this is very undesirable result of lifting heavy weights. i don't want my fingers and palm to look like a balloon. It is even making even holding a pen difficult.

what can i do to stop this fattening of hand and specially fingers. I don't want this. It makes my hand look ugly, and make daily tasks annoying.

Would wearing glove solve this somehow. or they are for palms only.

  • Do you mean that you are developing calluses? – user4644 Dec 4 '13 at 2:27
  • How heavy do you lift for various lifts? How big are your hands getting? Can you post a photo? – user2861 Dec 4 '13 at 3:06
  • @kate that too but not as much of a problem. The whole thing goes down a little bit after no workout of 2 weeks. It's like swelling that stays, happens only after i go like above 50 pounds, and i go upto 85 pounds. It happens with machines also, in fact the main source, on machines i go like 290 pounds of push and pull. – Muhammad Umer Dec 4 '13 at 3:41
  • In your other question you mention weight loss and that you are eating "twice as much as you should be". Is your weight a potential problem causing swelling? While its possible weightlifting might be causing this we'd need to know exactly how much you are lifting for a specific lift to help - eg. X kg bench press or Y kg overhead press, not just "50 pounds". – user2861 Dec 4 '13 at 4:57
  • My weight is not causing the swelling of hands. it was never issue and becomes a non issue once i stop going to gym for a month or start playing sports instead like bball. But as soon as i get serious my hands start getting puffy and i have a feeling they dont go back at being completely normal even during time i am not going. Condition improves though very much. I am not asking for advice on my workout routine i just want to know what can be done make my hands not swell if i want to life heavy weights. I asked around in gym they said that's a good thing it makes you look like a man. lol. – Muhammad Umer Dec 4 '13 at 5:42

The Mayo Clinic has an article on the topic from Dr. Edward R. Laskowski, M.D. that goes over the possible cause:

Hand swelling during exercise is a fairly common problem. The cause isn't completely clear, but hand swelling appears to be a result of the way your body and blood vessels respond to the increased energy demands of your muscles during exercise.

A possible remedy is proposed by this article on Real Simple, though aimed at joggers, it may apply to you - do the hand exercises between sets:

“Raising your arms over-head and pumping your fists can help keep blood flowing as you jog,” says Sosena Kebede, an assistant professor of medicine at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, in Baltimore.

However, both articles indicate the swelling should go away a few hours, not days, after you've stopped exercising. This may be something you'd want to discuss with a healthcare professional.

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