Swollen and aching hands

Hi guys

Ever since I gave up smoking my hands have been swollen when I wake up in the morning, and they ache. It does wear off eventually but is really painful until it does. Almost like I imagine arthritis to feel - although I don't know as I don't think I have arthritis!

Does anyone else have this - as I say it started about 2 - 3 days into my quit and is still going on.

HELP!! Big-hand Lil!

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  • Have never heard of this one but did a quick google and that when you give up smoking 2 things happen that relate to this

    1.Circulation improves and while it's adjusting to being normal again this can cause water rentention

    2.Blood pressure lowers. As blood pressure lowers futher when you sleep anyway it can cause pooling of blood in extremities so your hand are swollen upon waking

    couldnt find a remedy but my (extremely non-medical) opinion would be to drink more water (no idea how that helps eases water retention but apparently it does), and re the blood pooling in your hand at night, er...um...sleep with your hands above your head??????:rolleyes:

  • couldnt find a remedy but my (extremely non-medical) opinion would be to drink more water (no idea how that helps eases water retention but apparently it does), and re the blood pooling in your hand at night, er...um...sleep with your hands above your head??????:rolleyes:

    :D Love it, thanks Lula!!!!:D

  • Why thanks - i do watch a lot of Grey's Anatomy - clearly it's paid off:p

  • blurtit.com/q2674934.html

    Simple water retention which will clear in a while, our bodies go into over drive when we quit and although they say that all things return to normal after we quit its not always true as my and a few others that I know of had increased BP and Cholesterol so you just have to ride it out, I must admit that my RA has not improved and is sometimes worse so maybe it masks some diseases worse or just more noticeable as Niccotine is a pain relief in itself, and maybe you do have a bit of arthritis depending on your age of course.

    I hope it clears up soon.

  • Thanks everyone :)

    Jamangie: thanks for the link, reassured me a lot!

    karri: that sounds horrid. Does it mean you can't move your elbow properly?

  • Nasty, and I wonder why the doc didn't ask first visit about how you sleep. How did you stop yourself sleeping in that position though?

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