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I'm afraid I am getting claudication like my ancestors. How can I nip it in the bud?

I'm afraid I am getting claudication like my ancestors. How can I nip it in the bud?

DON'T SMOKE!!!!!!!!!!: The most important risk factor for claudication is smoking. Control you cholesterol, blood pressure and diabetes (if you have diabetes).
Exercise by walking at least 20-30 minutes at least four times weekly. If you can take one Aspirin daily. But most importantly....Stop smoking now! ...Read more

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What is claudication?

What is claudication?

Jaw claudication: It's a symptom in of the giant cell arteritis. It's.A gradual feeling of discomfort, weakness and tension after use, may occur in the muscles of mastication (jaw claudication) and occasionally in tongue muscles. Some patients complain of masticatory muscle pain after prolonged chewing or eating meat and the dentist may be the first to evaluate a patient with giant cell arteritis. ...Read more

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Can you explain claudication?

Can you explain claudication?

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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What is a claudication symptom?

What is a claudication symptom?

Leg Pain: Claudication from the latin "claudus, " or "to limp, " refers to a symptom of peripheral arterial disease (pad) which generally is described as a cramp or a tightness, most commonly of the calf muscles, with walking the same distance everytime. See a vascular surgeon who can further test for pad and discuss with you treatment options. ...Read more

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What are the tests for claudication?

Check blood pressure: Some common tests used to diagnose claudication include:
checking the pulses in your feet
ankle-brachial index to compare the blood pressure in your ankles to the blood pressure in your arms
doppler ultrasound, which monitors blood flow in the area affected
magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (ct) angiography to show damage to blood vessels. ...Read more

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What are some signs of claudication?

Varies: Claudication is leg pain with walking, and is a symptom (what you experience). A sign is something a doctor or assistant can find on examining you. If claudication come from spinal stenosis, there may be few signs, but maybe loss of muscle bulk or strength, altered sensation & reflexes, back stiffness or deformity. Vascular claudication (poor circulation) can have poor pulses, hair loss, atrophy. ...Read more

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What sort of disease is claudication?

What sort of disease is claudication?

Vascular disease: Claudication refers to pain on activity, usually pain in the leg on walking. It is due to narrowing of arteries, usually due to atherosclerosis. It may also be referred to as peripheral vascular disease and has a high degree of association with heart attacks and strokes. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of claudication?

Calf pain: Exercise and walking induced calf and thigh pain relieved by rest is claudication. ...Read more

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How can I effectively treat claudication?

How can I effectively treat claudication?

Walking program: Over a period of several months try walking for 30-45 minutes every day. When pain hits, stop, wait until it goes away, and walk some more. Continue this for at least the 30-45 minutes. Over a period of several months many patients can increase their walking distance 3 times or more. While medication can be tried, most meds tried for claudication have provided minimal to no help. ...Read more

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What is the meaning of pseudo claudication?

What is the meaning of pseudo claudication?

See below: Painful leg cramps that are not caused by peripheral artery disease (true claudication) but rather by spinal, neurologic, or orthopedic disorders, such as spinal stenosis, diabetic neuropathy, or arthritis. ...Read more

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What does it mean to suffer from claudication?

What does it mean to suffer from claudication?

Claudication: Claudication is leg (usually calf) pain brought on with exertion due to reduced arterial blood flow. ...Read more

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How serious is it or can it be (claudication)?

It varies: Claudication is leg pain with walking. It can come from blocked arteries (vascular claudication). If the block is severe, the health of the leg can be compromised. Neurogenic claudication comes from narrowed space for the nerves in the low back. If that tightness (stenosis) is severe, nerve function can be permanently damaged. Milder cases of both types of claudication may not threaten tissues. ...Read more

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I want to know my options for treating claudication?

Stop smoking: Often a disease of vessel narrowing from smoking related illness, key is to stop smoking, get more exercise, and confer with your doctor. ...Read more

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How will claudication be treated, and will I be able to exercise again?

How will claudication be treated, and will I be able to exercise again?

Depend: If it is intermittent or vascular, treatment is aimed to improving circulation (stop smoking, exercise, some medication, sometimes surgery). If it is neurogenic (spinal), therapy, perhaps medication, injections, & surgery can work. Treatment of either type may increase the ability of exercise. ...Read more

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Went to lunch with my family. Noticed things that were worrisome. What are the symptoms of claudication and who can get it?

Went to lunch with my family. Noticed things that were worrisome. What are the symptoms of claudication and who can get it?

Leg pain: When the muscles exercise and there is not enough blood flow the muscles will secrete lactic acid. This causes pain. The pain usually goes away at rest. This is known as claudication. Walking is most often effected by this. People that have risk factors for PVD are likely to have claudication. ...Read more

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I have a very good health food store with a knowledgeable owner. If she suggests a certain root or herb, can I use it safely for claudication?

Which herb or root: Don't know. If you are recommended a certain herb or root make sure first it does not harm or interact with any of your medications before you try. ...Read more

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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

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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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Please help! What is the cure for claudication?

Please help! What is the cure for claudication?

There are several: The cure for claudication is to get more blood to the legs. This can be accomplished in several ways -- surgically, endovascularly, or "conservatively" (a supervised exercise regimen).

For simple claudication, the data would tell you that all of the treatments have the same quality of life at 6 months -- the decision of how to proceed is one you need to make with your vascular surgeon. ...Read more

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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?

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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Can docs explain what does pseudo claudication mean?

Can docs explain what does pseudo claudication mean?

Usually nerve: Aching in legs with activity or often just when standing. Mimics vascular disease, but, is not necessarily associated with exercise and often neurologic and often related to spine issues. ...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