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intermittent claudication, numb cold oedematous foot

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  • Posted By: newshawk
  • April 22, 2008
  • 00:41 PM

My mother is 79 years old and suffers from a steadily more evident problem with her mobility. The distance she can walk without rest has decreased dramatically over the last 3 years and she can now manage no more than 200 meters on the flat, much less uphill.

Her symptoms are these:

1) Her calves feel "choked up" and leaden after comparatively slight exertion and require rest of equivalent duration to the exertion.

2) She has intermittent peripheral oedema, bilaterally but affecting the right ankle and foot more than the left.

3) She has intermittent coldness, numbness and pins and needles, again more usually on the right but potentially on either foot.

4) She had both hips replaced 18 years ago but recent exams and x-rays show no OA in either knee, no instability with either hip prosthesis and only very mild OA changes in her lumbar spine.

5) Her TPR and BP are all at the low end of normal range and apparently a recent full blood picture was also normal.

Her father also suffered from intermittent claudication in his 70s and was found dead in his bed aged 80, with no prior illness. I think she fears embolism/ aneurysm more than anything but resents lost mobility too.

Any thoughts?

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