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Leg pain when you walk? Don’t ignore it
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Thanks for the informative blog.
As I am also running an integrated health center in McAllen, TX & We provide their primary care & chiropractic services to all the peoples of different age group in McAllen to get Relief from their back pains, headache, Leg pain, shoulder pain & any other major pain. I found your blog very useful & learn a lot from your blog & try to apply to apply your ideas to provide relief to the people who are suffering from Leg pain.
My father, who is 90, was diagnosed with PAD a year ago after complaining of much pain and weakness in both legs when walking. He went to a highly reputable vascular facility, and after much testing was told that he had 100 percent blockage of the femoral artery in one leg, and 80 percent in the other. He was told that he was not a candidate for either bi-pass surgery or for angioplasty to clear out his arteries. He was told that he would likely eventually have amputations. Thank God, he got a second opinion from another practice, was diagnosed with Critical Limb Ischemia, and had three separate outpatient surgeries on each leg to clear out upper and lower arteries, and today he is in much less pain and is much stronger, living independently in his own home. Get second opinions!
PAD detection and diagnosis may be a problem for health care providers if a person also has diabetes. In at least one case I’m aware of a person with insulin dependent diabetes was diagnosed with neuropathy in his lower extremities, even though he consistently reported throbbing pain (more in one LE then the other) when he walked. He also reported numbness but repeatedly reported pain that severely limited walking.
It wasn’t until the person had a non-healing wound on a foot, for over a month, that he was tested for and discovered to have PAD, in both legs, although there is only one blockage in the person’s other leg. This was a person with a history of coronary artery disease (double bypass 7 years before) so checking for PAD perhaps should’ve happened sooner then it did. It’s particularly difficult for low income people in rural areas to find specialist treatment–perhaps a specialist (whether an endocrinologist or other specialist) would’ve thought to test for PAD sooner. In this case, it was a podiatrist who was treating the wound who strongly recommended testing for PAD asap.
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