This is my first post, great forum you have here! I've been searching all over for answers but have come up empty handed, so I figured I'd try this a shot to see if anybody here has had a similar experience.
A couple years ago, a friend of mine turned me on to Nitric Oxide supplements. Some people say they don't work, but man, they worked for me. The effects were immediate. Instantly, I was adding 2-3 reps on almost every set I did. Over time, my body started to improve as well. At age 37, I'm the most ripped I've ever been in my whole life and have become quite vascular as well. I've always been pretty lean, so I've always been somewhat vascular. But after a couple years on and off of Nitric Oxide, I've had lots of new veins started to appear that I've never noticed before.
Most of the veins I like. However, there is one that I HATE!! A month ago, I was driving to the gym and had my sunroof open. The sunlight was hitting my temple and bam, there it was. A vein was going down the entire length of my temple, like a wiggling worm. Over the next few weeks, this bothered me more and more, so I finally quit the supplements. My stack was Jack3d, Creatine 189 and GNC's NO supplement. I quit all of it. I expected my veins to gradually start to return to normal, but nothing has changed so far. Some of the veins on my body might be going down a bit (possibly because I'm trying to take some time off the gym as well), but the one in my temple is still there.
At rest in a cool room, you can barely see it. But as soon as I do anything to raise my body temp just a bit, boom, the vein pops out (see attached pic of me sitting in the sun the other day). Anyway, I've done a lot of research on this, and it doesn't seem very typical for "normal" people. By normal, I mean the rest of the world with normal levels of body fat, etc. As I walked around the mall yesterday, I couldn't help but look at everybody else's temples. Not one vein to be seen. My online searches revealed the following possible causes for your temple artery to become prominent:
This isn't for me, I've weighed the same for years now
I'm going through a divorce, so I'm sure that's not helping. But I've been pretty stressed with work for years now, so stress is nothing new to me.
Possible, as I am 37 now. But I would expect to aging to be more gradual. This vein came on very suddenly. In fact, I looked through a whole bunch of photos. I found one from just a couple months ago. It was hot, at the beach, all the conditions to cause the vein to freak out. But there's no vein. Not even a hint of it.
So that leads me to possible damage from the NO Supplements. After all, they all tout "get huge bulging veins" and that's exactly what I have. We all know that NO supplements are a powerful vasodilator. But now I'm worried that my temple vein has been dilated and is going to be permanently bugling. I have been freaking out (cause it's quite ugly on my face), and went to the doc to get my blood pressure checked. I'm 110/70, which is supposedly perfect. She said it was a cosmetic issue only and recommended I talk to a vascular specialist. Uhghg. My god. What have I done to myself???
The only photos I can find online that match mine are of old people suffering from Temporal Artesis, which is a very serious condition for old folk and something that I most definitely do not have. I've attached two photos. One from January, one from March. They are taken from different angles, but both show the same temple. As you can see, in January, I was totally fine. And now in March, I have a huge vein. WTF???
So my question to all of you... Do any of you that take NO supplements have this condition? Do any of you have this condition that don't take NO supplements? Do any of you know if this level of vasodilatation is permanent?
I'm going to make an appointment with a vein specialist, but figured I ask around the bodybuilding community to see if any of you had similar experiences on the past. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.