I also have this problem and have been searching for an answer for 19 years as doctors have been unable to help.

You are the first people I have found in all this time who share this condition!! Like many of you, I have never smoked.

I'm currently researching ITP to see if it could be a shortage of blood platelets. Life is getting unbearable at the minute, can't do much without my hands bursting. Would love to know if anything has helped any of you.

Polly wrote at 2009-02-05 19:08:49
I have the same problem and am relieved to find out that others do too! I am 51, female and have not smoked for over 10 years. The blood vessels in my fingers burst for no apparent reason and are very painful, leaving bruises for several days.

Anya wrote at 2009-02-09 10:38:30
Hi All

Am still busy doing research. ITP did not seem to hold all answers as although we bleed easily, we also heal just as quick.

However, I have been researching Hypothyroidism after reading 'resigneds' post and have enough symptoms that it's worthy of checking out (my brother, sister and father have many symptoms too and we each display different ones!!). Would love to get your feedback on this, to see if any other of you are displaying any of the symptoms.

We'll get to the bottom of this yet!! ;-)



Donna Van Ramshorst wrote at 2009-07-06 22:00:10
I am 48 1/2 years old. I also have been having blood vessels burst in my hand. I clean homes and have noted this happens if I squeeze a rag too hard. I am not a smoker but used to - I quit about 4 years ago. I asked my mom about this and she has had the same problem. She has high blood pressure. I wonder if this could be a cause for this problem. I do take a daily mixture of vitamins.

kimmy G wrote at 2009-07-22 03:27:26
I went to my local health food store to start a vitamin regiment. She gave me standard ABC vitamins, but she included nattokanis. I told her I believed I had poor circulation & this was a natural alternative to taking baby asprin.

2 days of taking this supplement, I think a blood vessel burst in the middle of my finger. The bruising has spread up and down my entire finger. It's not pretty.

Ms Chessy Cat wrote at 2009-10-06 06:04:00
I have had this same problem for years. Two days ago I had a vessel burst in my left wrist for no reason.  It was very painful and my wrist doubled in size from swelling. I will be going to the doctor in a few days so I will post my results after that.  It really is a bittersweet feeling I have because I thought I was the only one this was happening to plus my husband thought I was weird and crazy!!  Now I can tell him I may be crazy but I'm not weird, lol!!  BTW, I am 55, I have hypothyroidism, I take an antidepressant and Lamitcal which is a mood stabilizer.  I never really smoked although my iron levels are very low along with my D, B-12 and Calcium levels.

gaia wrote at 2009-10-09 21:20:28
Both my sister and I have this problem with blood vessels bursting, usually only the fingers. Our father had the same problem so we suspect a hereditary weakness, though it may be linked to a calcium %26 vitamin D deficiency. neither of us smoke/smoked nor do we have high blood pressure. We

both have hypothyroidism but our father didn't. He lived to the age of 84 and did not die of a stroke or the like.

Terri wrote at 2009-11-12 21:36:12
Thank goodness I am not the only one.. it seems too trivial to go to the docs with..but one does wonder...I have bust blood vessels in my fingers.. and boy do you know it is happening,,but once burst the pain goes..bruising lasts for a two or three mostly happens with a little pressure ie holding carrier bags opening doors etc, I also Hypothyroidism..and am 65

Ellen wrote at 2010-02-07 00:13:25
I've been reading this thread with the hope of finding an answer - Just a few hours ago I noticed that my right pinkie finger looks bruised, but NO pain, it seems a little bit swollen and a little warm (result of the swelling?) - I am a 52 year-old female, non-smoker (never have), have hypothyroidism but on medication for it. Any ideas?

Mandy wrote at 2010-03-26 21:42:14
I am 40 years old, and have just started ntoicing this happening to me on a fairly regular basison my hands and feet.  I too have hypothyroidism, and Hashimotos disease.  It seems like so many of you have hypothyroidism, there may be a link.  I will look forward to hearing more.

AKKaren wrote at 2010-03-29 07:12:57
I have also had bursting vessels in my fingers for about 3 years now, usually when holding a heavy plastic shopping bag. I just turned 55. Yesterday one burst in my palm totally out of the blue. It hadn't happened since a year ago when I found a site that said to eat the white part of the skin that is on oranges. I did and it stopped till now. IDK what is in it but it seemed to have worked last time.

Mim wrote at 2010-04-01 09:04:48
I am a 43 year old female and and have had this problem for years mainly in my fingers, but also in the hand and occasionally feet and toes.  Half the time I don't know how I have bruised, but mostly its happens by sweeping, raking or vacuuming.  I have never smoked and don't have hypothyroidism, nor does my mum who also suffers with this.  It definately sounds like a hereditary thing.  So glad to here of others with same symptoms - I look forward to hearing if anyone has found something that will help.

jessp wrote at 2010-04-02 04:24:06
I'm 44, have a slight hypothyroidism, good blood pressure, have been experiencing burst blood vessells in my fingers for about 3 years, about as long as I have been on the meds it seems. Happens with just a random bit of extra pressure on the finger, feels like needles, bruises for days and is scary. I showed my doc a pic and he had no clue?? The only other thingis that it seems like primarily females and I have gotten manicures and acrylic nails off and on for 20 or so years.

jessp wrote at 2010-04-02 04:24:14
I'm 44, have a slight hypothyroidism, good blood pressure, have been experiencing burst blood vessells in my fingers for about 3 years, about as long as I have been on the meds it seems. Happens with just a random bit of extra pressure on the finger, feels like needles, bruises for days and is scary. I showed my doc a pic and he had no clue?? The only other thingis that it seems like primarily females and I have gotten manicures and acrylic nails off and on for 20 or so years.

Bridgefield wrote at 2010-04-17 15:33:43
I googled hypothyroidism burst blood vessels and this came up - I have been recently diagnosed with hypothyriodism and was wondering if there was any link with my burst blood vessels which I've been having on and off for a few years.

Nancy wrote at 2010-04-17 22:41:00
I am 48, have Hypothyroid, normal blood pressure and have veins in my feet swell into a large lump and burst.  A couple of times in my hand, but mostly the bottom of my right foot.  Hoping for an answer.

Sharon wrote at 2010-06-21 15:35:02
Hi, I'm a 38 year old woman who has never smoked.  Two days ago I had a blood vessel burst in my pinkie and just now again.  I thought this was really weird, because I'm barely doing anything when it happens. So I thought I'd google this and see if other people experienced this.  In your comments, I see one word that seems to reoccur:  Hypothyroidism.  Hmmm.  I think I need to see a doctor and check it out.  

wrongmary wrote at 2010-09-25 03:53:01
Hi, I'm 27, a mother of two. I smoke and have fibromyalgia. I have had this for at least a few years. I smoke. My mother's fingers do the same. She is 48 and smoked a few years in her early twenties. Last week my index on my left hand burst. This week my right middle, pointer finger and palm did it. My fingers are hurt and swollen. Anyone ever figure anything out?

Sally wrote at 2010-09-26 23:28:42
I think I just had a vein burst in my dominant wrist.  I have been having issues lately with my legs: aching, bad circulation, numbness, tingling, creepy crawly feeling, restlessness while sitting, pain in calf, burning sensation.  They think it might be vericose veins.  Then my wrist started bothering me, like carpal tunnel syndrome symptoms.  I have an appt tomorrow w/Dr.  Then today all I was doing was holding my cell phone in my hand and had my hand extended back alittle with inside wrist facing up and allof a sudden, Owe!  I looked at my wrist and the vein that is always visible right in the center was bulging, and looking like it was bruising.  And guess what I have had hypothyroidism for 20 years now.  I am currently within the normal ranges, although close to the low end.  I have never heard about this condition before being common in hypothyroidism.  And I do research on many health issues all the time!  

Nivella wrote at 2010-10-29 12:23:56
I am  53 year old woman that has had these broken vessels  for years and it is still continuing. I was always very thin but suffered digestive problems since I had started receiving amalgam fillings. Then since I turned 50,  I had an an amalgam filling carelessly removed and swallowed the residue.  I developed thyroid nodules soon after. I have symptoms of hypothyroid --but have tested negative 3 times. No doctor has ever given me an accurate answer to the blood vessel breaks but  I would be interested to see how many of you have had these fillings and did your vessels start to break following your dental treatments with amalgam fillings. Those who have become hypothyroid should check out the mercury/iodine and bromine/idoine flouride/iodine connection  

HappyFingers wrote at 2011-05-30 23:10:17
I had this same problem, fingers only, for about 10 years. Am a late 60's never-smoked female, and had followed this thread for some time. Reading again recently, I noticed the comment about Calcium and vitamin D. Interestingly, for the past 6 mos I'm taking vitamin D daily, (because blood tests in the last annual physical showed a major deficiency) and I've had NO painful broken blood vessels since. Don't know if it's an answer, but I'm hopeful because they used to happen at least weekly, whether or not I carried heavy bags or bumped them.  PS - no one else in my family ever had this problem.

Irene wrote at 2011-07-16 21:50:57
Female, 51 and have had bursting blood vessels in my hands for a few years now although recently has become much more common.  Sometimes I just notice bruising, other times - like today- the pain.  I don't have thyroid problems that i know of.  I do take occassional sleeping pills.  Quit smoking 30 years ago.  no history of heart disease but I did have gestational diabetes.  The only supplement that I take on a regular basis is glucosamine for joint discomfort.

Sound familiar to anyone?  Any hints beside vit D?

kr.1.sti wrote at 2011-08-22 14:08:15
Hello. I stumbled across this link trying to figure out my problem too. I am 27 years old, smoke, and no children. I have not been to a doctor yet because it seems so trivial but I have a growing concern. Two weeks ago I had a blood vessel burst in my right hand ring finger at the joint. It healed in a couple days, but yesterday the same thing same spot occurred again. I have found no answer to explain this but a lot of possibilities. My biggest concern is an underlying problem I am not aware of, but can't afford.

Kookla9 wrote at 2011-10-28 17:09:11
Hello. I found this as a result of similar issues. I just had a blood vessel burst on a knuckle on my left hand. It was strange, and I was worried about it. I was recently diagnosed with Hashimoto's thyroiditis. I started taking synthroid, as well as vitamin D, since I was deficient. Other than that, I am a healthy, 30 year old non-smoker. I don't drink, and I am very active. It is very interesting to see that there is a common issue here, and will definitely ask my endocrinologist about this.

Sam wrote at 2011-11-02 17:46:39
i am 14 and have had 14 burst blood vessels in my hands in the past 4 days.

i have no idea why  it is happening as i am active and eat a healthy diet. i am not allergic to anything and are not on any medication. My dad and his mum both suffer from burst blood vessels, but this is the most in such a short time that either of them has heard of. please offer some help!

Linda wrote at 2012-01-13 05:48:05
I am 48 years old with Hashimotos and blood vessels burst in my hands all the time.Mostly on the underside of my fingers and my hand. I have also had some bruises that just never went away.One on my shin has been there for years.I have never found any explanation on the internet and the doctors don't seem to have a clue.This happened before I was diagnosed with hashimotos, also and I have never smoked.It does worry me.

dgirl wrote at 2012-01-22 23:42:42
I've had the blood vessels in my hands burst since I was about 9 years old. It happens once a month or so, usually on my fingers but today it was the palm of my hand. I asked the doctor. He said it was nothing to worry about. It sure is painful, and it seems to happen at odd times, without anything specific that would have caused injury.  

gmw210 wrote at 2012-03-09 22:55:57
I am a 48 year old non smoking female. I started having blood vessels beaking in my right index finger now since this past fall 2011. However, recently it is happening 2 to 3 times per week. Sometimes when doing nothing to other times performing menial tasks...walking dog, four-wheeling and gripping the hndle bars.  I'm noticing a lot of posts mentioning hypothyroidism, very curious indeed, as I just scheduled an appt. with the Dr.  I have numerous of the tell tale symptoms of hypothroidism. I am also a major sufferer of chronic migraines. I didn't see any others mentions this as an issue.  So will be doing a lot of discussing with the Dr. Let's hope she has an open mind. Posted  03/09/2012

nightingale wrote at 2012-04-12 20:47:00
I have had veins burst in my fingers, and wrists in the past but this year I had one burst in my eye, I was worried as my eye went red, my docotr thought I might have diabetes but it was negative, then last Saturday I had what I thought was cramp on my inner thigh, i was in agony and afraid it might be a blood clot, then a few days later I noticed a strange bruise on my inner thigh and the leg feeling tender.  I also have hypothyroidism.  I had a quantum magnetic test done recently and it said that the elasticity of my veins was poor and that walking would help I do a lot of walking everyday.  I purchased a pedometer and regularly do 5,000 steps plus per day.  I am active and eat well and take supplements to help myself I also take a flower remedy to help the veins.

Charley wrote at 2012-05-13 23:01:29
I have the same problem. I'm only 20 and if i hit something a little to hard or carry a bag full of cans a vein in my finger or hand pops and it hurts bad  especially if i touch it afterwords. I do smoke, could that be the cause of my weak veins  

busted mowing wrote at 2012-06-04 20:27:37
I also am 51 and just had one burst in my thumb and it hurts and swelled up, last week it was in my finger and both were after either lawn mowing or carrying something kind of heavy with my hands, however, nothing huge!!!! What is this a lack of...calcium, why are we asking this question thousands of times and there are no answers????

RuthieJ wrote at 2012-06-22 07:48:08
I'm 34 - this started happening to me over the last few years - it started in my fingers when I was gardening pulling up stubborn wiry grass. However, now and then it would happen when only doing light things in my fingers too.

This evening though I just pushed the back door closed with the palm of my hand which is quite there was a fair bit of pressure there...and my vein in my palm burst. I've got a big blue mark that's soo soo painful in my palm.

As far as I'm concerned I'm relatively fit and healthy so no idea why this is happening???

It's interesting to read this may be hereditary...i'll ask my mum if she gets the same thing.  

Carla wrote at 2012-07-08 18:36:48
I am a 51 year old female and have had this problem in my hands for years.  Now it's started in my feet recently.  Glad to hear others know what I am experiencing, but frustrated to not find an answer.  

Melissa from Ohio wrote at 2012-07-11 16:27:55
I am 37. Hysterectomy with removal of ovaries at 29. I take hormone replacement therapy in the form of a patch. On medication for underactive thyroid gland for 4-5 years. About a year ago I started having problem with stringy floaters in my eyes causing very irritating vision problems. Recently, I began experiencing veins popping in my fingers. Last night I had a huge one rupture in my hand. I did not hit it and was not doing anything physically that would have injured the hand.

I have read a lot about this issue. I saw that taking Vitamin C (2000mg to build and 500mg to maintain), along with Calcium and Bioflavanoids will help build the strength of the blood vessel walls. I will be starting this today.

Stop smoking and cut out caffeine. Follow a proper diet. Get the cholesterol checked. Exercise.  

linda wrote at 2012-07-17 21:15:36
I have the same spontaneous ruptures of blood vessels in my fingers and hands.  I found a name for it - paroxysmal finger hematoma or Achenbach's Syndrome. It is more common in women and is benign.  Treatment is similar as treatment for a bruise - cold and elevation followed by heat in a day or two to help absorb the blood.

I'm sure it would be good to check with a doctor to make sure it's nothing more serious.

alfie wrote at 2012-10-21 18:39:53
I'm 60 and have had the same spontaneous bursting of blood vessels in my fingers for about 10 years or so.  It feels a lot like getting stung by a bee, then it bruises and swells.  The stinging sensation goes away in about 15 minutes, but the bruise and swelling take a few days to disappear.  I also have hypothyroidism. No one else in my family seems to have this problem so I don't see a heredity factor.  Like all of you, the doctors don't seem concerned about it.  I wonder if it has anything to do with circulation?

Dean wrote at 2012-11-12 06:53:15
I have just had this happen to me for the first time. I am a 43YO male, non-smoker, non-drinker with low blood pressure. Did some research on the net and came across this site.

I had blood tests just last week and have good iron levels (now), not diabetic but do have elevated cholestrol.

Was diagnosed with Haemachromatosis about a year ago but other than that am fit & healthy.

Interested to see if there is a deficiency or other underlying reason why this happens?

isabel wrote at 2012-11-19 07:55:30
Hi, I've been reading all your contributions, reassuring to see I am not the only one. I've googled Achenbach syndrom as suggested by one of you and it seems to be the answer but no explanation as to why it occurs (but I'll try fo find out more about it). I'm a smoker, 49, no hypothyroid as far as I know. Blood vessels burst in my hands sometimes for no reason.

Dr M wrote at 2012-11-23 15:23:34
Hi I  am a  62 y/o female natural health physician. I have a lengthy history of unusual symptoms as well as responses to simple medications, vitamins, and herbs. I was diagnosed with chronic fatigue immunodeficiency syndrome by an immunologist, and multiple chemical sensitivity syndrome by an allergist. O ER the last 15-20 years I have experienced infrequent episodes of sudden Itching,burning, and stinging pain in a small vessel mostly in my hands or wrist. It happened again last night and I was freightened. I was thankful to locate this forum as I wasn't sure if this was a clot or a bleed and local or a progressive systemic reaction. I knew if I went to the hospital it would be frustrating and may turn out poorly. It is difficult to ignore the suggestion to hypothyroidism, but I would also like to suggest that we get tested for "cold agglutinins and cryoglobins." They may be associated with underlying comditions such as Lyme disease, mycoplasma, and others. These are blood tests that look at specific antibodies that may explain our symptoms. I plan to do this and will post my results. In the past I too had symptoms that would appear to be associated with hypothyroidism without any positive old test results. I have always, however, run a basal temperature of around 94- 94.4. Also of interest is that the last three episodes of the vascular bursting were preceded by what seemed like arthritic like flare ups. I also noticed a dryness in my mouth, gums, and tongue. I have also started having more frequent headaches that are connected toy vision. I believe that I will be able to connect these symptoms to an immune reaction involving IGG and IGM

Dr M wrote at 2012-11-25 14:23:08
As I promised, I spent most of the day searching for an answer. It then occurred to me to look at the situation from a homeopathic and Chinese medicine aspect. There are several homeopathic remedies, that based on the entire symptom complex, would be of value in the treatment of the sudden small vessel ruptures. I hesitate to mention the names of these as they should only be prescribed by a classical homeopathic physician. From a Chinese medicine aspect, the symptoms point to an energetic spleen deficiency. You can google spleen deficiency to see if you also fit into this category. This is important for you to know as their are dietary adjustments and life style changes that will help clear of the deficiency and prevent hemmorhagic conditions. My concern was that the small vessels that were breaking was just the beginning of a more serious hemmorhagic condition. Again, spleen deficiency is associated with cold and lacking vital heat which is also part of the hypothyroid picture. I am not drinking hot ginger tea and I will use Moxa over several of the acupuncture points to strengthen my spleen meridian. I also did some ChiGong this morning to help bring energy into the channel. I will keep you posted as to how I am doing. I live in FL and it is unusually cold today.

Elaine Tott wrote at 2012-11-27 15:09:28
I've just burst my little finger holding a paint brush. Happens all the time! My worry is...if I bang my head, could I easily burst something in my brain??? Leading to a stroke?


kelln wrote at 2012-12-20 03:03:32
I am a 30 year old white female and I have had a vein to rupture in my wrist now for the 2nd time. This time is much worse than the first. I felt a pain, then noticed the vein in my wrist had tripled. I applied ice and when the vein went down after about thirty minutes, a very bad bruise appeared. I'm still having pain in the sight after 2 days and of course a horrible bruise. I also have hypothyroid disease. I was diagnosed 12 years ago at 18. This rupturing is very alarming. I am currently a smoker.  

midwifeanji wrote at 2012-12-27 02:54:02
I just did a search as I have noticed broken blood vessels that are bruising in my hands, mostly on the tops of my hands. I thought it might be the medications I am taking. I too am hypothyroid and wonder if it is from the levothyroxin I take?  

Rvbarbara wrote at 2013-01-01 16:43:30
I too have had the problem of bursting blood vessels in my fingers for the past 50 years. I'm now 64. I have to stay away from aspirin. Taking aspirin makes this problem worse.  I've found nothing that helps except to keep your hands out of extremely hot water.  

Kathi wrote at 2013-01-18 18:18:57
I have also started having blood vessels burst in my fingers. Last night was the latest time, as I had been driving but was sitting still when it happened. I dont recall holding the steering wheel any differently than normal. After reading these answers it is very curious that I also am hypothyroid and on generic Synthroid for the last 12 years.  I wonder if there is a connection.  

terri wrote at 2013-01-19 18:32:52

This link might be helpful for those of us who are trying to fix the underlying problem of hypothyroidism--which might be why our veins in our hands are breaking.

Cee wrote at 2013-02-21 20:13:47
I am a 24 yr old non smoking female with two children. Over the past two years I have noticed this happening with my fingers and hands. It occurs when I barely add pressure or like many doing nothing at all. I had heart failure in my last pregnancy and now have been diagnosed with SVT(Supraventricular tachycardia), have had a successful ablation, but still episodes of SVT. I am on Atenolol to keep my heart rate stable. I do not think the two ate related, and have never had any of my numerous testing show I have hypothyroidism. I do believe I have poor circulation as well, my feet and hands are almost always freezing. Still looking for answers on this. I have a few nasty bruises from trying to open a jar, from vessels popping. It occurs in my palm, all fingers, and wrists.  

jules wrote at 2013-03-09 16:34:28
I have been looking for an answer to the same problem.  I have never smoked and consider myself pretty healthy.  My blood pressure is generally low and I have had trouble with hyperthyroidism and migraine headaches.  I'm hoping to learn of something I can add to my diet to stop or decrease the frequency of these bursting blood vessels.  It appears from the posts that this is quite common.

dent22 wrote at 2013-04-24 07:37:06
I have been looking at hypermobility syndrome- which I am pretty sure I have. A lot of these posts mention very similar issues - joint pain, early hysterectomy, heart problems/ racing heart beat, I used to get a vein burst in my ring finger so I have had to give up wearing rings. I wonder if any have other signs of hypermobility -look up the Brighton criteria for hypermobility syndrome.

housewifeone wrote at 2013-06-14 22:03:43
I am have had these blood vessels burst i get an itch on my finger scratch is very lightly then wow my finger swells, is painful and there is bruising didnt know so many people suffered with this!Got worried thought it would spread all over my hand but it didnt? bad bruising that spreads all over my finger i too take levothyroxin??

TraceyMarie wrote at 2013-09-03 19:53:50
Not to worry anyone but had this happen to me. One finger started to swell then turned black from tip to bottom, back to front.. the whole finger was black..  Turned out to be an embolic phenomenon 'a blood clot forming in the heart due do blood pooling, the clot then breaking off traveling to the finger' .. All due to heart valve problems which were supposedly minor. If you know you have AF a heart murmur or valve regurgitation and have this happen then do have your Doctor check for this phenomenon as you may need to be on blood thinners and heart medication!

mandy wrote at 2013-09-13 21:21:00
I think what everyone may be describing is something called "Achenbach Syndrome".  The cause is unknown, but one study showed a reduction in digital blood flow and that it may play a role in the condition (see below).  Low blood pressure is a symptom of Hypothyroidism.

I think things like lack of sleep and water, chronic stress, and vitamin deficiencies should also be addressed; since they can all cause inadequate blood pressure and weak blood vessel walls.

Robertson A, Liddington MI, Kay SP. Paroxysmal finger haematomas (Achenbach's syndrome) with angiographic abnormalities. J Hand Surg Br 2002; 27: 391–3

Elaine wrote at 2013-10-07 21:30:47
I am 48 years old and female and have been on High blood pressure treatment for the last couple of years. I don't have Hypothyroidism but do have some of the symptoms for it. I do get very tired and out of breath easily. Maybe I should ask my GP for a blood test to be done next time I go as most of the people posting here do seem to have it. I started having trouble with burst veins in my hands about 3 months ago. The first time was during washing the pots and it was in my palm. I felt a sharp pain and then noticed the vein was enlarged and a bruise developed soon after and lasted a few days. My latest popped vein happened today whilst washing my hands and is on my knuckle on my middle finger. I'm pleased to know I am not alone but must admit you do worry in case you have an underlying problem.  

Linnit wrote at 2013-10-10 19:17:21
Hi, I am a 43 yr old female, light smoker. In the last two weeks I've had a vessel burst in the center of my middle finger twice. The first time it happened I was opening a draw, the second time sweeping. Both times i felt like a pop and a feeling of warmth quickly followed by bruising but the difference this time is that I now have a dull ache all up my arm!? I have recently took up archery and am wondering if this is why this is happening, but it doesn't occur till a few days after I have trained( only do it on Sundays for now). I have a blood disorder called factor v Leiden which means I'm prone to blood clots more than the average person. But what I have found is that a lot of you talk about hypothyroidism.. Do you think I should get checked up for this?

Renae wrote at 2013-10-28 14:53:45
I just started having this problem of broken blood vessels in my finger and the palm of my hand.  Most of my symptoms are the same.  A painful burst that gets hot and feels better if I run it under cool water or apply ice to it. I take Levothyroxine, have mild psoriasis and have some arthritis pain.  I noticed that we are mostly females that are in the age range for menopause.  I wonder if this is relevant to the condition?

Cat wrote at 2014-05-11 12:00:22
Here is a link that explained a LOT:

Spacecase76 wrote at 2014-05-20 05:17:03
I am a 37 year old female. I've had this happen in my hands and feet for a couple of years now. I am going in for blood work later this week. I'm curious to see if there is a hypothyroid link-that is one of the things the doctor is checking for. I didn't see anyone mention low iron, but I do have low iron so have started supplementing again. I have alpha thalassemia..really I should be on iron all the time. I will post my thyroid status after I visit my doctor in 2 weeks.

I am relieved to see that I am not the only one. This does not run on my family.

kenneth@UK wrote at 2014-05-22 20:30:33
I am a complimentary health practitioner and have come across this problem a number of times and the common denominator is that the client is on anti-depressants and has been for a number of years. Hypothyroidism has not figured in my cases.

Jazminsw wrote at 2014-06-05 06:30:25
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Popped Blood Vessel in Hands

Popped blood vessel in a person’s hands happen when a clot forms in the blood vessel. This clot of blood causes an obstruction and hinders the blood’s rapid flow thereby causing arteries to bulge. The increased pressure caused by the rapid blood flow then weakens the blood vessel which results to the arteries bursting and blood leaking from the vessels.

Such a condition happens due to a number of causes like sudden bumping of the hand into a hard object, using the hand to break or support a heavy and hard object, high blood pressure, malnutrition and bruising due to aging skin.

squeeziecat wrote at 2014-08-14 21:59:54
Look up Achenbach's syndrome, "a rare clinical entity consisting of spontaneous paroxysmal bruising on the volar aspects of fingers or hand associated with burning pain and swelling of the digits."

Dr. Lisa wrote at 2014-10-03 17:50:56
Achenbach's syndrome was first described in the 1950s as a rare, benign self-limiting condition which causes paroxysmal bruising in the hand or fingers.1

Women are more commonly affected than men and the age of onset is predominantly over 50. The phalanges of the middle and index finger are the most commonly affected.2 Patients report a spontaneous sudden onset of burning or itching sensations in the finger, followed within minutes by the appearance of bruising, usually on the palmar aspect of the fingers.2, 3 The finger then becomes swollen, pale and cold. Movement can be restricted. The recurrence rate is very variable and the haematomas generally resorb within a few days. Associations with acrocyanosis, gastrointestinal disorders, migraines and gall bladder disease have been noted.4 The diagnosis is made on the basis of the clinical assessment, because coagulation, haematological and biochemical parameters, as well conventional radiology and Doppler examination are normal.5 These authors also reported that the distribution of the discoloration is limited on the volar aspect of the digit but usually does not involve the tip.

The aetiology is not yet established but is probably of vascular origin. In a recent publication of two cases of women with Achenbach's syndrome authors suggest that there may be an association with a marked reduction in digital blood flow at arteriography.6 The role of anti-migraine medication (ergotamine) may influence the microvascular digital flow and induce a vasospastic reaction.

The clinical presentation of the syndrome must be distinguished from other conditions such as painful bruising syndrome (autoerythrocyte sensitisation syndrome, which commonly involves the legs and trunk) dermatitis artefacta, spontaneous rupture of the vincula, trauma and Raynaud's syndrome.

As the acute phase of the syndrome can be very alarming to both the patient and the physician, they should both be aware of the existence and benignity of this condition and not undergo unnecessary invasive investigations.

Brenda wrote at 2014-10-14 16:08:15
Thank you everyone.  I have been having this problem the last few years.  I have Graves Disease (Hyperthyroid) which has been destroyed by radioactive Iodine and now I take Levothyroxine for Hypothyroidism.  This similarity throughout these answers has made me more calm about the issue.

house wife and mother in pain wrote at 2014-10-15 00:46:59
Wow I have been looking for answers for a long time I'm 26 years old and my veins burst all the time in my hands and arms been going on for about for years now but they are getting more and more painful I boost one earlier today in my thumb and the whole side of my thumb up to my elbow bruised and my whole shoulder is hurting, I've been to my family doctor but all he can say is to drink more water ,lol , but I'm thinking maybe this is something bigger now....

nabee wrote at 2014-10-20 23:47:06
I have the same problem - broken blood capillary (small red dots on my arm) after carrying a heavy purse, plastic bag etc.. I have a Hashimoto and I'm hypo. I think there is a link. I will ask my endocrinologist about it and will give you an update.

Kimberly wrote at 2014-10-25 17:04:36
Yet another one chiming in with the same problem. I'm 42, female, have Hashimoto hypo and have been on Levothyroxine for years, as well as a low anti-anxiety Paxil dose. This first started happening a few years ago but has been getting more prevalent in my middle and ring fingers this year.

Will up the water drinking and add a vitamin supplement as that's all I've seen on the thread that might help at all.  

Jane wrote at 2014-10-28 13:30:07
I have this as well on my finger tips, normally my thumbs or fore fingers, but it has also occured on my other fingers.

What does this mean exactly? Is it just weak blood vessels as one uses their fingers quite a lot or is this signifying an underlying medical problem?

btw, I'm 20 female.

Michelle R. wrote at 2014-12-10 14:43:22
I am a female, currently 42 years old, but have had this issue: blood vessels bursting in my fingers, since my late 30's.  I have probably had it happen a total of 15-20 times.  I have never smoked, and the only medication I take regularly is Birth Control pills.  I've never had this happen in my feet.  Only my fingers.  The "burst" is sudden.  They've actually been loud enough that I could hear the "pop".  Then it stings like the dickens, and swells a little (not a lot) and you can almost immediately see a blue area under the skin.  It has happened to me several times when I am cooking.  I thought a quick change from hot to cold (washing my hands in cold water) might be part of the problem.  I have mentioned these to my doctor but never got a "term" for the condition.  After mentioning these to my brother, it happened to him too (he is 2 years older than me).  He is the one who found the term: Achenbach Syndrome.  I don't worry about these incidences too much.  My doctor didn't think they were a need for alarm, and my bruising and localized sensitivity are usually gone within 2-3 days.

Michelle R. wrote at 2014-12-10 14:46:01
Oh!  And "rare" my foot....look at the number of women in this string who have experienced this phenomena.  I think it is just hugely unreported.  

tripletmama wrote at 2014-12-18 06:25:35
I too have this exact issue and am a healthy, non smoking, non drinking, 28 year old, mother to 4. It began in my hands and feet (mainly fingers and toes) upon gentle bumps/etc as a teen but I never really thought about it until it got worse. It now happens in my lower arms and legs as well though.

tripletmama wrote at 2014-12-18 06:27:54
I just answered, but let me add that this has happened while on and off birth control, with and without other medications, while pregnant and not pregnant, and is exactly as described above. I have a sudden "pop" or "burst" feeling and then it stings/burns and immediately begins to turn blue and swell. Lasts sometimes as little as a few hours (pain wise, blue spot sticks around for longer) or as long as a week.

Cindy wrote at 2015-01-27 05:07:28
I'm 57 and very healthy and take no medications or have any known ailments. I have had the occurrence happen 3x times of a popped vessel from the finger.  Today it happened while playing tennis and turned my entire hand blue, probably because I continued playing for 2 hrs. After a couple hours my hand color turned back to normal.  After sifting through all the information that I could research it seems most likely that this is Achenbach syndrome, however curiously doctors don't seem to know why or what is the cause of this.  They don't seem to be concerned at all. And although it may be non-threatening the bottom line is, there is a reason it is happening.  I would like to seek a homeopathic correction and if I find it I will post it.  I'm going to start with iodine as I switched a year ago to a natural sea salt that has no iodine.  

Jan wrote at 2015-06-21 16:13:01
It appears we all have a similar age group but thats it. What I wonder abou is Marfans syndrome? Are any of you tall, have long extremeties?

sosunflowers wrote at 2015-08-03 14:17:36
I have had this same problem since 1980 when I was in my 20s, blood vessels bursting in my hands, fingers and toes for no apparent reason.  I've asked several doctors about this and they didn't have any answers, but a doctor of naturopathy  told me to take citrus biflavonoids and Vitamin C to strengthen the capillaries and veins.  This has helped enormously.  The condition only comes back when I am not vigilant about taking my vitamins.  

Chris dcb wrote at 2015-08-09 16:53:32
I have found that if I notice that I have popped a vein in my finger I can treat it with the following procedure: 1) firm direct pressure to the site of the burst blood vessel then 2) tightly wrap adhesive tape over the finger at the site extending 1/2" either side.  Leave the tape in place for 15 minutes and remove.  Saves a lot of pain and bruising.

Theresa wrote at 2015-08-27 09:27:19
Hi, I thought I was the only one who had this painful thing happening. I am glad, sad, and alarmed to see that there are others who suffer from cramped and bursting blood vessels in their fingers. I am 45, female, in good health. Except I di have hypothyroidism and took levothyridisine (sp?) for 2 years and gained 100 lbs and still felt like crud all day, everyday ( but that's a whole other issue). Anyways, I am also an ex smoker and drinker. On occasion I will get a painful cramp in one of my blood vessels in one of my fingers. I don't recall doing anything out I the ordinary when it happens. It hurts, and I green& purple red bruise with tenderness for a few days afterwards. Its happened fur years maybe once or twice a year. No other symptoms at the time. That I can recall. No family history, though I never asked. Maternal grandfather died from a stroke when he was 57. No diabetes or blood pressure issues on either side I my family. I am in great shape, I list the 200 lbs when I stopped taking thyroid meds and changed my diet. I teach aqua aerobic classes fir a living 5 days a week so I would say I have good heart and lungs aka circulation. But now I am not sure. And from what I'm reading in tho post us a common thread. Hypothyroidism and women around the same age. And... Doctors not having a diagnosis fir it. So.... I'm concerned. Sad that so many if us gave thus scary and painful affliction and nit have any answers. I must say thank you to those who share their story and I hope that someone out there reading thus can decipher the symptoms and get back to us a cure or a cause and treatment, prevention.  I am concerned about the possibility of a sudden stroke. Wondering if its a small blood clit causing thus problem??? I hope not. Any answers are welcomed. Thanks and take care.

Susan wrote at 2015-08-29 14:28:37
I have this same problem.  I believe it's related to the platelet count.  

Kym Koala wrote at 2015-09-13 03:58:03
46 female and healthy . I've been looking for answers to this phenomenon for years as it happens constantly to me . Glad and sad that I have found fellow sufferers x

emmapal wrote at 2015-09-16 22:10:01
I too have not been able to find any answers: I even asked a hemotologist who had never heard of it.

Been happening maybe 15 years, random/spontaneous blood vessels burst on the undersides of my fingers and toes, the vessel bulges and throbs, then burns as the blood pools under the skin and forms a bruise. It's quite painful and unrelated to any activity. Recently one burst in my inner wrist and formed a large, tender bruise.

I'm 38, PCOS, 6 kids, never smoked, fit and healthy, no cavities, normal hormone levels tested many times, take no medications or supplements, no chronic disorders.

If it's no big deal, that would be nice to know, but if it's a symptom of an underlying disorder, that would be helpful. What concerns me is if it becomes more frequent because it is so painful I can see how it could interrupt life, especially when I'm walking on a toe that has a ruptured vessel. Right now it only happens a few times per year.

Any leads are welcome!

emmapal wrote at 2015-09-16 22:39:43
Looks like classic Achenbach, rare and harmless, if painfully annoying

looley wrote at 2015-10-31 23:04:21
Not too rare if this many people are suffering with it.  I am 58, on no medications, and no health issues. Smoked but quit 12 years ago.  I will go for several months without a single incident then I will experience several within a week or two.  Really strange.

Dennis'mom wrote at 2015-11-12 23:38:03
OK, I', 61 now and like many of you have had this condition for many years, but I wasn't too concerned, because my Mom had the same symptoms and lived to be 91 yrs. old!  The worry now is because I've had broken blood vessels in my hands 3 times in the past 3 weeks.... will call my doc tomorrow, but meanwhile, I will start taking more vitamin C.   I have been tested for thyroid problems before, and someone suggested I might have Raynaud's Syndrome because of my cold hands. I also have high blood pressure, and high cholesterol, plus gerd, so who knows?!.  After reading this blog, though- I have to agree -this doesn't seem like a rare condition!!

AZ wrote at 2015-12-07 14:29:16
I was having the popped blood vessels in my right hand middle finger about once a season.  Then on Halloween, I popped it.  5 more times would happen with in 1 to 1.5 weeks of each other.  I have Graves disease which is from hyperthyroidism.  Well I have been taking medication to lower my TSH levels and the day before Thanksgiving I found that my levels shot up causing me to be Hypothyroid!  They reduced my medicine and i haven't had the blood vessels pop since.  So, seeing a bunch of your answers with a lot of connections to Hypothyroid, I think we may have some correlation there.    AZ

sarah1942 wrote at 2016-04-30 07:07:03
I am 73 and have had this condition for years. I am hypothyroid and have bad arthritis. In the night I have had one burst in my wrist.  

Lili wrote at 2016-06-21 03:24:06
So grateful to not be alone!! This has been happening for a couple of years now. I have terrible swelling in my hands and feet in the morning. Recently the swelling has been in the middle finger on my left hand and my knuckle on that finger is growing and is very painful to the touch. I don't know what to think. I also have hypothyroidism.

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