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Poor circulation?

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  • Posted By: tirralirra
  • July 3, 2008
  • 05:36 AM

I'm a 22 year old female, and for years now, I have had problems with my hands. They are almost always cold, no matter the temperature. I'm very sensitive to cold anyway, but my hands are especially bad. They feel like blocks of ice even at room temperature! Frequently, (often when I exercise, but sometimes at rest) my hands become very hot, swell, and turn red. I notice it mostly in my fingers. They become very obviously swollen. I can't get rings off, they hurt, and they're usually a bright red colour. I struggled with anorexia as a teenager and my cold hands were often attributed to that. However, I have maintained a healthy weight for over 3 years now, and this has continued anyway. My brother has some medical training and believes it's poor circulation, but doctors have never found anything. I haven't had any tests done, but I'm wondering if I should. Any ideas what this could be and what I should do? I have heard many people bring up Raynaud's, but when my hands are cold, there is no discolouration, and it doesn't explain the swelling and redness.

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  • Have you had your thyroid levels checked? Also swelling from poor circulation would show a lower pulse in that area.... Kiera
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  • Yes, I had my thyroid level checked a few weeks ago and it was normal. I've never been examined for a doctor while my hands were swelling.
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