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Swollen hands

My hands swell during my cardio workout until about 30 minutes in they are almost painful. It helps to pump my hands open and close. Does anyone else have this problem? Is there somethng I can do to prevent it? For cardio I usually walk about 3.8-4mph on a treadmill.

Thu. Aug 9, 2:28pm

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This happens to me too. Anyone know?

Thursday, August 09, 2007, 2:47 PM

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Have you asked a doctor about this?

Thursday, August 09, 2007, 2:58 PM

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Thursday, August 09, 2007, 3:05 PM

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my hands start to feel swollen and dry during cardio as well, could it be a circulation issue?

Thursday, August 09, 2007, 3:07 PM

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oh THANKS 3:05 for posting that you don't know. one down, couple hundred to go.

i used to get very swollen hands on my walks... assumed it was due to the blood flowing in that direction. now when i walk i pump my arms and it doesn't happen any more. but if you're on a treadmill, do you hold your hands on the bar? do you grip it tightly?

Thursday, August 09, 2007, 3:08 PM

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cool, informative link about swelling hands during exercise. mentions "edema", swelling from excess sweating and an inbalance of electrolytes combined.


Thursday, August 09, 2007, 3:11 PM

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wasn't the 305 poster answering a question about if a doctor was seen?

Thursday, August 09, 2007, 3:12 PM

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similar article, w/ a few different points...


Thursday, August 09, 2007, 3:14 PM

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OP here. Thanks for the links which led to the one below about fluid guidelines when exercising. I swing my arms and I don't hold onto the rails. I usually drink a glass of water before I get on the treadmill and sip water throughout the workout, but I'm thoroughly soaked with sweat by the time I'm done and can easily lose a pound and a half of water. (I've weighed myself before and after.) I've always had some swelling, but it seems worse lately. It just dawned on my that I'm taking some new blood pressure medication. Maybe I do need to talk to my doctor.

Thursday, August 09, 2007, 6:00 PM

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Oh, yeah, the link.


Thursday, August 09, 2007, 6:01 PM

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I'm a hiker and my hands sometimes swell if I am on a long hike. I think it is gravity that is partly to blame. I notice that if I am hiking with poles that my hands don't swell but they are working and I hold them higher. I think it is a fairly normal phenomenon. It's a nuisance but it goes away pretty fast.

Thursday, August 09, 2007, 7:18 PM

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It's the lymph (interstitial fluid) building up on our outer extremities (hands). Lymph is moved along by muscle contractions so if you just bend your elbows to bring your hands up a little and squeeze your hands a few time, the muscular contractions will help move that lymph along.

Thursday, August 09, 2007, 7:36 PM

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I get this, too, but it is usually after I handle something that apparently leaves something unseen on my hands (no OCD here). If I wash them, the swelling subsides. I'm convinced in my case it's a reaction to antigens soaking through the skin.
Try wearing light gloves next time you exercise and are holding/touching equipment. See if it works.

Friday, August 10, 2007, 5:02 AM

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Mine did it too for a while. I realized they only did it when I kept my hands swimging at my sides. When I kept them up on the rails they were fine. It had something to do with circulation or something. Not sure what it was, but just keeping my hands higher up worked for me!

Friday, August 10, 2007, 12:12 PM

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My hands swell when I walk with then hanging by my side, especially in the humid weather for some reason. IT doesn't happen all the time and I walk every morning. So I just assume it's because of the humidity, heat and/or something I ate the day before that causes me to retain water. I am a sweater by nature.

Thanks for the links.

Friday, August 10, 2007, 3:02 PM

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