Swollen Hands and Swollen Feet

Debe Pendice
By Debe Pendice Latest Reply 2013-12-20 14:16:46 -0600
Started 2008-11-23 14:11:12 -0600

How do you manage when your hands or feet are swollen?

11 replies

2catty 2008-11-23 15:54:47 -0600 Report

I to suffer with the feet legs and hands swelling. For a long time I was put on water pills with no help. My doctor which is a really good one, diagnosed me to have something called lymphadema. Which is weird because most of the time people that gets this has had a lot of stomach surgery and I have not. Compression stockings seems to work well for this. Just not for the hands. There is also lymph pumps.

jaclyncrystal 2008-11-23 18:07:41 -0600 Report

only my feet used to swell and I wear the compression stocking most of the time really helps a lot, keep legs elevated that works great. good luck

GabbyPA 2008-11-23 15:27:58 -0600 Report

I don't suffer with swollen hands, so for that I cannot help. For swollen feet in addition to the other suggestions given here, something that helps me is wearing loose clothing. If I am wearing pants that bind or gather at my waiste, hips or knees, I find I have more swelling. I also try to keep my feet stretched out when I am sitting, that helps too.

Bluebutterfly 2008-11-23 14:55:12 -0600 Report

When my feet are swollen I prop them up and use compression stockings. Have you or do you take a water pill? I will double up on them for about two days. That stops my swelling.I'm not telling you to do this ,it works for me and might not for you. I do hope the swelling goes down for you.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-11-23 15:20:31 -0600 Report

No, I can't take the water pills because it messes up my creatine with my kidney transplant. It kind of dehydrates me. I have a low blood pressure to start with, and it drops it real fast.Thanks…Debe

caspersmama 2008-11-23 14:18:54 -0600 Report

I find if I go ahead and get up and move about and get in my exercise it helps. I also have back problems along with the neuropathy so any movement I can do will help.

Debe Pendice
Debe Pendice 2008-11-23 14:24:22 -0600 Report

That is my #1 problem. My activity level is low because I'm learning to walk with the help of my cane and assistance. I need to get around faster and by myself. You are right everyone needs a little physical activity in their lives. I sit 24/7. My MD suggest I put my foot up. Thanks…Debe

2008-11-25 08:07:57 -0600 Report

Debe, Try putting your feet in a cold water basin, if you can't do it cold, do it gradually, that is the fastest way I have found to get swelling down and relieve some of that pain that makes you feel like, if you don't get it down, they are going to Pop. Know what I mean?
Been dealing with this problems for years, because of a medication I was taking; It was a side affect of that, now due to other problems, anyway, you should be able to do this from a wheel chair if you need to. I do. Good friend , Claudia

2catty 2008-11-25 10:52:53 -0600 Report

This is really good advice. The cold water should constrict the blood vessels and make the swelling go down. I need to do this myself sometimes. I just forget now and then.

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