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please tell me if it is possible to have intermittent claudication?

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Dr. Qamar Khan
Pain Management 17 years experience
Pain in Legs: Intermittent claudication refers to impairment in walking, or pain, discomfort or tiredness in the legs that occurs during walking and is relieved by rest. There are 2 types of claudication, 1) vascular claudication usually caused by lack of blood supply to the affected limbs. Secondly, there is 2) neurogenic claudication caused by nerve root compression or stenosis of the spinal canal.

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A 47-year-old member asked:

I've just been told I have intermittent claudication, should I be concerned?

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Dr. Michael Korona
Interventional Radiology 33 years experience
Yes: Time to change. Need to exercise, eat right, quit smoking. Control hypertension and cholesterol. Develope treatment plan with your doctor.
A 28-year-old member asked:

Treatment options for intermittent claudication? Thanks!

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Dr. Edward Hoffer
Cardiology 52 years experience
Walk!: If symptoms are severe or you are in danger of amputation, re-vascularization by surgery or angioplasty is needed. For most, you need to reduce your risk factors: stop smoking, lower cholesterol and treat high blood pressure. Medications specific to claudication are not very useful. Most useful is to maintain a walking program, which helps form new blood vessels.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What are the tests for intermittent claudication?

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Dr. Khashayar Salartash
Vascular Surgery 29 years experience
ABI/PVR: The easiest test is an ankle brachial index which is a comparison between the arm pressure and the calf or ankle pressure. Values in the range of 0.9-1.0 are usually normal. Patients that claudicate usually have values less than that. Please see a vascular specialist.
A 46-year-old member asked:

What are the symptoms of intermittent claudication?

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Dr. Khashayar Salartash
Vascular Surgery 29 years experience
Pain in leg: When a muscle group does not receive enough blood flow and oxygen due to a blockage in the circulation, that muscle group will release Lactic Acid which is the cause of the pain. Rest will stop the pain and resuming physical activity will recreate the pain in a very consistent fashion.
A 41-year-old member asked:

Intermittent claudication and how is it treated?

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Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
Pain Management 39 years experience
Depends on cause: There are two types one is neurogenic and the other vascular. Treatments are very different. Firstly the cause needs to be confirmed. Secondly both produce pain with walking (the latter may have pain even at rest and this is not a good sign). So i would suggest see your pmd and get a work-up.

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