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Lower Extremity Arterial Evaluation

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#1 barefut


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Posted 13 December 2006 - 12:14 PM

Went to my general practitioner today for the pain in my calves. Of course it hasn't bothered me for almost a week. Seems all I have to do sometimes is make the appointment and I'm cured :lol:

Doc said to reduce salt intake, use ice and anti inflams when it flares, and try some B-complex vitamins. Possibly later try diuretics.

Also he's sending me for a lower extremity arterial evaluation which I guess is done by ultrasound.

Has anybody ever had one of these done?

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Posted 13 December 2006 - 12:46 PM

I'm not sure what mine was called but, the doctor they sent me to ran a bar up and down my legs from my toes to my thighs. It was testing the pulse beats in different parts of the veins. Measuring amounts of pressure while laying flat that the blood was pumping through the veins. Mine was done because I went to a foot specialist to have an ingrown toenail fixed. Everything went wrong from getting the shot and it not taking effect to my toe not healing. So, I was sent to a specialist to see what the blood flow was like and if I was getting a strong enough pulse. He put me on several things to clear up my toe. It took 7 months to heal. This was about 1 year before getting diagnosed with Sclero. If its not the same thing I had. Well, sorry for my input. Ha! Sheryl
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Posted 13 December 2006 - 01:49 PM


I have had it done. I had a mild sensory Guillain-Barre syndrome several years ago that temporally paralyzed parts of my legs, arms, fingers and face. I had nerve conduction studies done and also what you are talking about. They called it a Doppler study. It was easy and painless.

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#4 LizzyC



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Posted 13 December 2006 - 10:08 PM

Hi Barefut,

Yes they are easy and painless, and they give the doctor a lot of information about what is going on...

I had one done when I was being evaluated for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension, to check for clots in the legs, which after they form can travel to the lungs or other organs and cause major problems. Clots are often signalled by pain in the legs so it is an important thing to rule out in your case.

Good luck, and let us know how it goes....

Hugs, Lizzy