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Old 10-24-2011, 10:41 PM   #1
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PAD question

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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Old 11-09-2011, 09:44 AM   #2
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Re: PAD question

Kitty, I feel so bad reading your letter and don't know what the answer is. I hope by now you know more what is going on!!!
I was just looking on the healthboards to see if I could get some advice or help for myself and read your story. I have a similar story and I too am very frustrated and don't know what to do. My husband and I went to the hospital recently for some tests one of these routine tests that you pay for something like 5 tests for $50. which is something everyone should do as doctors don't perform these tests routinely. I had with these tests the ABI tests as I was concerned as for years now my feet and legs have no feeling in them especially in the morning, they are a bluish color and feel numb and tingly constantly and I told the girl when she was taking the test. Well the test came back "abnormal" and it was basically borderline and said that I have "peripheral artery disease" and to see my doctor again in a year but that these tests will be sent to my family doctor. Well I was concerned because of the problem that I have been having. I also had a EKG done which also came back abnormal for an iskemia (sp) that didn't look good either "abnormal T waves" and it looks like that my arteries in my legs and my heart are blocked. Soooo of course I panicked and being retired we don't have great insurance and I wanted to see a specialist "vascular" immediately and new I would have to pay out of pocket and booked an appt. He could have cared less about my reports. I have a history of chest pain and numbness and tingling in my arms and hands and he listened to my heart and looked at my legs and didn't even touch them and basically said if I have had this all along that I have fine. Just to almost "appease" (sp) me he said to get a "stress" test done. I am soooo sick of doctors dismissing me. Oh yes I do have "fibromyalgia and just been diagnosed with hypothyroidism and have spine problems" so I guess I don't matter anymore!!!! So here I sit as I am typing this so frustrated and I can't feel my feet, my leg is really sore and tight and is bothering me and both my hands are numb. So I hope one of us gets help and it will hopefully be you!!! Please update me on what is happening, I will be really interesting in hearing what they are doing for you.
Sorry I can't be of any help.
Take care of yourself.


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