SCARED - possible periphery artery disease, sisters had strokes
Just turned 50 yesterday, and have been having severe right calf pain after only walking less than half a block, which started 10 days ago. I went to my PCP on Monday who referred me to an ortho specialist, believing the pain was coming from a spinal problem. This doctor examined me and said there was nothing wrong with my spine and he has scheduled an arterial study as he thinks I have peripheral vascular disease. He also noted that I have no pulse in my right foot. I also checked my carotid arteries, and I cannot find a pulse in the left, and a weak pulse in the right - I used to work out and was able to find them no problem a couple of years ago.The appointment is not for another 2 weeks, and I am becoming increasingly anxious over this diagnosis. My sister  just had a mini stroke 2 weeks ago, and my other sister  had a mild stroke 1 year ago, my 91 year old mother had a heart attack 10 yrs ago and had 6-way bypass surgery, with CHF 3 yrs ago. Obviously my risks are high, based on hereditary aspects, but I also have high cholesterol and am a smoker who is trying desperately to quit.
I am unable to even take my dog for a walk without having to sit on a bench every few yards, when the pain will subside, but starts up again after a few steps. There is some color change in my foot at times - paler than my left foot. I guess Im wondering how advanced my PAD is [if that is the final diagnosis], considering how acutely my symptoms began. I know I will find out when I have the test, but it seems so far away, I am very scared and want to be prepared.
Last edited by mmedow; 03-16-2007 at 09:31 AM.