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Numb hands swollen fingers and feet


Posted by Felicity

My hands started going numb, even in the day, doing the simplest task like washing dishes. Now my ankles and fingers are also swelling during the day. So bad that I sometimes cannot get my rings off and my ankles have not swollen like this since I was pregnant the first time and that was over 7 years ago. What could be the cause?
 
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I assume you're not pregnant again?  Are you absolutely sure you can't be pregnant?  You might want to check a pregnancy test to be absolutely sure.  If just your hands were going numb, I'd place bets on carpal tunnel syndrome or some type of overuse/repetitive use injury. 

 

But if your hands & feet are swollen, too, then obviously you're retaining fluid.  The big question is why?  If your liver isn't working right, you might not have enough albumin (protein) in your blood to keep the water inside your blood vessels (this is an osmotic effect).  If your kidneys aren't working right, you might not be balancing your salts & minerals correctly.  Either way, you need to get checked out by your family physician who'll need to run some (blood) tests.

 

Sorry to be so doomsday about this but we have to start thinking of dangerous & deadly things first before looking at benign conditions.  Therefore, could this be due to eating too many salty foods at one time?  Sure, it might be.  But then it's not likely that you'd be writing questions on this forum.  Most folks who are sensitive to salt intake know it and can monitor/adjust their consumption habits.  But just to be safe, go see your family physician!

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