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I have always thought puffy hands meant too much salt, THEN the doctor at the Tetons told me it was TOO LITTLE salt and to take more salt tabs.<br><br>
Also, when running long distances, you also have the centrifugal force of your arms swinging next to your body for 20, 24, 30, 36+ hours. It is only natural that the fluid starts to pool there.<br><br><br>
Thoughts?<br><br>
I usually go by my tummy more than my hands.
 

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I get them regularly and every single time they are from low sodium. I got them on the final climb at Waldo and thought I might have actually gone high on the sodium. I stressed about which way to go for almost an hour and then finally decided that since it's always been a sign of not enough, I'd stick with what I knew.<br><br>
After half an hour and 3-4 S! caps they unswelled.<br><br>
This stuff is so individual though, I'm always having low-sodium problems so my experience may not be useful to others.
 

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I've heard puffy hands mean too little sodium (because of being diluted with water) so it's edema, although too much sodium can cause water retention and puffiness as well. I guess your fluid & electrolyte balance is off either way.<br><br>
I was having puffy hands regularly this spring after maybe 3 hours of running, and when I started using Gatorade Endurance that didn't happen as significantly if at all. To me that says it was electrolytes in my case. (I haven't had puffy hands as much lately, but am getting some S! caps for if/when I do.) But it's certainly conceivable that the physics of running for a longer period of time could cause pooling. I've never seen or heard anything about it, but haven't researched it, either.
 

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What have I done????????????????????
 

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maybe i need to email Karl King?
 

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Definitely too little sodium.<br>
Or...in some cases...pack straps are too tight. Seriously...backpacks & bladder packs can constrict flow in the arms. Used to happen to me all the time when backpacking with a heavy pack.
 

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Well, if she gets this fixed, dare we predict a sub-7:00 JFK?<br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile">
 

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WOW! I never even thought about salt being the culprit. I just assumed that when I ran, my hands swelled. Period. Never even gave it another thought - just made sure to take my ring off before heading out for a run...<br><br>
I'm not going to start messing with salt tabs until after my marathon, but I'll be interested in seeing how salt intake makes a difference on my future long runs.
 

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Are you taking salt tabs? Different brands can cause this, depending on what's in 'em. Or so I have heard. Succeed tabs *always* give me puffy hands, and so I gave up and did a few ultras without. That solved the problem, and between gatorade and pretzels <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.kickrunners.com/forum/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Smile"> I haven't had salt issues. I have also taken a different brand ... it was a friend's so I forget which ... that has a different composition from succeed and those were better as well. Hope you find something that works!
 
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