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Anyone know about RED HANDS

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  • Posted By: Sick&Tired
  • February 13, 2007
  • 09:28 PM

As my screen name indicates, I am Sick & Tired of not knowing what is happening with my body. Doctors give me that puzzled look, and then give me a "diagnosis" that might include some of my symptoms.
I'm hoping someone out there has heard of this... and might have some suggestions.
I will just list the symptoms:

1. My hands are almost always cold

2. When they do get warm/hot (ie; in the shower), the swell up very quickly and turn deep red, almost purple, and then tingle like they're asleep and throb liking I'm holding my heart in my hands.

Some other symptoms that I have which I'm not sure if they are related:

1. I get full very fast, and feel like something is in the pit of my stomach all the time (right where the two sides of my rib cage come together and start to curve up... at the bottom of my rib cage).

2. I had three "episodes" this past summer and fall... I would get very dizzy, my heart would race very fast, I had an intense stomach ache.

I have had two heart scans, EKG, two stress test, and I wore a holter monitor for a month... everything is "fine". I think it might have been related to a food allergy, but I'm starting to wonder if it's not connected in some way to what is happening with my hands.

Also, I'm a breast cancer survivor. 3 1/2 years, diagnosed with stage IIA invasive ductal carcinoma, node negative. I had four rounds of adriamycin and cytoxin, and then 6 1/2 weeks of radiation.

Are any of these symptoms related to the cancer dx, or my treatments? Actually, the red, swollen hand thing started just before my cancer dx... so before any of my treatments.

Can anyone out there shed any light on any of these symptoms??
Thank you!!
Sick & Tired... of being sick and tired...

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  • Hey, I hope this may help, one of two things Raynauds Phenomun, I know I mispelled the phenom. but this usually happens in a way where half of the finger tips are red and then half blue. Another reason is called purpura, it is usually caused from an autoimmune disorder. For instance I have it and I also have Celiac Disease which is allergic to wheat even though I have eliminated the wheat they are still red and other celiacs also have the red hands. I hope this helps you. I am not a doctor just an LPN but I have investigated this myself and this is what I came up with. Look up all and define for yourself... toodles Jojo
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 14, 2007
    • 06:55 PM
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  • Raynaud’s Phenomenon is something that I've lived wth for years. I will get it while carrying a diet coke from the fridge to the table. It is really bad when I am outside,as it often makes my fingers, hands and legs get all red and puffy. I had many tests done and there was no other diagnisis given but Raynaunds. Be careful, Raynaunds sometimes is a symptom of something more serious like Lupus. Get yourself a blood test to rule out anything "bad." It will get better as you get older. I'm 38 now and it is not as bad as it was whan I was 22. Take care.-Rhonda
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 14, 2007
    • 09:53 PM
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  • Hey Sick&Tired,I read your other posts about the wonderful changes in your daughter's health after finally pinpointing some food problems! This information could be useful for you own health puzzles as well.Gluten intolerence (Celiac Disease) and other food intolerences have been linked to a certain set of immune-system genetics. This genetic structure is also linked to Raynauld's, Sjorgen's, carcinoma, and some other auto-immune disorders that show some of your symptoms. If you want to know the link that fits all the circumstances, its food! The tricky part is figuring out which one(s).Are your daughter's milk problems related to the protein (caesin) and not the sugar (lactose)? They usually look for a lactose problem because it is more common, so I assume its the protein she has a problem with since it took several attempts to locate. Either way, milk intolerence can actually be a secondary effect caused by a soy or gluten intolerence. About half of all celiac patients are milk intolerent at the time of diagnosis, and the majority of them can tolerate milk fully after one year of strict diet!The thing is, food problems come in groups. Since I realized I am wheat intolerent, I have found other substances that cause allergic reactions and am more aware in general that many foods types cause me to feel bad (now that the overwhelming cloud has been lifted over my mind and the stabbing, constant stomach aches have subsided). I think you AND your daughter could have more benefit by researching more food types such as soy, tomato, wheat, corn, and possibly others too. Keep records of which meals contain these items and see if there is ANY association to mood, energy, and other symptoms that seem chronic and unending - aka "everyday life" for someone living in food induced pain :)The discovery in your daughter will not only improve her life greatly, it can be a useful tool in improving the health conditions of your entire family. Now you KNOW the food sensitive genetics are there, and the range of issues that can potentially be treated by that is staggering.
    Azaral 152 Replies
    • February 15, 2007
    • 06:17 AM
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  • You might actually try reading the book by Dr. Robert O. Young -- "Sick and Tired". It mainly deals with blood pH and how that could effect someone's overall health especially pretaining to Cancer and fungus infections.Just a hint... good luck.CM
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 11, 2007
    • 06:49 AM
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