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sore hands and feet that feel puffy but don't look puffy after eating salty foods

By June 17, 2009 - 6:58am
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this doesn't happen to me all the time but in the morning after eating salty foods the night before, my hands are stiff, sore and puffy, same with my feet. The thing is they don't look puffy. I just started noticing that this happeneds after eating foods high in salt. Is there any diseases or autoimmune disorders that i should be concerned about with these symptoms? I am only 33, 5 ffot 2 and weigh 125 pounds...not over weight, and healthy.

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I have pain in my feet and as written above they feel swollen but they do not appear swollen. Funny thing is I only eat eggs and tuna. No sugar and my BP is perfect. I cannot bend my toes. I had that electric shock test and no neuropathy. Also, no answers. :-(

February 2, 2018 - 11:00pm
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The puffiness is from nerves in the hands and feet that are damaged, and is the beginning stage of peripheral neuropathy- it is affected by foods and medicine and some times injuries. It can only be treated by specialists and medicine sometimes worsens it. You need to stop eating salt and sugar - only in moderation. This is not a thing to play with - cut out all grains and corns from your diet , actually any inflammatory food.

November 4, 2015 - 11:52pm
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i'm diabetic and i have problem sometimes of ankles or knees feeling swollen but not noticing that they look swollen. I've wondered if it's in the joint area ...like the skin tissues there. idk . I have no answers. I have heard that some meds have side effects like that of swelling.

September 24, 2014 - 10:48pm
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i have sort of same problem my hands n my legs start paining just after the food my diabeats n amount of himoglobin is normal please suggest me some solution i'm fed with this problem Reply asap

August 29, 2014 - 9:13pm
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I get this feeling all the time even when I have not consumed too much salt or msg. I thought it might have something to do with my diabetes even though it is well controlled. It keeps me awake at night.

August 17, 2014 - 8:12am
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This very thing has just happened to me. My hands and the pads of my feet feel very swollen & ache when i try to make a fist or put pressure on them (even typing this!). I do consume a lot of salt, always have. Ironiclly though, yesterday I did not consume much salt at all. What should I do?? Is this a major health concern? Should I see a physician or will they just tell me to drink water & rest or something? I'm scared & since I'm in between insurance coverage, would like to know what the doctor did for you??

September 10, 2009 - 9:00am

I agree with previous posts about MSG in certain foods- some people have strong reactions to it. However, keep in mind that if you are eating too much salt and not enough water your body will start to retain fluids. It is possible to have extreme water retention and not see the puffiness in your hands and feet. The next time you go to the bathroom, check your urine. Concentrated urine (very yellow or orange-like) is a sign of water retention. Drink lots of water if you are going to consume salts. The excess water will then come out through your urine and remember--where water goes salt follows thereby reducing that puffy, bloated feeling.

June 18, 2009 - 5:29am

Puffiness is both visual and physical. I think that it's possible to feel puffiness, but not see too much puffiness - although I agree that the physical effect is likely there, too.

With Chinese/Asian food (not so much with Japanese food), you need to know if they use MSG. Monosodium glutamate is a popular flavor enhancing ingredient, and was also the main ingredient in a steak seasoning. Because MSG causes adverse reactions in some people, yours truly included, a restaurant should state whether or not they use it.

There is also MSG in soy sauce. So, even though you may request no MSG, you might be getting some, anyway. If possible, request low sodium soy sauce. That might help.

June 17, 2009 - 5:02pm
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No offense.... but how can your hands and feet not LOOK puffy but FEEL puffy?? Just curious! Puffiness is a VISUAL effect! Do you mean that they are sore and stiff and hard to move?

June 17, 2009 - 4:43pm
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