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What is intermittent claudication?

What is intermittent claudication?

Leg pain: It is leg pain that occurs with walking, and relieved by rest. It is intermittent in that rest alleviates the discomfort. If is due to poor circulation to the leg muscles. This distinguishes intermittent claudication from neurogenic claudication (from narrowing around the nerves in the low back, that is stenosis). ...Read more

Dr. Andres Katz
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Intermittent Claudication (Definition)

Claudication is pain in the legs. Intermittent is not constant. It usually occurs after walking short distances. Walk = pain. Rest and the pain goes away. Walk and the pain returns. This indicates a blockage of the blood flow into the legs so when you need more blood / oxygen with walking or activity, you don't get it because of the ...Read more


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What does intermittent claudication mean?

What does intermittent claudication mean?

PVD: Intermittent claudication is a term used in peripheral vascular disease to describe reproducible lower extremity muscular pain induced by exercise, usually after a specific distance of walking, and relieved by rest. Studies have shown that most people with this do not tell their doctors as they assume it is a normal consequence of aging. It is not, however. ...Read more

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What does intermittent claudication mean?

What does intermittent claudication mean?

Leg muscle pain: Claudication, derived from a latin word that means "to limp, " is characterized by pain in the leg muscles. It is caused by blockages in leg arteries depriving the blood supply needed for activities like walking. Resting, or stopping, relieves the pain because less oxygen is needed at rest. "intermittent" refers to the timing of pain: "it hurts upon walking but gone upon stopping, like clockwork.". ...Read more

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Might someone have intermittent claudication?

PAD: Intermittent claudication is calf pain that comes on when you walk. Many people have it. Ask your doctor to check you pulses. ...Read more

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How would you treat intermittent claudication?

Leg Pain: See a Vascular Surgeon to have your circulation checked. After a full vascular workup, your Specialist can determine the severity of your disease and how best to address or correct it. Your overall vascular health should be evaluated to determine the most appropriate treatment. Managing your risk factors are also important. ...Read more

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Intermittent claudication and how is it treated?

Intermittent claudication and how is it treated?

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. ...Read more

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What are the tests for intermittent claudication?

What are the tests for intermittent claudication?

Vascular lab: Claudication has very low risk of amputation less than 0.5% so sometimes physical exam is enough. But if it became severe and require intervention then non-invasive vascular tests including duplex ultrasound, ankle brachial index and pulse volume recording are the best to start with. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of intermittent claudication?

What are the symptoms of intermittent claudication?

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. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is intermittent claudication?

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. ...Read more

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Could you explain what is an intermittent claudication?

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. ...Read more

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What is intermittent claudication, and what can reverse it?

What is intermittent claudication, and what can reverse it?

Leg pain: It is leg pain that occurs with walking, and relieved by rest. It is intermittent in that rest alleviates the discomfort. If is due to poor circulation to the leg muscles. This distinguishes intermittent claudication from neurogenic claudication (from narrowing around the nerves in the low back, that is stenosis). ...Read more

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How to cure intermittent claudication and get active again?

How to cure intermittent claudication and get active again?

Depends....: There are basically 2 types of claudication: one from compression of your spinal cord and the other from lack of blood flow.

The former generally causes pain in the legs when standing and doesn't go away with rest. It requires a physician evaluation.

The latter is best treated with exercise. Of concern is the existence of heart disease and risk of stroke in this case - see your doctor! ...Read more

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How do you get exercise if you have intermittent claudication?

The marathon runner: The marathon runner can actually get pain that is very similar to claudication, but it takes him a very long time to get it. After miles of running, if he pushes himself, his calves will burn/hurt. But by pushing himself more and more, he will be able to run further and further without pain. The same is true for people with claudication. Keep pushing forward, and your body will improve! ...Read more

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

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

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. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Intermittent claudication?

Pain in the leg (s): Claudication is pain in the legs. Intermittent is not constant. It usually occurs after walking short distances. Walk = pain. Rest and the pain goes away. Walk and the pain returns. This indicates a blockage of the blood flow into the legs so when you need more blood / oxygen with walking or activity, you don't get it because of the blockage, hence the pain ...Read more

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

Yes: Time to change. Need to exercise, eat right, quit smoking. Control hypertension and cholesterol. Develope treatment plan with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is 16 too young for intermittent claudication because the symptoms fit but isn't she too young?

Is 16 too young for intermittent claudication because the symptoms fit but isn't she too young?

Usually: But there are arterial anomalies, obstructive cysts, and entrapments that are known and need diagnosis and treatment.

The military has identified a number of these in training camp for young persons. ...Read more

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Treatment options for intermittent claudication? Thanks!

Treatment options for intermittent claudication? Thanks!

Many: Intermittent claudication is due to deficient circulation in the legs and hurts because the muscles are starving for oxygen. If you smoke, quitting can immediately provide relief. A drug called Pletal (cilostazol) is helpful for some. Restoring circulation by either using a balloon and stent or operation is the last option but often highly beneficial. ...Read more

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Intermittent claudication is a condition in which what happens when walking or can be just sitting around?

Intermittent claudication is a condition in which what happens when walking or can be just sitting around?

Usually walking: Claudication means leg pain with walking. Spinal (neurogenic) claudication comes from narrowing (stenosis) in the low back spaces for the nerves to and from the legs. The same pain, numbness, tingling, weakness, heaviness that occurs with walking will comes happen with standing. Sitting flexes the spine, making nerve channels larger, so the person usually feels better sitting. ...Read more

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Intermittent claudication as a new symptom means your artery disease is worsening everywhere?

Intermittent claudication as a new symptom means your artery disease is worsening everywhere?

It can.: Individuals with claudication frequently have disease in other vascular territories (carotid, coronary artery disease). Treatment of risk factors and prompt diagnosis is essential. See your doctor ...Read more

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Anyone know if DVT and intermittent claudication are related?

Anyone know if DVT and intermittent claudication are related?

DVT vs ischemia: Dvt is formation of clot in veins, which are responsible for returning blood back to the heart. Claudication is pain associated with decreased blood flow to tissue, arising commonly from narrowing of the small arteries that deliver blood/oxygen from the heart. Both are related to blood vessels, one being a vein the other being an artery. ...Read more

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Is IV chelation therapy effective for intermittent claudication?

Yes: Probably the best-studied use of edta chelation therapy has been for intermittent claudication (peripheral vascular disease). Contact the american college for advancement in medicine (www. Acam. Org) for clinical studies and names of physicians in your area who provide this treatment. Chelation therapy improves blood flow throughout the body, and benefits a wide range of ischemic conditions. ...Read more

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How to treat intermittent claudication of both legs?

How to treat intermittent claudication of both legs?

Stop smoking: And also see a vascular specialist to get duplex ultrasound scan of leg. Your physician can advise you regarding further work up such as ct scan or angiogram.
Staying active and walking helps by building collateral vessels, so scheduled exercise helps.
Pletal taken twice daily has been shown to help certain percentage of individuals. ...Read more

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Does anybody know anything about DVT and intermittent claudication?

Very different.: Dvt is deep venous thrombophlebitis and is a result of a clot in the deep veins. It is treated by blood thinners. Dvt could lead to venous claudication (pain brought on by walking and relieved by resting) but this is not a common occurrence. Arterial narrowing (stenosis) or blockages (occlusions) are the most common causes of claudication. You should see a vein specialist or vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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Is restless leg syndrome the same condition as intermittent claudication?

Is restless leg syndrome the same condition as intermittent claudication?

No: Restless leg is an uncomfortable sensation in the legs, usually at rest; no exact cause is known although certain conditions are associated or increase risk. Intermittent claudication is discomfort or pain usually brought on by activity and relieved by rest; most commonly due to poor arterial blood flow (peripheral vascular disease). ...Read more

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How do physicians treat intermittent claudication of both legs?

Exercise: The best treatment for intermittent claudication is a supervised daily exercise program. This typically involves 30 minutes of daily walking. It has been proven that this alone will increase people's distance walked / endurance. In addition best medical management involves a daily Aspirin and a statin to lower the LDL cholesterol to levels < 100. No surgery unless symptoms are disabling. ...Read more

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Besides intermittent claudication what else can cause calf muscle pain?

Besides intermittent claudication what else can cause calf muscle pain?

Many: Calf muscle pain can be caused by many different conditions besides claudication. To name an additional few: pinched nerve coming from the spine, muscle strain, nocturnal leg cramps, dehydration, electrolyte imbalance, blood clot. And others. Discuss with your md to evaluate further. ...Read more

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Should you wear commercial (or non) compression socks/stockings to alleviate intermittent claudication in lower legs when running? Help or hurt? Progressed to running with less pain-but pace is slow.

Claudication: If you're able to run with PVD you're doing pretty durn well. Compression stockings are used for venous disease not arterial disease. They could actually give you a problem with exercise unless you also have venous disease. ...Read more