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Old 08-09-2007, 04:01 PM   #1
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Question Wrinkley Fingers???!???!!???

I was driving home from work today & my fingers felt funny. I looked down & they were wrinkley like I had been in the bath or something, but I was in a car on the way home, not the tub! Is that weird or is this something that happens to everyone? It wasn't very long after & my hands swelled up & I couldn't get my rings off hardly (that is not unusual for me though. I swell a lot & always have). Has anyone else had this? I am just curious....

 
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Are you on diuretics? I guess you would be for your edema issues. Your dose could be too high. Do you have your lytes checked often? Perhaps they are imbalanced. After a recent bout with a pretty bad edema, I still have a few pockets of liquid? mostly at the bottom of my legs/feet. Looks a bit weird. Perhaps your shrinkage is the opposite - too much liquid drawn out....as opposed to not enough....

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What? ...No, I am not on diuretics. What are "lytes"? I am not sure of anything you said... I have never been treated for my swelling, I just figured it was me & never mentioned it to my doctor before. Should I be concerned about it?

 
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What? ...No, I am not on diuretics. What are "lytes"? I am not sure of anything you said... I have never been treated for my swelling, I just figured it was me & never mentioned it to my doctor before. Should I be concerned about it?
I would not be concerned about the shrinking fingertips, if it was a one time occurence. You can certainly mention it to your doctor and see what he/she says.

Lytes is an abbreviation used for electrolytes. They are needed for bodily fluid maintenance. You've heard of them...sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium to name a few. Electrolyte balance is regulated by hormones, such as aldosterone. The kidneys flush out excess levels. People with kidney problems have their electrolytes tested often. Any imbalance could quickly become a medical emergency and lead to cardiac or neurological problems. You said you swelled a lot, and I assumed you had frequent edemas. Diuretics are often prescribed to help the body get rid of excess fluids in people with edemas. So I figured you were on diuretics.

Mention the swelling to your doctor - it''s not to be ignored. There's a reason for that, whatever that is. Some prescription medications cause edema, in some cases severe edema. Mine was pretty bad, just a few weeks ago. Got extra diuretics which helped me get rid of all those extra fluids. It probably happened because of my prescription meds. My lower half from waist down was hugely swollen. It was painful and very scary. I looked like a baloon and could barely walk. My first edema ever and a whopper to boot!
Sometimes only the feet and ankles swell. It's very common with many possible causes.

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I would not be concerned about the shrinking fingertips, if it was a one time occurence. You can certainly mention it to your doctor and see what he/she says.

Lytes is an abbreviation used for electrolytes. They are needed for bodily fluid maintenance. You've heard of them...sodium, potassium, calcium, magnesium to name a few. Electrolyte balance is regulated by hormones, such as aldosterone. The kidneys flush out excess levels. People with kidney problems have their electrolytes tested often. Any imbalance could quickly become a medical emergency and lead to cardiac or neurological problems. You said you swelled a lot, and I assumed you had frequent edemas. Diuretics are often prescribed to help the body get rid of excess fluids in people with edemas. So I figured you were on diuretics.

Mention the swelling to your doctor - it''s not to be ignored. There's a reason for that, whatever that is. Some prescription medications cause edema, in some cases severe edema. Mine was pretty bad, just a few weeks ago. Got extra diuretics which helped me get rid of all those extra fluids. It probably happened because of my prescription meds. My lower half from waist down was hugely swollen. It was painful and very scary. I looked like a baloon and could barely walk. My first edema ever and a whopper to boot!
Sometimes only the feet and ankles swell. It's very common with many possible causes.

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It's normally my face & hands that swell, sometimes feet. I never take any pills, sometimes ibuprofen. I do take a multi vitamin. And lately I have been on vicodin for the pain, but not yesterday when this happened. They have been doing CBC & urines on me, the last one I guess came back normal although they had sent my urine out because they said I had WBCs & protein in my urine at the doc office. I never thought much about the sweating, just always thought that was me...

The wrinkly finger thing was just weird. I have been having it a lot lately when I take a shower (even a 5-minute shower) & then when it happend without being in the water, it was just weird, that's all. I am sure it's nothing. Just with all the other stuff that hurts & is strange, it just made me curious if it was a symptom of something (just trying to figure out what my problem is....)

 
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What happpens when your fingers get near cold items or are exposed to cold weather? You may have Reynaud's disease which is not much to worry about - I have had it for years with no problems. Just have to be careful to keep hands warm and to let your docs (and dentists) know anytime you get treated.

 
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....aren't we all? Same here. Eight months after a diagnoses of a kidney disease the doctors still don't have a clue which one I have. I doubt even a biopsy will help identify it. I wish you better luck with that.

You know, you mentioned sweating. It sounded an alarm bell. To sweat during an activitiy that requires exertion is normal. Also, we sweat in hot weather when not doing anything much. That, too, is normal. Excessive sweating (besides the diuretics) depletes our electrolyte level and is the reason we must stay well hydrated during a heat wave.
If you sweat for no apparent reason (that is not because you happen to be working out) when you shouldn't, it could mean something is wrong. This could well be related to your as yet unidentified health problems. You must mention it to your doctor. Sometimes, sweating is our body's way to try and cope with something gone wrong.
Good luck! I hope your doctors succeed in identifying your ailment.

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Does the multivitamin contain iron and lots of it. You may be on iron overload.

 
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Re: Wrinkley Fingers???!???!!???

My fingers get pruney too. Usually by afternoon when the edema has moved from a general all over thing to the waist down. If the fingers decide to stay plump, no prunes. At the point I can remove my rings is when it starts happening.

A shower or a bath is actually dehydrating. One of the reasons you prune up. Physical contact with water causes the body to stop producing antidiuretic hormone and causes the kidneys to expel more water. Makes you need to pee when the antidiuretic hormone level drops. That's the scientific explanation for the reason running water usually causes a reaction. Just an interesting tidbit.

I'd say the pruning you see is most likely one of those unwritten symptoms of edema. Edema actually dehydrates you. Mention it to your doctor. It will add one more piece to the puzzle especially if you never mentioned the swelling to begin with.

 
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Physical contact with water causes the body to stop producing antidiuretic hormone and causes the kidneys to expel more water. Makes you need to pee when the antidiuretic hormone level drops. That's the scientific explanation for the reason running water usually causes a reaction. Just an interesting tidbit.
A very interesting tidbit indeed! I did not know that and always assumed I was the only one thus affected. I see running water, I need to pee. I am surprised to hear it's normal and that there's a perfectly logical explanation for that!

Thanks for that, Helen!

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Re: Wrinkley Fingers???!???!!???

I just thought some people swell & some people don't. Just like the sweating... But I will mention it to her at my next appointment.
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You know what flowergirl? Almost everyone thinks they're the only ones thus affected.

 
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Some people do swell a little bit and some people sweat and it means nothing. In others, it's a sign that something aint' right.

 
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