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Old 05-25-2004, 01:19 PM   #1
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Swelling hands

Do your hands swell up when you exercise? I went on a short hike yesterday and my hands swelled way up. I remember this happened last summer as well, but I just ignored it.
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Old 05-25-2004, 10:42 PM   #2
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Re: Swelling hands

I'm not sure if I have Fibromyalgia or what is wrong with me so I hope this is helpful. My hands have swelled during exercise and intense activity every now and then my whole life, especially if I am within a week or so of my period. What has helped me to keep this from happening is to bend my elbows at a 90 degree angle and make very loose fists and pump my arms instead of swinging them with my arms extended. My swelling usually goes away in an hour or so during the times it does happen. I hope this helps you.

Old 05-26-2004, 06:29 AM   #3
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Re: Swelling hands

Hi There, Sorry for your pain. Swelling can be very uncomfortable. Basically any exertion can produce the swelling. The ealier you spot it and treat it the better. I have had swelling in various parts of my body all over. The previous post should help during exercise. After exercise I would elevate your legs if you get it in your feet and legs too. My hands swell from doing just about anything so I have a paraffin bath which helps reduce the swelling in my hands and feet. I keep it plugged in and ready all the time. Ice helps with the rest of the body or a chilled bath. I get swelling in what I call my hump (thoracic spine/neck/shoulders) and have to ice it several times a week.

The good news is that it's probably not anything serious, just another annoying symptom. They ultrasounded and x-rayed my hump last year but found nothing. So my doctor chalks it up to the subjective swelling of fibro.

Good luck with your hands.

Old 05-26-2004, 07:09 AM   #4
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Re: Swelling hands

I feel like my hands and ankles become swollen and sometimes almost lock up, but in outward appearance it does not appear swollen to others. However, I attribute this to arthritis which has been progressing along with every other symptom I have. Muscles throughout back also appear to be swollen when muscles contract. It is a never ending problem. I switch from heat to ice for temporary relief as one never knows what will work. It seems when temperatures go above 60 degrees my veins become so enlarged in hands and feet that I am in uncontrollable pain so I have to keep apartment very cold in order to function. I wish there was an easy answer. (TT)

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