N.B. asks from Los Angeles, CA on November 10, 2009
Swelling Hands and Feet
This question is about me. During my pregnancy I had problems with my feet. They would burn and I would have dull pain around my ankles. It was so unconfortable. I would be waking up 5-6 times a night putting cold cloths on my feet or even showering them with cold water.
Almost 14 months after giving birth by C-section to my daughter, every morning I would feel pain in my feet and especially joints.
That would be every morning since her birth. When I get up from the bed first 5-10 min on my feet is very painfull until they worm up (I guess thats the reason it stops hurting) Also, sometimes if Im sitting or laying for some time and when I get up on my feet I would have the same problem.
Recently, My hands, fingers and feet and toes would swell up. ( I do not eat salty foods) and I drink a lot of milk.
I mentioned it to the doctor and he said that I have to get up slowly but never told me what is the problem and how to fix it.
After the C- section I did have low iron and I never finished the pills so I wondering if that could be the cause.
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S.J. answers from Los Angeles on November 11, 2009
For the low iron I would try eating cream of wheat. It has a lot of iron and that tip was given to me fromt he Red Cross when I was donating blood. Good Luck
J.S. answers from Los Angeles on November 10, 2009
Sounds like edema. Instead of drinking milk why not switch to water. You need to drink at least 1/2 your body weight in ounces per day.
Also, avoid taking NSAIDS and eating plants from the nightshade family as they tend to make joint pain worse.
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K.K. answers from Las Vegas on November 11, 2009
Joint pain can be a problem when your thyroid is off. Have your blood tested and see an endorinologist. Post baby can be a crazy time for your endocrine system.. good luck
M.O. answers from Los Angeles on November 11, 2009
You could have several things, but a couple came to mind: you should be tested for diabetes and you could also have plantar fachiitis (google it). You could see a podiatrist if the symptoms match what you have; it sounds like this is what you have wrong with your feet. Women get it a lot, and it is really common.
V.M. answers from Los Angeles on November 11, 2009
go back to your doc(or call, if he has call-in hours) and shake your diagnosis out of him. then you at least have the starting point.
D.A. answers from Los Angeles on November 11, 2009
I had horrible swelling with my first pregnancy. My feet became non functional. And I never did get the feeling back in my big toes til now... I am 8 months pregnant with my second and I decided early on to get my feet massaged once a week and it's been brilliant. No swelling. I've cramped up maybe three times in the whole pregnancy. I now have sensation in my big toes again!!! I highly recommend it. I have a foot massage place in my neighborhood. Exotic Massage, san Gabriel . $15 for an hour.
C.A. answers from Los Angeles on November 11, 2009
You need a complete physical from ANOTHER doctor. Most doctors don't listen to women and you have to assertive. Make a list of your problems and log them as to date and time and what you are experiencing. This way the NEW doctor will see that you are serious and not just a complainer. I don't know what is wrong, but it is not normal and needs to be diagnosed. It might be nothing or it could be a forerunner of a more serious illness. Do not delay. You have to take control of you own health and be assertive with doctor's if they just brush you off. You need to find a doctor that takes time with you and listens to what you are saying. Your first one gets an F.
B.D. answers from Los Angeles on November 11, 2009
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Best of luck.
S.M. answers from San Diego on November 11, 2009
You should ask your doctor for a referral to a rheumatologist. The swollen hands and feet and the low iron can be symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. If your primary physician doesn't find anything else wrong, ask him about this. If he does blood tests and says he didn't find a rheumatoid factor in your blood, tell him you would still like the referral because you can still have it without the blood test being positive. There are over 200 types of arthritis.