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Old 11-14-2004, 12:44 PM   #1
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Fingers swelling up when I walk?

Hi All!
I wasn't sure where to put this, so I thought I'd start here. If theres a better place, I"m sorry . I have noticed that when I take a walk, for exercise, my fingers on both my hands will swell up. It will happen in the summer especially but also in the cold weather too. It just happened today again. Anyone know why? I'm overweight a bit and I dont exercise as much as I should, so I'm sure that has somethign to do with it... they go down soon after I get done and relax a little.
If any of you can help, please let me know.

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Old 11-14-2004, 12:49 PM   #2
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Re: Fingers swelling up when I walk?

A doctor told me many years ago that "fat" is like a sponge and soaks up lots of water in the body. If this has happened to you, it could be gravity is helping excess fluid in the upper part of body to drain down into your hands, especially if you walk swinging hands back and forth. Just a guess.

 
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Re: Fingers swelling up when I walk?

Hi! Just wanted to let you know this happens to me too, and I'm not overweight at all. It happened the first time during my first pregnancy a couple years ago, and still happened (but not as bad) even after I delivered. Now that I'm pregnant again, it's even worse. I think it's from your body "holding water" as the previous poster said. I know I have a tendency not to drink enough water, and when I drink lots of water it doesn't happen as bad.
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Old 11-14-2004, 01:18 PM   #4
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Re: Fingers swelling up when I walk?

Wow, thanks for the quick replies!! I know I dont' drink enough water either, although I am taking a medication now which requires me to drink a full glass with it, so the last couple days I have been drinking more. I guess its probably nothing to be really concerned about though if it happens to you two also. It doesn't last long for me but its just something I notice because it feels odd .
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Re: Fingers swelling up when I walk?

A coach in College told me that this could be an allergic reaction to adrenalin. See your doctor to see if an antiallergy medication would alleviate the symptoms.

 
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Re: Fingers swelling up when I walk?

For me it's always been directly gravity-related. If I walk with my hands at my sides for a long time my fingers swell a bit. If I wiggle them or hold them up, it goes away. I think it's just a gravity thing. If it happens at other times, too, then you might want to get it checked out.

In the winter, your blood vessels constrict because of the cold, so not as much fluid gets into the tissues to cause swelling. That's why it happens more in the summer.

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