I'm Obsessed- Hi and thanks for your post. Yes, the red spider veins. I am going to try to discount them. I don't think there is a rasied red dot within them, but I keep looking. I do have few red dots that don't have veins with them. Glad you said many people have them. As for the veins you say you have on your abdomen, I think that's normal. In fact, I have some bluish ones down my sides and actually my daughter does too (and I know she is young and healthy). Since her and I have fair skin, they definitely show up. If a person had portal hypertension, I'm pretty sure at that point they'd be feeling very sick and the abdomen would be huge. Not like a fat belly, but severely huge and noticeable. I recently went to my gastro for follow up from my colonoscopy. I shared some of my concerns. He wasn't concerned at all. If bloodwork is normal, they don't worry. From what I have read, I am thinking we are okay if blood is normal. See, I think if we were so bad off that out labs when back to normal, we'd be sick enough to know it first. Such is the life of a hypochondriac. lol.