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Toe, ankle and leg problems.

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  • Posted By: applesauce
  • September 4, 2009
  • 06:51 AM

For the past few months I have been experiencing multiple problems with my legs ankles and feet.
One day I noticed my ankles and feet were swelling, got freaked out and went to the ER. They did blood tests ekg and ultrasounded my limbs, they found nothing. All they could say is get some compression stockings.
After a month and waiting for my stocking to come in from special order I finally got them, open toe knee high medium compression stockings. My swelling went away but a rash on my foot and some toe pain developed.

I finally saved up enough money to get a PCP (i am unisured and laid off). Went to see him and he said it was my weight, I am overweight and to wear the stocking and elevate my feet at night. He also put me on a water pill called aldactone. The pill worked fine except for about a week into taking it I got heart palpitations. I should add I have a resting HR of about 105, very bad I know. It doesn't help that I smoke. ANyway i got another appointment he did and ekg and bloodtest. I tried explaining to him the pain and pressure I was feeling in my toes and a black spot underneath one of the nails. And the pain I was feeling in my feet ankle and calves. But he said it would go away once the swelling was maintained. He also told me that I needed to get my heart rate in check but stopping smoking and exercise ASAP. Both of which I am working on. He informed me that he couldn't put me on any medicine to slow my heart because my blood pressure borders on low, usually 105/65.

I guess I am here to try and get help, i am uninsured laid off getting miserable unemployment and most clinics have a 6 week wait for new patients. And I really feel like my doctor just rushes me out, and cuts me off when I try and explain something. The pain in my toes usually only hurts a few days but both big toes are red and swollen atm, one with a black spot under the nails. The skin on the foot with the rash is oddly shiny like it has liquid on it.
I am scared and at a loss of what to do, most ERS around here won't do much for you unless it's a broken bones and some other very obvious ailment.
Also, I am 26 years old and a female.
Ty for reading this, sorry it's so long.

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