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tjanes90, July 2,  2020  7:46pm EST

Pain at rest

I was diagnosed with mild peripheral artery disease in both legs almost 2 years ago. At first i did really well with exercising, eating well and keeping my sugars under control. But for too long now i have not been taking it as serious as i should and have now developed pain in the left leg at rest. This pain has been happening every day for almost 3 weeks now but i have to wait for a call back from the doctor for an appointment. I was wondering if anyone could tell me how i would know if this pain is critical limb ischmeia? I don't just get the pain in the foot. Sometimes it's in the foot or..shin, calf, back of thigh, but never all areas at once. The pain is relieved for the time by a heating blanket or a bath. I also have normal temperature in both feet and legs and can feel a strong pulse in both feet and also no sores or discolouration, just pain! Could it be critical limb ischmeia if it's only causing pain at rest and nothing else? 

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  • AHAASAKatie
    AHAASAKatie, July 3,  2020  8:49am EST

    Good morning, I can share the information we have on PAD. However, I do think you need to call your doctor's office and push them for an appointment ASAP. If the pain is too severe or you experience swelling please go onto the ER for evaluation. I know there is concern about ER's and COVID19, but medical professionals have safety measures in place so that you will receive medical attention in a safe manner. 

    Please do come back and let us know how you are doing. Best Katie

  • Swamiail
    Swamiail, December 22,  2020  8:45am EST

    I have been getting cramps and Restless Leg Syndrome at night and weird feeling in feet keeping me awake at night As my blood pressure is normal and I am not a diabetic and eat super healthy and don't smoke My doctor didn't think of testing for P A D until a few weeks ago and I have blockages of 60% in both legs so am waiting for an appointment at a Vascular clinic so I am in shock and trying not to freak out but with lack of sleep and stressing over the diagnosis it's a losing battle and difficult to cope with everyday activities I would appreciate if anyone can give me some helpful hints to deal with this condition I do Yoga and walk every day but still have restless nights and am now taking sleeping medication which I don't want to get addicted too. I am 80 years old and live alone but have lots of supportive friends and family .



  • Swamiail
    Swamiail, December 27,  2020  4:52pm EST

    I guess you would have to ask your specialist and have a scan to see how serious your situation is I have similar symptoms at night - have just started a new topic- 

    Can you remember what % of blockage you had in your veins at your iniatial diagnosis Can't be too serious if you have a strong pulse in your feet.

    let me know what happens.


  • Swamiail
    Swamiail, January 7,  2021  6:37pm EST

    Also do you get leg cramps at night interfering with your sleep .?

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