My hands swell pretty badly every night. Most every morning my rings are tight and I have trouble putting on my watch. I have also been recently tested for thyroid function and it's all normal. I think sodium in the diet has a lot to do with swelling too. When I eat too much salt, I swell worse.
I have fibro, and I have significant edema of my feet, ankles, fingers, face....
Interesting to hear that others have this symptom as well.
Had it, have you had any blood testing done to test the inflammation in your blood? I was DX'd with Fibro which I don't argue I have but I have other issues as well. My Rheumy didn't want to deal with it so she over looked the high markers I have for inflammation. My SED rate and my CRP have been very high. I found another Rheumatologist in a big city university hospital who has been doing a lot of tests has put me on other medications and I am feeling better than I have felt in YEARS. I've been sick for the last 20 + years and no one would listen. I tend to test negative for so many things but I had these high markers for inflammation. In my case it's not a matter of salt...maybe it's not in yours either.
Sharon, interesting what you said about testing for inflammation in my blood. I have had every blood test known to man, and I know that my PCP told me that my latest blood work did show that there is inflammation somewhere in my body. I too have many health issues. In addition to fibro, I have interstitial cystitis, as well as coronary artery disease, and some kind of connective tissie disorder. I never experienced edema until I was put on statins after a heart attack this month last year (I am a 44 year old female, always in good shape prior to all of this). Anyway, I developed many side effects from the statins and had to discontinue taking them, but shortly after, developed significant edema in my ankles, fingers, etc....in addition, I have strange neuro symptoms, like pain along with numbness in my face, tingling in my hands, feet, fingers and toes. All of these symptoms I have been told go hand and hand with fibro, but I am just not sure I guy it. Nobody can seem to figure anything out, and I am beyond frustrated at this point. THe facial pain and numbness is my most disturbing symptom to date. I just saw a neuro as I was convinced that some of these symptoms may indicate MS, but was told no, without the neuro even doing any tests at all....as soon as he was told I had fibro, that was it, nothing else was done....is anyone else as completely frustrated as I am?? I am on a laundry list of meds, from pain meds to gabapentin, flexeril, valium.......etc....I have also gained close to 25 pounds, again,, very hard to swallow for somebody who has always been in really good shape and has been used to working out on a consistent basis and a pretty high intensity. Sorry to ramble!! My frustration is showing!