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Low bloodpressure,cold feet and hands,calf swelling help

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  • Posted By: ladee111
  • February 22, 2007
  • 08:39 AM

help me out on this one too. my mom thinks i should go see a doctor and get myself checked..
i've been workingout regularly for almost two years now in attempt to lose weight. in the beginning, my exercise routine was intense with a very strict diet for months..then i slowly cut back on exercising and started eating more. I constantly get my heart rate measured.. sitting down. normally it'd run around 55s-62s.. when im relaxed and at night it goes down to 40s.. im really fit and im just wondering whether i should worry or it just means my blood pressure is at an athelete's average rate.
But on top of that, my fingers and toes have been icy cold all year..Even when i wear two layers of thick socks to sleep, i can feel the coldness through it. Sometimes they are so freezing that they start to sore and turn really white/bluish. and have been told(by my detox bodywrap esthetician actually lol) that my blood doesnt circulate well knee down which i think it might be the cause of its swelling. It doesnt swell as much as it did before..but still does lately. I had traditional chinese duck herb stew once, it made my hands and feet warm and my calves shrunk an inch. after a day or two when the effect of herbs had gone away, again the coldness of feet and hand ..my calves swell an inch in width. Today, my left calf was tingly and was soring..my ligament in my ankle was soring as well.

all i want is a way to get rid of the coldtoes and fingers.And it's not because of the cold weather! i used to have alot of bodyheat before,i couldnt sleep without having to dip my feet in a pool of icy water.Now it's the opposite ugh

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  • I have the same problem, exept for the calves thing. I was always quickly cold, but after I started working out and became more slender it got worse. I am convinced it has something to do with having less body fat or more muscles or whatever. And the bloodflow and my fingers and toes are just not that great. Whatever..I just keep warm with clothes and stuff, no poitn in making it a problem. Weird thing about your symptoms are the tingly and swelling calve. Are you sure it isn't something else? Like thrombosis or something?
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 22, 2007
    • 01:12 PM
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  • I have the same problem, exept for the calves thing. I was always quickly cold, but after I started working out and became more slender it got worse. I am convinced it has something to do with having less body fat or more muscles or whatever. And the bloodflow and my fingers and toes are just not that great. Whatever..I just keep warm with clothes and stuff, no poitn in making it a problem. Weird thing about your symptoms are the tingly and swelling calve. Are you sure it isn't something else? Like thrombosis or something?yeah what is that. thrombosis or something i've heard about it. Anyway, yeah same goes for me too. After i lost weight i feel more cold than before. I have extreme body shivering as well even with layers of clothing. There's this way to alter your blood flow according to Old Korean Medicine.You fill up your bath with warm water, always a degree or two more than your body temperature, no less,no more. around 38c. You sit inside the tub and make sure the water reaches below your bellybutton. Do not put your hands in the water, only your lower body is below the water. You stay in for 15-20minutes, then take light shower. You are supposed to sweat during that time apparently but it wont happen until u've done it many times. Dont go over that duration, some ppl stay in the bathtub for 30min which can lead u to faint/shortness of breath. It helps ur blood to circulate better which leads to weightloss and maintained bodyheat. i'll try that but im wondering whether i should go see my doctor about this..
    ladee111 7 Replies
    • February 23, 2007
    • 04:04 AM
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  • help me out on this one too. my mom thinks i should go see a doctor and get myself checked..i've been workingout regularly for almost two years now in attempt to lose weight. in the beginning, my exercise routine was intense with a very strict diet for months..then i slowly cut back on exercising and started eating more. I constantly get my heart rate measured.. sitting down. normally it'd run around 55s-62s.. when im relaxed and at night it goes down to 40s.. im really fit and im just wondering whether i should worry or it just means my blood pressure is at an athelete's average rate.But on top of that, my fingers and toes have been icy cold all year..Even when i wear two layers of thick socks to sleep, i can feel the coldness through it. Sometimes they are so freezing that they start to sore and turn really white/bluish. and have been told(by my detox bodywrap esthetician actually lol) that my blood doesnt circulate well knee down which i think it might be the cause of its swelling. It doesnt swell as much as it did before..but still does lately. I had traditional chinese duck herb stew once, it made my hands and feet warm and my calves shrunk an inch. after a day or two when the effect of herbs had gone away, again the coldness of feet and hand ..my calves swell an inch in width. Today, my left calf was tingly and was soring..my ligament in my ankle was soring as well. all i want is a way to get rid of the coldtoes and fingers.And it's not because of the cold weather! i used to have alot of bodyheat before,i couldnt sleep without having to dip my feet in a pool of icy water.Now it's the opposite ughgo to your doctor and have him check your arteries and see if they are not getting hard, it could be a circulation problem, but you need to be checked as quickly as you can, health is not something to wait and see!!!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 24, 2007
    • 00:14 AM
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  • I have been experiencing similar symptoms, that is a slow heart rate (not to be confused with low blood pressure), swelling (face and calf) and the finger/toes you are describing.Over the past decade my resting heart rate has dropped from the high 80s to the range you describe. A heart monitor also indicates about 20% of my heart beats to be PVCs. I have a great doctor who is working hard to find the root cause of this issue, but it remains an open issue.Based upon some nutritional reading I've done, I recently decided to try taking fish oil tablets, 3 times daily, to see if that would help the situation. To my surprise the supplements quickly eliminated my facial and calf edema and I'm also feeling much better. The finger/toes issue you're describing is most likely Raynaud's Phenomenon and I'm told is fairly common in folks with slow heartbeats. Early stages of the condition you fingers may turn slight white and then turn red/blue as they warm up. I've found the fish oil supplements to improve this as well.I'm very curious to see what other replies come up on this thread.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 25, 2007
    • 02:47 PM
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  • You guys all sound like you have Raynaud's Syndrome. Sometimes this disorder can come with autoimmune problems that should be checked by a good doctor. Extra socks and mitts is a good idea. As far as I know, there's nothing that can be done to alleviate the symptoms, yet. Good luck C
    Catherine2007 8 Replies
    • February 25, 2007
    • 04:20 PM
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  • I have been feeling alot of the same symptoms except for the calf swelling thing...I've been going to heart doctors for the last year and half for heart rthymn problems. They put me on blood pressure medication for my heart rthymn and all of a sudden couple months later i started to get real low blood pressure and getting all of these symptoms. They took me off the medicine but still have all the same symptoms...i think you should definetly get checked! Theres a reason why you have such low blood pressure and numbness, its not normal! It could be something real simple!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 25, 2007
    • 09:07 PM
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  • The finger/toes issue you're describing is most likely Raynaud's Phenomenon and I'm told is fairly common in folks with slow heartbeats. Early stages of the condition you fingers may turn slight white and then turn red/blue as they warm up. I've found the fish oil supplements to improve this as well.I'm very curious to see what other replies come up on this thread.Hi, thank you for your reply. YES! me too, i mean.. i had started taking a teaspoon of fish oil ( in liquid form beacuse i can't swallow pills) . My face swelling had gone down..but i stopped lol im gonna start up on taking multivitamins and fish oil again. The thing is..i workout regularly..Also i went to see a nutritionist, he said since i dont eat enough protein/calcium my body's gone plateau and my joints/bones have been hurting due to exercises. he also said it's common for ppl to have cold feet and hands and should try Horsetail(?) herb? i Actually read and heard about this before and was going to try. Ever since i started doing the Eliptical my feet and hands have been less cold.. but Very recentlythe tendon?? right below my calves near my ankle have been hurting which lead my calves to sore and today it seems like my calves are swollen. I will take my vitamins+calcium supplements as well as start taking fishoil to see if there are any changes like you have mentioned. ALso..this is really odd but my right foot, when im sitting down for a long time( i work at an office and am sitting down for hours) and get up to walk around my right heel hurts. It has stabbing pain and can't walk properly..anyone know what's up? im thinking too much strain on my legs from lower body workoutsOH and guys,with Raynaud's Syndrome like the above have told me.. You should try this at home as well. You put both of your feet in a tub of warm(slightly hot) water for 10minutes then put your feet in icy cold water for 2minutes, then alternate and try again. It's supposed to help your blood to circulate better. Also the bath thing i mentioned above ppl have told me that by taking that "bath" you can alter the way your body functions so that your blood circulates better and faster than it is now 24/7 to keep you warm
    ladee111 7 Replies
    • February 28, 2007
    • 05:14 AM
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  • Also i went to see a nutritionist, he said since i dont eat enough protein/calcium my body's gone plateau and my joints/bones have been hurting due to exercises. he also said it's common for ppl to have cold feet and hands and should try Horsetail(?) herb? i Actually read and heard about this before and was going to try. Ever since i started doing the I recommend you speak with your doctor about your slow heart rate and other symptoms you are having to ensure you don't have an underlying condition such as hypothyroidism.When you spoke with the nutritionist, what did he tell you about the effects of low protein? I eat a decent amount of protein yet my numbers come up low on blood tests. Did he say it can impact the heart rate? Just curious.
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  • I recommend you speak with your doctor about your slow heart rate and other symptoms you are having to ensure you don't have an underlying condition such as hypothyroidism.When you spoke with the nutritionist, what did he tell you about the effects of low protein? I eat a decent amount of protein yet my numbers come up low on blood tests. Did he say it can impact the heart rate? Just curious.Hi, thanx for your input. I've read up on the symptoms of hypothyroidism and they fit! I think i know why. I havent had these symptoms before i went on a diet+exercise regime. I didnt have enough protein intake,i'd eat tuna and drink soy milk..but that was it. I just ate alot of veggies and fruits. I also started an intense workout routine which my body got used to after 6months. then i stopped losing weight despite the diet and exercises.I was really tired,physically and sleepy all the time...had trouble remembering things,my hands and feet became cold and was told the blood in my legs werent circulating well. So generally,all the weight trainings i have done to build more lean muscle mass to boost metabolism and burn fat at a resting rate had no effect on my body. Fat was being stored because i wasnt consuming enough calories+burning calories at the gym. Well im a gymrat so it might be different for you but the nutritionist said that if you are working out(weight training 3times a week,moderate cardio upto 5times a week) u have to consume 60g-80g of protein a day.Then add more as you go. For others, You have to consume 0.8g per kg body weight per day on average. Low protein reduces amino acids in your body to maintain an anabolic state.In order to have a high metabolism you need more lean muscle mass.Having more muscle mass means your blood is circulating well which aids in losing weight. Low protein causes your body to reduce muscle tissues. im unsure about impacting the heart rate..Bradyarrhythmia is what u call a "Slow heart rate" unless u are atheletic,you shouldnt have a low heart rate.. I suggest,if you do have a slow heart rate as well, do light cardio everyday and drink protein drinks (there's one called Muscle Milk-choco flavour is the best lol) after the workout. Also take Omega 3 capsules (fish oil like the person before us has said) Give it a month and see.
    ladee111 7 Replies Flag this Response
  • I was really tired,physically and sleepy all the time...had trouble remembering things,my hands and feet became cold and was told the blood in my legs werent circulating well. Low protein reduces amino acids in your body to maintain an anabolic state.In order to have a high metabolism you need more lean muscle mass.Having more muscle mass means your blood is circulating well which aids in losing weight. Low protein causes your body to reduce muscle tissues. im unsure about impacting the heart rate..Thanks for your replies to my fish oil and hypthyroidsm/protein postings above. Its driving me crazy how similar our symptoms are ... the more tell about yours, I keep saying yup that's me ... except for being athletic. You've peaked my curiousity on the nutrionist and protein. Since incorporating his suggestions, do you have any noticable improvements like we did with the edema and fish oil? I was amazed how quickly I noticed changes there. Also when you went to see your nutritionist, what information did you need to provide him on your initial visit?
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  • Thanks for your replies to my fish oil and hypthyroidsm/protein postings above. Its driving me crazy how similar our symptoms are ... the more tell about yours, I keep saying yup that's me ... except for being athletic. You've peaked my curiousity on the nutrionist and protein. Since incorporating his suggestions, do you have any noticable improvements like we did with the edema and fish oil? I was amazed how quickly I noticed changes there. Also when you went to see your nutritionist, what information did you need to provide him on your initial visit?Hi,nono i JUST started taking supplements. I actually went out to find some multivitamins..for i havent been taking any for months. The guy at GNC is a nutritionist so i told him about all of my symptoms.The amount of workouts i had been doing, what i had been eating. I really hate going to the doctor's lol so i read alot of articles and info on things like that. Im going to try everything i found out for a month. At the end of March if i see little or less effect im gonna go get an examination. what's edema? :S well months ago, i had taken fish oil for 3days..lol i saw how my face wasnt bloated,how my skin wasnt dry and my hands were warm. I just couldnt keep myself up with taking them so i had stopped then.
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  • I went back to GNC today to get some protein powder and one of the employees is a Naturopathic Physician. Also the nutritionist i met there recommended to take Horse CHESTNUT herb,not Horsetail lol i Bought a bottle of WEIL,it's leg circulation formula which consists of Horsechestnuts, she said ppl have told her it works the best. good luck
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  • What is edema?...The nutritionist i met there recommended to take Horse CHESTNUT herb,not Horsetail lol i Bought a bottle of WEIL,it's leg circulation formula which consists of Horsechestnuts, she said ppl have told her it works the best. Edema is water related swelling....Doing a quick google search on horse chestnut herb, it looks like its an alternative to fish oil and its unclear to me if its safe to take both at the same time.
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  • Edema is water related swelling....Doing a quick google search on horse chestnut herb, it looks like its an alternative to fish oil and its unclear to me if its safe to take both at the same time.ohh okay.hmm yeah. Im just worried about taking so many supplements at once but they are just herbs/oil,right? Anyway I sent a question based on this to Weil Forum.Hope they reply back soon.
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  • Hi, I would like to write about poor blood circulation that is caused by external factors. My blood circulation of my feet and hands is ok, but it gets very poor when in vicinity of EMF and electrical fields. For instance, when I sleep in areas when a telephone mast is running its bean through my bed and room, I am the next morning left with very thin vains on my legs and feet. Furhermore, my brain is really low power because all my body endings are without any blood supply. I really do not know where the blood accumulates. Does anybody has a clue where the bood goes? I would like to help it to pump it back somehow. This poor circulated body than is with me all day, and it improves again when late evening, ready to go home to get some sleep.
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  • I have these symptoms also. I have Lyme, that is causing this malfunction of my body. They put me on Desmopressin for the low blood pressure and the cold hands. It does something with your hormones to help your body handle fluids better. Its not going to fix what is wrong, but it might help.Also the cold hands turning purple or white is called Raynaud's syndrome."Raynaud's disease is a rare disorder of the blood vessels, usually in the fingers and toes. People with this disorder have attacks that cause the blood vessels to narrow. When this happens, blood can't get to the surface of the skin and the affected areas turn white and blue. When the blood flow returns, the skin turns red and throbs or tingles. In severe cases, loss of blood flow can cause sores or tissue death. Cold weather and stress can trigger attacks. Often the cause of Raynaud's is not known."Its actually not that rare...I hope this helps!
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  • help me out on this one too. my mom thinks i should go see a doctor and get myself checked..i've been workingout regularly for almost two years now in attempt to lose weight. in the beginning, my exercise routine was intense with a very strict diet for months..then i slowly cut back on exercising and started eating more. I constantly get my heart rate measured.. sitting down. normally it'd run around 55s-62s.. when im relaxed and at night it goes down to 40s.. im really fit and im just wondering whether i should worry or it just means my blood pressure is at an athelete's average rate.But on top of that, my fingers and toes have been icy cold all year..Even when i wear two layers of thick socks to sleep, i can feel the coldness through it. Sometimes they are so freezing that they start to sore and turn really white/bluish. and have been told(by my detox bodywrap esthetician actually lol) that my blood doesnt circulate well knee down which i think it might be the cause of its swelling. It doesnt swell as much as it did before..but still does lately. I had traditional chinese duck herb stew once, it made my hands and feet warm and my calves shrunk an inch. after a day or two when the effect of herbs had gone away, again the coldness of feet and hand ..my calves swell an inch in width. Today, my left calf was tingly and was soring..my ligament in my ankle was soring as well. all i want is a way to get rid of the coldtoes and fingers.And it's not because of the cold weather! i used to have alot of bodyheat before,i couldnt sleep without having to dip my feet in a pool of icy water.Now it's the opposite ughYou didn't mention whether you were able to lose the weight? I would not hesitate to say hypothyroidism. I highly recommend some serious research before even going to the doctor for testing. 2 things to remember:There are a full spectrum of tests for the thyroid(all bloodwork, no biggie) and for some reason lots of doctors will only check one.Get a copy of your results as well as the normal range for each one. because:#2 The range can be too big in some countries and some specialists are fighting to have the "normal" range made smaller. Again research it first! So if you are on the "low side" but still within "normal" that can still be the problem. Don't hesitate to ask for a specialist if this is the case and your GP won't help you. It only gets worse and affects every part of how your body works. The quicker it is moved on the better. Good luck to you.
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