Why do I have a cramping, pain in my legs when I go bed at night? It always seems to come on when I elevate my feet. All of a sudden my calf cramps causing severe pain. I have to get up and walk around to relieve the pain, or just dangle my legs over the side of the bed.
Why does my butt, hip, thigh hurt when I walk? Why do I feel numbness, tingling, aching or pain in these areas when I walk, but it is relieved by rest? Why do I get fatigue with walking?
Does this sound like you? If it does you may be suffering from Peripheral Arterial Disease, PAD for short. PAD affects millions of Americans. Many people have no symptoms yet but have PAD.
Why is this important? Persons with PAD have a two – six fold increase in developing a heart attack or stroke. This can be devastating. That is why it is important to tell your doctor if you have any symptoms of peripheral arterial disease, or if there is a family history of this disorder.
If you have a history of smoking, high blood pressure, heart disease, high cholesterol you are at increased risk for PAD. Diabetics are more prone to develop PAD as well.
Simple, non invasive testing can be done in our office to determine if there is PAD involved. The sooner you find out if you have PAD, especially in the early stages, the better off you are.