I have noticed over the last few years, when I drink alcohol, especially wine, my feet or toes will swell and get kind of red. Sometimes when I eat any amount of salt, my fingers will also swell. I am scared that this has something to do with the fluctuations and rising of my blood pressure. Does this happen to anyone else? I am keeping myself on a VERY low sodium diet, and sometimes I can eat alot a salt with no reaction while other times just a little and I get puffy! My understanding is that fluid retention causes high blood pressure, not that high blood pressure causes fluid retention, so what would cause the retention?
Does this happen to anyone else when they drink? The next morning my feet looked normal. Also, I woke up in the middle of the night and my heart felt like it was beating out of my chest. My pulse was only 76 (I usually run about 64-80) so it was fine, but I did drink quite a bit.