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  • Posted By: Kimba47
  • November 21, 2008
  • 10:12 PM

I switched jobs a couple of months ago because I have been having problems with leg pain. I am about 70 lbs. overweight and due to some problems with my left foot I have always had swelling in my left ankle after being on my feet too much. My legs started to get better after I took the desk job-very little pain. Well, 2 weeks ago I quit smoking after 32 years. I thought I would tackle this, and then the weight problem. Long story short-I feel much worse now than before I quit. I had a cold when I quit so it took about 3 days for that to clear up. I coughed a lot at night for the first few days and now that is almost gone, although I still cough up gunk as my lungs continue to try to clear. My breathing is definitely better, but since I quit smoking my chest feels heavy all the time and sometimes there's a "hitch" in my breath at the back of my throat, which makes me have to take a deep breath. I also have itchy eyes and sinus issues since I quit. Sometimes my heart feels like its pounding at night and I cannot sleep. I have also been urinating much more than usual for the last week or so, and my left ankle is swollen almost every day with fluid. I don't have much money and no insurance, but I will go to the doctor if I feel I have too. One person I talked to said they felt like crap for six months after they quit smoking. I wondered if anyone out there every had any of these problems when they quit smoking, or if maybe I have a deficiency of some sort that suppliments can help with. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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  • Sorry I can not help you with your smoking problem, except saying "don't give up!", but I might give you a piece of advise on your swollen left ankle. There is a condition called May-Thurner syndrome. It is when the right iliac artery compresses the left iliac vein against the spine. This causes the blood to congest in the left leg because it can not normally pass the compression on its way back to the heart. It dos not necessarily results in the pain at the compression site (if it does it gives a lower back pain); most often it causes pain or swelling or both in the left leg. If you have a compression like this, after a while your circulatory system is trying to develop alternative veins. They are called collateral veins. Most often there are transpelvis collaterals (horizontal ones from left to right in pelvis), but some patients can develop them near the spine or even inside it. Then it can give pressure on nerves and give numbness and tingling sensation in legs. Another typical symptom is ambulating pain, the pain moves around depending on where the pressure is high at the moment. This condition is vastly underdiagnosed. It is impossible to discover with ultrasound and even difficult to discover with venography (phlebography). The only certain way to discover it is by means of intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) where the probe is inside the vein. The best research has been done by Neglén and Raju in Jackson, Miss. The treatment is to put a stent inside the vein at the site of the compression. The typical patient is a young – middle-aged woman, previously healthy where the doctors have not found other explanation for the symptoms. If left untreated, there is a big risk of thrombosis either at the compression site in the left common iliac vein or in the left leg. There is also risk for leg ulcers. Could this possibly help? The best of luck! :)
    Felsen 510 Replies
    • November 22, 2008
    • 06:00 PM
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  • You may be having vastu dosha i.e. astrologically go through all that and forward in this field.
    mehtaanil2001 5 Replies
    • November 25, 2008
    • 06:41 AM
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