Patient Comments: Peripheral Vascular Disease - Experience

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Comment from: frankfurtbeat, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 20

I am 58 years old and the first symptoms peripheral vascular disease have occurred. From a friend of mine I heard about infrasonic applications that are supporting the healing. I organized one device and after 25 to 30 applications I feel better - less pain while walking. After 80 applications I am able to go distances without pain. Wonder if anyone of you has experience with infrasonic applications. That device offers an infrasonic and electromagnetic application.

Comment from: Jc104, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 23

I’ve had two stents placed in an artery behind my left knee for peripheral vascular disease. It’s been about a month now and recently my foot is feeling cold again. I don’t know what to do. Hoping the second stent has not closed up again.

Comment from: Ljwhitney, 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: August 07

My son had Buerger's disease, a rare peripheral vascular disease. He went to the hospital to have a vein grafted from his leg into his arm and hand. The upper part of the incision was glued shut and it started breaking open. I took him to the emergency room in the hospital several times, they never closed it up with stitches or anything else, and we started providing wound care for his wound. We didn't think there would be a lot of complications, however he died last Monday and I don't understand why.

Comment from: KEB, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 29

I am a very healthy looking person; no weight issues, very muscular looking. I never exercise. I am a smoker 45 plus years. I was walking with my partner and noticed a terrible leg cramp. She walks all the time and me sometimes. Finally, I couldn’t walk more than a block without feeling pain in my calf muscle. I went to the chiropractor to relieve the pain but my foot starting swelling and was very painful. The doctor diagnosed peripheral artery disease. I was so surprised. He told me to go to the emergency room immediately and I had an angioplasty which didn’t work. Two weeks later, I underwent bypass surgery on 3/15/18. From my groin down to my calf is healed; however, the calf has not healed and now I am seeing a wound specialist. I still have a 7 inch cut in my calf that does not want to go away after 3 months. The doctors all said smoking is the cause.

Comment from: Lynnielou, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 04

I had pain in my left thigh when walking fast, going upstairs or uphill for several years. It was uncomfortable but when I rested it stopped. Recently I've got pins and needles in the underside of my foot constantly, pain deep in my left thigh and top of my calf more so now even when walking. Each week it gets worse. I can barely walk 100 yards now without the pain. I now have no pulse in my foot or groin, my foot is always freezing cold. The last doctor I saw actually listened and believes it is peripheral vascular disease and has referred me to the vascular clinic in 2 weeks’ time but I'm really worried because we are due to go away in 4 weeks’ time and we normally walk miles when we are away. It's not going to be much fun if I can't walk.

Comment from: Micharlrowe57, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 06

My right toe has turned a dark color. I am wondering if it is from peripheral vascular disease.

Comment from: margaret, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: August 07

I started with numbness in my toes which then progressed into my feet and ankles, and now my legs are giving me pain. It is worse at night, I am not getting much sleep. The doctor says it is arthritis and that if you have it in your knees it will be in your feet. I also get a lot of cramp and stiffness. I am wondering if it is peripheral vascular disease. I am 79 years of age.

Comment from: Alison M. Smith , 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: April 10

I had two stents put in my left leg for peripheral vascular disease six years ago. I kept it under control with regular exercise, walking and stationary bike. For the last year I have been unable to get the same amount of exercise due to other illness. Now my left foot and leg are very badly swollen and the right foot a bit. The left leg is also scarlet and the skin has roughened. I have so many medical problems I have not mentioned this to my doctor but presume I should.

Comment from: Hughpuppied, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: September 14

I was diagnosed about 10 years ago but probably had it like 3 or so years before being diagnosed with it. I have peripheral vascular disease/peripheral artery disease (PVD/PAD). I got mine from smoking, which led to me having Buerger's Disease. It all started in my left big toe, my doctor thought it was just an ingrown toenail so he took some of the toenail off. That did not help the pain so he took the whole toe nail off after I tried to get in bed and ripped most of it off. It took 3 months after the worst pain I ever had that was in my toe to go away. Still they could not find out what was wrong, and they could not find a pulse in my feet, they did ultra sound, Allen test, x-rays, Doppler test and finally put dye in the vein near the groin. When I walked I did not have pain in the calf like most people who have PVD/PAD. Instead when I walked my feet hurt so bad, it was like someone was standing on my toes, while someone was stretching the muscle that runs the length of the bottom of your foot, and someone was hammering the sides of my feet. It felt like there were bunions and calluses, and it felt like my foot was sleeping. It would get so bad I could not walk for long before I had to sit down and rest. I had that for like 5 years, then it went away for like 5 years, then came back again. I heard with Buerger's disease that if you stop smoking as soon as you find out you have Buerger's Disease it might stop getting worse and reverse itself. I also heard that it will not get worse or better and also heard that it would only get worse. I finally stopped smoking this April after finding out 10 years ago. I hope I did not do more damage. So far I am lucky I did not have to have any operations on my feet nor did I need anything amputated. I do have Raynaud's syndrome/phenomenon which is worse when it is cold outside and that affects my Buerger's disease. I don’t know how I could be so stupid to keep smoking, not getting more exercise and going out when it was cold outside. I must have someone watching over me to still have my feet and legs after being so stupid to not take better care of myself.

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Comment from: midav, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: January 05

I was a longtime smoker (45 years). I found I couldn't walk halfway down my block because of pain from peripheral vascular disease. I started with herbs with no luck and then tried propionyl-L-carnitine with great success. I now take a variety of supplements and get a lot of exercise from my physically demanding job as a construction worker. I work 10 hour days and walk a minimum of 10 miles each day with no pain.

Comment from: epare, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: July 14

I have always been active and walked a few miles a day up to about 5 years ago when my ability to walk progressively decreased to the point where I could only walk about 50 feet before having to stop from pain in my calves. I was diagnosed with PAD (peripheral artery disease) and told I had 90 percent blockage of the left femoropopliteal artery with 80 percent blockage of the right. Because the main blockage was behind the left knee, I could not have a stent but was able to benefit from angioplasty. I was morbidly obese, type II diabetic, ex-smoker, and had too much cholesterol. I lost the weight down to a BMI of 25, got my cholesterol down to better-than-normal, and controlled my diabetes with exercise and diet. Claudication re-occurred last year and I had another angioplasty, this time in the right leg, still no stent. I am currently still experiencing mild claudication but am forcing myself to walk 6 miles per day carrying a pack. I still have a normal BMI, normal cholesterol, and normal blood sugar levels. I have not beat PAD but feel I can control it for a few years more.

Comment from: Mosoko, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: May 05

I had calf pain for 4 years. I smoked for 30 years, not heavily but enough to ruin my life. My family doctor thought I had flat feet. Thanks to an alert podiatrist, I had ultrasounds revealing almost total arterial blockage on my right leg. I had a double bypass for peripheral vascular disease 1.5 years ago, and able to walk for the past year. The angioplasty didn't work for me. I'm on the treadmill for 45 minutes and every second day 20 minutes cycling and 25 minutes treadmill at my gym. I don't limp for short distances, but my calves still kill me. My surgeon said shortly after surgery I'd be lucky if my leg lasts 5 years, and I'm going to keep working hard to prove him wrong! I tell everyone who will listen, this is what smoking did for me. What a fool!

Comment from: Mary E., 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: January 08

At the age of 37 I was told I had peripheral vascular disease (PVD). That’s when I had my first aortic bypass, and was told to stop smoking. Between 37 and 54 I have had every surgery that could be done. I was still a smoker. At the age of 54 I was being life-flighted into the city to a top notch hospital. Two days later I became an above the knee amputee. That was February 2013. Because it is a vascular issue which can keep a patient from properly fitting into a prosthetic I have not walked since and may never walk again. Please, if you are told you have PVD, stop smoking!

Comment from: needajay123, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 17

My experience with this peripheral vascular disease (PVD) started for me in the early 90s with bi-lateral diseases in both legs. I evidently was born with this disease because I have always had skinny legs, they never would develop into nice muscle toned shaped legs that girls could be proud of. I often wondered why my legs would hurt after long walks, or after riding bikes in my younger days. In my late 30s I decided to seek medical help. It was interfering with my ability to do my job, it hurt to walk the hospital halls. My first surgery, the surgeon’s plan to me was to use a vein from one of my upper extremities to replace the bad vein. Well, how about the surgeon changed his mind mid surgery and decided to use a bypass from one of the diseased veins and 15 min into recovery, that vein blew. They had to rush me back into surgery, open up that leg again and they sent me home with an open gashed wound that had to be changed every day until the skin closed up on its own. Several months of rehabilitation later, leg is very deformed with long scars from my genital area down to my knees. Then the surgeon who butchered me left the area and relocated with no forwarding address. The next surgeon did my left leg (he did surgery on this leg 2 times) did not want to reopen the work the previous surgeon did on the right leg. To make a long, sad story short, both legs butchered, I still have the same problem, was told by the surgeon that they almost lost me, had to get my sister to sign for 11 pints of blood, and was told no more surgery, I may not make it off the operation table. I wish I had never had the first surgery. Now my toes after all these years are beginning to go numb on my right foot and the right leg is the one I consider butchered.

Comment from: angeleyes, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 13

I had peripheral arterial disease (PAD) since last year. I have had stents put in my left leg and last year had a femoral graft bypass done to the groin area. But it failed within 7 months and last month I had an aortofemoral bypass done. I did smoke but don’t smoke now. I waited for years to see why my legs hurt while walking, running, etc. The best thing I can say is don’t wait either with or without insurance, get the help you need. Don’t take a no for an answer. It’s your life.

Comment from: Shana, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: August 04

I found out 3 years ago that I had peripheral vascular disease. I kicked my toes on the foot of the bed, and 8 months later they still looked like purple grapes. I went to the doctor about 4 times in the 8 months because I couldn't understand why my toes weren't healing. That's when he figured out I had no pulse in my foot. And so the tests began, and scans. I've smoked for over 25 years, and still haven't managed to kick the habit. I've had my artery operated on twice, and I know the artery is closed again. I know I have to stop smoking and will be starting Zyban pills on Monday to help me stop.

Comment from: Misty123, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: September 07

I have always been very active worked 12 hours per day (constantly walking) and was underweight. I have always eaten a healthy diet, with very little meat, I have no diabetes. But, I smoked a pack of cigarettes a day for years. I was in 3 car accidents in 1994 and was having problems with my legs and was diagnosed with peripheral vascular disease. This does not run in my family. I had a fem-pop done on my right leg and was put on Plavix, aspirin, and pentoxifylline. All went fairly well for a few years, I have stopped smoking, no longer able to work, can walk only short distances before stopping because of the leg pain. I had a blood clot go to my right lung from the right leg surgery (pulmonary embolism), I had a right carotidectomy. Now I have been having pain in my left leg especially at night (Charlie horses)or ‘rest pain.’ My doctor says I will need to get a stent or perhaps another bypass surgery. I do not look forward to this because the first one did not heal and I ended up having two surgeries on my right leg. I'm praying the stent is all I need.

Comment from: missmomof1, 25-34 Female (Patient) Published: October 07

I was recently told about having PAD. I am 33 yrs old and I have been having issues since I was 23. I've always been going to the doctors and telling them my symptoms and always get put off. It wasn't til one of my veins burst that finally something got figured out. It took 2 years after the vien burst but at least I can finally move on without much trouble. If they would of listened when I was 23, I might not be where I am now. I no longer can work and am constantly fatigued.

Comment from: ruerue05, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: March 25

I have had peripheral vascular disease for three years. I have had my arteries in my legs cleared about six times. I have seven stents in my legs, one stent in my left kidney, and one stent in my pelvic area. I take Plavix and warfarin each day. I am researching a new drug called cilostazol that I will discuss with my doctor.

Comment from: j w, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: November 23

I have numbness in my toes on both feet all the time for 6 months with peripheral vascular disease. I also have soreness in the inside of my groin on the right leg off and on for the last month.

Comment from: Brenda, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: April 01

My mother is 57 and she has this peripheral vascular disease. She is in the hospital as I type this and my heart goes out to each and every one of you. The doctors are now considering amputation, we are devastated! My mother has had over 10 surgeries, 4 in the last 2 months. All of the vein replacement surgeries continue to collapse one after the other. She has been butchered from her right ankle to her groin. She always bounces right back but this time she lost 2 pints of blood and is now receiving a transfusion. I"m 36 and am noticing signs in myself like hot feet, restless legs at night and muscle spasms in my calves periodically. I cannot imagine going through what my mother is going through right now. This disease is horrible and doctors really have no way of explaining your options other than drugs, surgery and amputation as the final decision.

Comment from: LindaLee, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 30

In July 2013 I had severe muscle cramps at night mostly in my right leg, and since I've had a DVT (deep vein thrombosis) in that leg in 2004 I treated myself gently till my doctor did the ultra-sound and it showed a blockage behind my right knee instead of another DVT. I was referred to a vascular surgeon in September because I had no insurance then, and did all the tests he ordered including with a heart doctor to verify there were no problems in the rest of my body, when my insurance took effect. I still didn't hear back from the vascular doctor till I got tired of waiting and suffering. I finally got a re-check appointment (November 13th) after making several calls and was 5 minutes late, then doctor left knowing I had the appointment. Again I waited for them to re-schedule me and just got a call from the office (December 20th) to re-schedule my appointment for mid-January because the doctor won't be working till then. I have some medical training as an x-ray technician and read my own report from October that stated an 11mm blockage (about 1/2 inch) behind my right knee. The medical assistant stated this appointment was a routine 3 month re-check. I'm really confused about the seriousness since everyone along the process pressed me to get medical attention as soon as possible. I don’t know if this is normal or I should seek another doctor. I did see my left leg has 2 arteries and now my right leg has 3.

Comment from: cjnkj03, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: December 19

I am now 42 years old and going on my 37th procedure. I have been bypassed from my abdominal aorta to femoral in both legs 2 times, they have redone both the legs 4 times each. I have had 13 angioplasty procedures and coiling in the subclavian artery in my neck. I am still having issues and am getting ready for surgery again. All I can tell you is keep on going, every day is another day with your loved ones. The pain will never go away but the joy of family is way greater.

Comment from: 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: May 09

In 2008 I had a triple-by bass for 90% clogged left ventricle. In May of 2009 I had a fem-pop for my right leg which did not work because there was no place in my lower leg to tie in. The doctor said the only thing I could do was keep riding the bike to keep the leg alive so I do every day for about an hour and half. It is very painful but eases up when I rest awhile. I have never smoked but let high blood pressure go on way too long. I can only walk short distance without pain. Such is live with PAD.

Comment from: KK, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: December 05

I'm a 53 year old female and was diagnosed with PVD in Feb 2011. I started having extreme pain in my foot and my little toe turned purple. I had an Arteriogram and stent placed March 2011. My toe is purple again and painful, not as bad as before, I had a CTA last week and the stent is still open but the branch arteries are so narrow that the blood can't flow. I'm back on Plavix and now Pletal. I have no insurance and this has cost a fortune so far, I'm having the same symptoms in my arm and hand. To top it off they found a nodule on my left lung so this week I had a CT on my lungs and they found 4 pulmonary nodule's, they are too small to biopsy, the radiologist is concerned since they have glass features. Doc told me to walk to see if it helps to get the blood flowing but when I walk the pain is so intense and my toe turns a dark black color. I started back on the Plavix and Pletal today, ever since I took them I have had the worst head ache I have ever had. I wonder if it is the Pletal.

Comment from: Maxine, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 17

My husband has had PVD for several years. He has had constant problems with edema in his legs causing deep ulcers. After multiple visits with our primary doctor, he was finally referred to a vascular surgeon who sent him to a wound clinic specializing in lymphedema wraps. A month later, he underwent fem-pop bypass graft of the left leg and has not had an ulcer since. He was headed for an amputation of the leg. He still has problems with edema, but we wrap the leg quickly and have been able to keep things under control for the last four years. My advice is to keep searching for the right treatment and don't take "no, there is nothing more we can do" for an answer.

Comment from: Tim, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: February 10

I'm in the military and around the year 2001 (age 41) was having pain in my calves after walking a short distance. I thought I was just out of shape, and tried to just workout harder. The pain would happen every time I walked or ran at about the same distance. I went to the doctor and he said I needed physical therapy. After some physical therapy and not seeing any progress my wife, who is a nurse suggested I get tested for intermittent claudication. She was right and I was diagnosed with arthrosclerosis. I had a stent placed in my right iliac artery and have since had balloon angioplasty of both the left and right legs. My last procedure resulted in some complications and I bleed out internally at the entry site to the left femoral artery. It took about two months for the large hematoma in my abdomen and left testicular sack to dissolve. I think this could have been prevented by less blood thinner or longer time with a sand bag on my groin after the procedure to ensure the bleeding has stopped. Before and after surgery I was given plavix, but was taken off of it after six weeks. I'm now taking 81mg aspirin, 100 pletal, and 80mg Simvastatin. Pain discourages exercise, but I know that I must exercise three times a week if I'm going to keep this problem in check, or at least slow it down. Maintaining a low fat diet is helpful too. I look forward to the day that we can find a cure for the build up of plaque in the arteries, or a method of safely removing plaque. I don't smoke, I'm not overweight, I'm not diabetic, and my other family members don't seem to have the problem. My only thought is perhaps I could have been more active in my life. Keep moving, walking, running, biking, swimming, anything to make the vessels stay active and open. Good luck all who have this painful condition. God bless my sweet wife for helping me to deal with this disease.

Comment from: cindy, 45-54 Male (Caregiver) Published: October 26

I am not sure where to begin my husband has 3 clogged arteries in his heart. Chest pain jaw neck arm heartburn it was all on his right side. Since his tests all these symptoms are still there but worse now it is on his left side but swaps back and forth to each side he has bad chest pain his jaw and face hurts and it went numb. His hand is cold inside, but warm outside his back hurts and his stomach hurts. Now his leg hurts from the front of his knee to his foot he is a diabetic has high blood pressure and high alcohol can you please tell me what you think.

Comment from: buergers sufferer, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: October 07

I have buergers disease. It started when I was 25. Smoking marijuana caused it. I don't and never have smoked tobacco. I have lost both legs and 4 fingers due to this. Doctors were reluctant to blame pot but now have discovered that marijuana has caused a new version of this disease.

Comment from: 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 12

Recently, I have been experiencing numbness in my lower right toes and foot area. I also have it in both hands. These symptoms have been present is the morning when I awaken from sleep. Can you tell me what should I do about this condition? I have been walking in the afternoon when I get home from work, but sometimes find it difficult to do because it causes so much pain I give up. Sometimes the pain in my legs, upper and lower is so great it keeps me from sleeping. What are my options?

Comment from: mukilteogal, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: January 14

I started feeling the symptoms of this disease when I was approximately 40 years old. I put off going to the doctor until walking became almost something I could no longer do. 20 years later I have had numerous by-pass grafts and one amputation. My life has been altered and it is something I would not bless on my worst enemy. If you don't smoke, don't start. If you do, stop. Make sure you are tested for cholesterol levels, including triglycerides, which is my problem. The minute you feel the symptoms, go to your doctor.

Comment from: Trying2smile, 45-54 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 01

I was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre syndrome (GBS) in 2016. I don't know how it happened. The disease has taken over my life; I am bed bound. I hate being this way. I have lost so much. I wish I knew how this disease started and what I can do to become more independent. I miss my independence. I feel so lost and cheated! I need to find out how I contracted this disease.

Comment from: Barbie S, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: June 13

I am suffering with lymphedema of both arms. The clinic I went to wants me to see a vascular doctor to check for peripheral vascular disease because all my veins are on the surface.

Comment from: 54 pad, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: February 26

I have PAD (peripheral artery disease) and it is passed on to your kids. My mom had it, my dad, my sister, my brother and now one of my kids might have it. My grandma also had it. I’m going back for bypass, I don’t like it but I like my legs.

Comment from: sv, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: March 15

I had a heart attack in May. I didn’t recognize the arm pain symptoms, namely the pain in both arms. Prior to the pain I felt in my arms, I started feeling pain in my left calf muscle after walking short distances. My advice is to not ignore the pain in your limbs or other unexplained pain in other parts of your body.

Comment from: Not Scared Straight, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: May 20

Four years ago the doctor advised my mother to have bypass surgery, and she refused out of fear. She tried to change her bad habit (smoking, sneaking one here and there) until March of 2007 when her right leg was amputated. Eventually, the bypass was performed. Now it's March of 2009 and the peripheral vascular bypass has failed and infected. The threat of another bypass and amputation are close at hand.

Comment from: Jenlduu, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: April 08

My symptoms of peripheral vascular disease first started with cold, numb feet and then swelling of my feet only. Then the swelling went away, and my feet only hurt when they got cold. Then they just got cold and numb until I got them warm, and then my feet went back to normal.

Comment from: Troys Daugher, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: March 16

My dad has recently been diagnosed with peripheral vascular disease. He is in so much pain constantly. He quickly developed blisters on his toe. I praise the Lord for helping us find help. He is having hyperbaric treatments, 30 dives. He "dives" in the chamber at the hospital for two hours, five days a week. He has had six treatments now, and we are seeing some results. We are told to give it four weeks. Medicare is covering his treatments. It is upsetting that more doctors do not know of this and can help people save their limbs and their lives in many of the cases if they do not wait until the limbs start turning black.

Comment from: dsmith, 19-24 Female (Patient) Published: December 18

I have been diagnosed with peripheral vascular disease. This disease has ruined my life and has caused my family much grief. I will likely lose my leg from this, if not my life, and want to tell everyone that if you are ever diagnosed with this disease, please do not wait and go to the doctor right away. I am only 24, and it has ruined my dreams and my wishes for a bright future. I hope and pray that this is not passed to my children. I do not wish this disease upon any human. I have been through seven surgeries in the past year. My experience with this has been hard and truly unbelievable. I never thought this would happen to me, but now I hope I can stop it from happening to anyone else.

Comment from: MalloCup, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: July 08

I am a 56 yea old woman. I have had 18 angioplasties, and 1 bypass on my legs. I've always had pain in my calves, when I knew my arteries were plugged. Four months ago I developed an ulcer on my middle toe on my left leg. Both legs are plugged up. When I had my last angioplasty, 3 doctors told me they won't touch me anymore, as I have nothing to attach anything to anymore. My podiatrist sent me to another doctor in Sarasota, and he said he can help me. On July 6,2011, I had an angiogram on both legs. On July 18th, I will find out my options. Please pray for me.

Comment from: scleroderma patient, 65-74 Female (Patient) Published: September 20

I never had claudication in the calves. I had severe foot pain in bed, and pain in one buttock when walking. I had 2 bypasses and three angioplasties but ended up with an amputation. I have scleroderma which affected the lining of the vessels. My diagnosis was PVD exacerbated by scleroderma.

Comment from: JoanieL., 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: September 13

My husband was first diagnosed with this disease about 11 years ago. He is a non-stop smoker. He has had a below knee amputation. His other leg has been stinted and by-passed so many times. He had a deep ulcer this year and the surgeon made an incision from his groin to his ankle in order to by-pass blockages. He's now on Coumadin and we hope he will have a better quality of life.

Comment from: PaPa, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: August 12

I have right corroded artery 90% blocked. It’s taken weeks to months to get through the testing. Schedule a test for the next week then schedule the Doc appointment for the next week etc. Meanwhile I am worried stiff can't sleep, hard to function. Looks like I'll need surgery.

Comment from: Lori, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: April 13

Thank you so much for all this information. I am 45 years old and have had pain and numbness in my legs and arms for about 2 years and the doctors don't seem to be finding the problem, but I think I just did. I had a PAD test done and am awaiting the results. They did tell me the number in my left leg was 70 and the number in my right leg was 80 but I don't know what that means yet. I spent the day yesterday in the ER with chest pains but they said my heart looked fine. I am so confused and scared! I have no insurance and do not know how much I can do without it. It seems that as soon as the doctor finds out that there isn't insurance they quit trying to find the answer.

Comment from: Debbie, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 01

I have PAD and had a bypass back in 1998. In 2006 I was told my left leg was 75% clogged again and my right 25%. I had the surgery on my right leg. I had the old procedure where I was cut open, used another vessel in my leg and had 44 staples to close me up. I don't know any other way to explain this. Now I'm experiencing back, hips and leg pain so bad I have to sit down. If I do too much at once my entire body gets tired. This week, for the first time, that I know of, my legs, mainly right were swollen from my foot to my calf. That had lasted for about three days. But last night I had, what I call, two Charlie horses in a row. They were so painful and I never get Charlie horses. When I got up this morning the swelling was gone. I have a seasonal job so I'm laid off for five months out of the years. We've had lots of snow so I've been sedentary a lot this winter. The pain I had last night was unbearable. I feel a slight pressure in my right calf today, but it doesn't hurt. I believe I need surgery again but have no insurance to do so. Plus I smoke and have a hard time quitting.

Comment from: nedelcho, 75 or over Male (Patient) Published: November 18

I am in my late 70's. I have had 6 procedures on my legs, 4 on the left and 2 on the right. I still get SEVERE PAIN in my calves. I have to stop walking and at rest my right foot feels numb and cold. I have to wear a sock at night to keep it somewhat warm. Sometimes in the dead of night, I get terrible cramping in my right leg and foot. I can barely get up out of bed to put ice packs on my muscles. On top of this, I have had a quadruple bypass and 2 stents after that. I am told, "That's all we can do!" I still suffer.

Comment from: key, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: October 26

Whenever I use my hands I feel tingling, numbness, and my fingers get stuck on a certain position depending on what I’m doing and when I sleep with both arms up I get that tingling feeling from my fingers up to my arms.

Comment from: Jimbo, 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: October 07

My big toe draws upward in a spasm, but it seems the tendon is tightning. The pain is bad in the top of my foot and heat helps but it will come and go for hours. I am active and play golf. A barber by trade.

Comment from: kralcrl, 75 or over Female (Patient) Published: July 24

At age 53 I was diagnosed with Peripheral Vascular Disease which resulted in by-pass artery surgery to both the right and left legs. I felt no pain up to the time I had the surgery. Since surgery my doctors have kept me with pulses tests each year. Since the original surgery I still have the original by-pass in the left leg but have had surgery for replacement of the artificial artery in the right leg. Upon my latest pulses test I have now been informed that I do have problems with my right leg again which will be treated with medication. I have had wonderful care given, I have had my by-passes now for 26 years and I lead a very active life..

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