Peripheral Arterial Disease Question~~I have been given test results from Cat Scan (with contrast dye)that show two occluded/blocked arteries in my left leg.(supposed PAD) One is better than the other. To explain, I woke up on June 11th with a totally numb and painful left foot. At first I thought I'd maybe had a stroke, but then assumed I had done something to cause it while working in my yard,or something, because it was only one foot. It was so painful, I finally saw a doctor days later who ordered an ABI test & doppler ultrasound which were not normal. Nor, could you feel pulses in my foot.
An angioplasty balloon/stent type invasive surgery was suggested. I had read that sometimes just OTC medicine, anticholesterol type drugs and exercise were just as good as surgery, as the blockages tend to recur in a year, or two, with stents. Also, I was told you are given Versed so you won't remember the procedure. I wanted to know what goes on, though. Some places do not use that drug, but, here they do. So, I began using Chelation type medicine, plus Choles-off, 81 mg Aspirin, CoQ10, Ribose, Red Yeast Rice, etc. which I found on internet that claim to be good for heart and for flushing out arteries, in addition to my multi-vitamin/mineral pills and pain medicine. The only other medical problem I have right now is peripheral neuropathy in both legs (mainly upper legs), which I've had for years............I have never smoked, do not drink, am not overweight, do exercise though probably not enough right now, do not take cholesterol drugs, am not a diabetic, etc. so I was very surprised at the diagnosis......My question is---"HOW LONG SHOULD I TRY THE OTC TYPE MEDICINE AND CHELATION COMPOUNDED MEDICINE, BEFORE GIVING UP TO HAVE THE ANGIOPLASTY SURGERY?" I've been on this since August. My foot is somewhat better, I can feel pulses now. I can walk fine, though the bottom of foot is still numb and around ankle hurts, it feels very, very tight, though I don't know why. Also, sort of frostbitten feeling.
One blocked artery was in back of upper leg, but blood was going around it. The other was in lower third of leg. My foot has been the only problem, not leg. In June & July, it was the most painful thing I've ever had to deal with. Maybe part of it was neuropathy, but I had not had it in feet before much. I could not walk at all for a while. But in Aug/Sept it was much better, so I am hoping I can get it better without an angioplasty invasive surgery. It sort of feels like a numb painful sprained ankle where you cannot turn the foot. THANK YOU for reading this narrative though I didn't mention everything. If you have questions, comments, or answers, I would appreciate hearing from you, esp. from those who have had this same problem of blocked leg arteries. Thanks so much. ~kittyamazing~
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