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Had difficulty in breathing, swollen left fingers after a hike. Sugar levels ok. Due to electrolyte imbalance?

Hi, Yesterday I went on a 2.5 mile leisurely hike. I am not in the best shape, but usually 2.5 miles when I take my time is not bad on me. However, in the last quarter mile yesterday my breathing began to get more labored and I noticed that the fingers on my left hand were very swollen. My face was also very red. I am a type 2 diabetic, but my sugar levels were ok both before the hike and after. I did not take any over the counter meds before walking either. A nursing friend told me that she thought it might be an electrolyte embalance. Thoughts?
Asked On : Sun, 13 Jan 2013
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HI. IT SEEMS UNLIKELY DUE TO ELECTROLYTE IMBALANCE. IT MAY BE DUE TO SIMPLE REASON THAT SOME PEOPLE HAVE COLD ALLERGY. HOWEVER IF IT CONTINUES FOR LONG, THEN IT MAY ALSO BE DUE TO THE FACT THAT U MIGHT BE DEVELPING COMPLICATIONS ARISING OUT OF DIABETES SUCH AS DIABETIC KIDNEY DISEASE, OR DIBETIC CARDIOMYOPATHY. U NEED TO UNDERGO KIDNEY FUNCTION TEST AND ECHOCARDIOGRAM TO RULE OUT THAT.
Answered: Wed, 23 Jan 2013
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