hello, i’ve got these thin, visible “branch-like” veins (?) around my finger joints (pip and pid, i think…), palm side. they look purple/blue depending on the hand position, and it hurts to bend these joints. i was diagnosed with either sjogren’s or uctd about 5 years ago. is this normal? it will take a while to get an appointment with my rheumatologist–is this something that requires immediate care?
Such veins are quiet normal and their colour appears blue due to the deoxygenated blood flowing in it. In certain cases, they might get enlarged; the condition called varicose veins. They can be treated by any radiologist by radio-ablation of varicose veins. If you are suspecting any orthopaedic issue behind the pain, you should consult a rheumatologist or orthopaedic surgeon.