Pain is almost untolerable. Legs are constantly cold. Discolored from mid calf to my ankle. Barely able to walk at times. Getting out of bed and chairs is a chore. I'm a male..mid 40s. I don't drink..I do smoke cigarettes..but no drugs..please help..thanks..
25 May 2013
Please, cease the cigs for just a short time, and get thyself to an emergency room asap, this could be cardiac related. It also could be Reynaud's disease, or it could just be cold legs! But the pain and inability to walk with comfort in a man, mid forties is not right, so off to the ER for you, but please let us know how it goes, if you decide to take this girl's advice?
I'm certainly no expert, but we do have a few nurses that really know their business! I do hope one of them answers your query in case I'm way off base.
Best wishes and a speedy recovery to you,
p.s. you might want to take one aspirin before you go off to your local ER.
25 May 2013
I'm concerned that you might have a circulation problem going on since your calfs are discolored. You need to go to the ER immediately. If you have a blood clot that is hindering your bloodflow, it needs to be addressed now. A DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) is very dangerous. How long has this been going on? Please let us know what you find out.
Your concerned friend,
25 May 2013
Except for the calf discoloration, your symptoms are identical to my own. It's my feet that go blue. I finally found a doc to prescribe methadone to alleviate the pain, though we disagree on when to administer. I prefer to use a heating pad to warm my feet up, restoring circulation, but sometimes that makes the pain even worse. I am not diabetic, but seem to have all the symptoms of diabetic neuropathy, which sounds like you. The neurologist posited Reynaud's, but admitted it didn't fit in totality. I believe they are largely guessing, waiting for some worsening or for me to quit smoking - whichever comes first. The pain has to be addressed. The advice to go to ER is vital, as the leg circulation could be a fatal problem. Please let us know your diagnosis - after your hospital visit. Good luck.
28 May 2013
I'm late in on this one and interestingly enough, as I read, I thought of cauda equina syndrome which is caused by pressure on the nerves in the lower back by discs or stenosis usually. It almost always requires surgery. I was going to tell you to get yourself to ER but then I saw you already went and it looks like I would have been close to the mark on that assessment! Hope your upcoming surgery helps! If your symptoms worsen, get yourself back to the ER. Sometimes this sort of thing can become an emergency that needs surgery right away to take pressure off of those nerves to prevent permanent damage.
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