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Onlinedoc, General Physician
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Experience:  B.A.M.S with experience in Medicine,Ayurveda, Integrative, CAM
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I have had severe cramping and pain in my calves when I walk

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I have had severe cramping and pain in my calves when I walk more then 1000 feet for approximately. the last four years. I have triied drinking more water, potassium suppliments, Chiropractic care and massage therapy, nothing has worked, the condition continues to get worse. I am 46 and at 23 I was diagnosed with "small artery disease". is this a symptom of peripheral artery disease, deep vein thrombosis? what doctor or specialist should I be consulting for diagnosis and treatment?


Do you feel relief at rest?

Are you overweight?

Lower back pain?

Numbness,tingling sensation in legs?

Any visible skin discoloration,redness,swelling in calves?

Any investigations so far?

Cramps at night?

History of Diabetes,etc?

Alcohol and smoking intake?

What is your occupation?

History of prolonged hours of standing and sitting in same position?

Customer: replied 4 years ago.
at rest feet become ice cold required hot baths to get warm. no diabetes, 30 year pack a day smoker, 5'8", 175 slightly over weight, spider veins in ankles, protruding veins in calves, sporadic night cramps Charlie horse requiring ice, 20 years of alcohol abuse, last three years on my feet Eight to twelve hours a day as a line cook

Thanks for providing more information.

As per your description,you need to consult a Vascular specialist as your symptoms are suggestive of peripheral vascular disease,venous insufficiency

And you need to undergo Color doppler study of lower limbs, ankle brachial pressure index (ABPI),Magnetic Resonance Angiogram.

In my opinion,you should make an appointment ASAP.

Prolonged hours of standing,smoking histories are main contributing factors in your condition.




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