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Bad Leg Circulation
I believe I've had bad circulation in legs and feet since I was a child, would developing diabetes on top of that make amputation likely?
Definite risk factor: Diabetes is a definite risk factor for peripheral vascular disease, so there's no question that your lifetime risk for amputation will go up, with diabetes. As for whether it's "likely" or not, I'm not sure. Definitely depends on your overall health and your diabetes care. ...Read more
Is there any medicine to increase circulation in the lower legs.Cousin has diabetes and his left leg has bad circulation as per doppler test done.help?
Pletal (cilostazol): Is a medicine known to increase lower extremity circulation and symptoms of claudication. There is an additional benefit of cardiac rehabilitation.... Monitored treadmill exercise program has been shown to increase distance before onset of claudication sxs. And also important that your cousins diabetes be optimally controlled. ...Read more
Calf pain w/ walking: Peripheral vascular disease (PVD) usually presents with pain or cramping in the calf muscles of the legs when you walk for a distance, usually worse if walking uphill, that goes away when you stop. Other signs would be slowly healing wounds of the legs or feet, like several months. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
How long would it take, with bad blood circulation, before irreversable damage to the leg happens / is done?
Bad LE circulation: Poor leg/foot circulation is caused by a combination of things like: your inherited genes, lifestyle choices like poor dietary habits, cigarette smoking, associated conditions like diabetes and high blood pressure. No single thing causes it, but rather the combination of many factors such as some of those listed above. ...Read more
Depends on the cause: "bad circulation" can mean a problem with the arteries or the veins. Some people just use that term to mean their feet get cold all the time. Smoking and diabetes are two common causes of circulation trouble. You should see your doctor to find out which kind of problem, if any, you might have. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Circulation: Purplish skin color, although disturbing in appearance, may not necessarily signify compromise circulation. If you have pulse present in your feet ( either on the front or the back), chances are your circulation is not that bad. If you do indeed have compromised circulation, looking for and treating the underlying cause would be the mainstay of a successful treatment. ...Read more
Dad got color doppler.Result: right leg is 6 to 7 on 10 & left leg is 3 to 4 on 10.The technician said circulation is bad on left.Now what to be done!
Depends on symptoms: If he is having pain in his left foot at rest or at night or an ulcer he may need a procedure. This could be either an angioplasty or a surgical bypass. Go to someone who can do both and will make the choice based on the situation and not what they can do - that is usually a vascular surgeon. Right leg should be all right ...Read more
Iv used oxynormn&lyrica 8/12.after surgery dose reduced, 20&200mg pd.ive noticed if I ever have a couple of drinks my circulation in legs gets bad.why?
Please repeat query: Please repeat your question without abbreviations. I'm not certain I understand all your abbreviations. I'm afraid I don't understand your question, and would not want to give you the wrong answer. ...Read more
What bad circulation: If your meaning of bad circulation is poor venous return (blood returning to the heart), then by all means, compression socks and elevated legs are great. If, however, you mean poor arterial flow, or bad pulse pressure (blood leaving the heart), The compression socks are a bad choice. They act as a weak tourniquet and along with elevating the legs, could aggravate existing vascular disease. ...Read more
Time to relief: Most vascular problems cramp with duration of walking and respond over 2-5 minutes to rest. "neurogenic claudication" or pinched nerves from back arthritis come on more slowly, take longer to respond (try sitting) and feel better if you lean on a shopping cart, etc. Nerve pain from disc usually worse with sitting, and better standing up. However, these are not hard rules. Get it looked at! ...Read more
I was diagnosed with cellulitis bad circulation in my legs is there some kind of treatment for this?
Yes for both: Cellulitis is skin infection and is treated with antibiotics-- typically you need to have an adequate blood supply in order for the antibiotics to reach the site of infection though. If your blood supply is poor, you would need further studies to identify why and where exactly the problem is, such as angiogram, ct or mri, and then there are many options to improve it with stents, bypass etc ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
I have recently been experiencing really cold legs and feet, even when I have socks and slippers on. Could this be bad circulation? What can I do?
May be not: Seems to be just simple cold temp issue. Please check with your pcp to rule out any circulatory problem. ...Read more
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