Hi, I'm 30 yo. I was on a long flight (after about 8 hours) and I began to get really numb swollen feet (I know some swelling is normal). They were really cold when I touched them with my hands. Ice cold feet with numbness. I also started sweating profusely and had to change my shirt twice as it was so sweaty and smelly. I then started shivering and had muscle twitching. The flight attendants gave me another blanket. They said it felt like I had a fever even though I felt cold and was shivering. I wrapped the blankets around my feet and after an hour or so it got better.
I know selling feet is common but the other symptoms seem really weird. I'm open to the idea it could have been a mental response but I didn't feel panicked or anything, it was just the symptoms. I do occasionally get these symptoms when i get cold.
I have not been sick or to a doctor for 2 or 3 years. I don't take medication of any sort, not even the pill and feel I am in perfect health and don't usually get sick.
Does anyone know why I got the sweating and shivering with muscle twitching. I did have 4 coffees that day before the flight!!! I have been on a couple of other flights this length and this did not happen. I drank plenty of fluid. Could it be possible my heart was having trouble with the fluid changes and pressures. that is what it felt like. It really felt like after a while my body was not coping with the fluid change and my heart or body wasn't coping.
About 7 years ago I took a Valium overdose and was on life support for a few hours. I know that sounds strange but could that have had an effect on my heart and it's ability to cope. I have heard that drug use (I'm not a drug user I just did that dumb thing of taking an overdose all those years ago and haven't thought about it since) can cause problems later on and I heard of a lady who use to have Valium overdoses and then had heart trouble later on. as you can see my mind is running overtime with this issue.