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Jim1969
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   Posted 4/27/2012 3:16 PM (GMT -6)   
Since the first of the year I have been having a lot of increased pain in my legs. At first I thought it was either the cold or worsening of my diabetic neuropathy.

Now that spring is here and it is a lot warmer and the pain is only getting worse I decided it was time to mention it to my doctor at my visit this past Weds.

After asking some questions and doing an exam she decided that I needed to have some tests done. So this morning I have a doppler and an ultrasound done on my legs.

The test was started a little after 10 am and I was done and back home by 1130 which included grabbing a salad for lunch on the way home. At 1pm I get a call from my doctor's office with the news. The tests show blockages in both legs. They are not showing any complete blockages but are indicating ones bad enough that they want me seen by an interventional radiologist as soon as possible.

So now I am waiting for someone to call me to set up an appointment.

Until the next level of tests are done we don't know what level of treatment is needed which could be medication, angio, stents or surgery or some combination.
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.
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tmjpain
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   Posted 4/27/2012 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to hear that Jim. At least you will get some answers for your increased pain.
Let us know how it all goes and when your appt is.

Suzane

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   Posted 4/27/2012 3:57 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh boy Jim,
At least you know the cause of your increased pain now. Any blockage of blood flow can be and is dangerous, so please be very , very careful and any shortness of breath or chest pain needs to be evaluated right away.
Sometimes, I think that we dismiss new or worsening symptoms when we just attribute things getting worse to our current conditions, we don't do ourselves any favors.
I hope that you hear from this other doctor right away and can begin getting this new condition treated as soon as possible.
Best wishes to you,
Sandi
Motorcycle accident 1992, Back problems from 92 to 2005. August 2005- early 2006- Chiropractor care
March 2006- consult with surgeon -PLIF/TLIF L4-5, spondylolysthesis, canal and foraminal stenosis, multiple herniations
Post Op Cauda Equina Syndrome
Revision August 2007- salvage op
March 2011- 2nd onset of Cauda Equina Syndrome
Needs surgery to prevent paralysis

Chartreux
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   Posted 4/27/2012 4:29 PM (GMT -6)   
Awe Jim, so very sorry to hear this, but hopefully they found it in time for treatments
Do keep us posted on this and many many Prayers...
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straydog
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   Posted 4/27/2012 5:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Jim glad you decided to speak to the dr about this, sometimes its real easy to chalk things up to other health conditions. Keep us posted on what you find out.

Take care......Susie
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Post Edited (straydog) : 4/28/2012 10:18:50 PM (GMT-6)


Snowbunny21
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   Posted 4/27/2012 5:48 PM (GMT -6)   
Glad they found this out!! Are they diagnosing you with PAD?

Hopefully it can be helped with lifestyle changes...(Hopefully you don't smoke)....and then meds/diet to help lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, lower blood sugar, and circulation (excercise)

Usually these are the first lines of treatment before any type of surgery.

Keep us posted on the next steps...
SB and "the pup who snores loudly" 
 
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(reabsorption of bone 2 years later...still lost in body..expect to burp it out at anytime..haha")) 
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Anterior and Posterior CDF, allograft bone with BMP, removal of old hardware, use of titanium plates, rods, screws, & kitchen sink (lol) Oct 2006
 
 

Lindaloo
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   Posted 4/27/2012 7:59 PM (GMT -6)   
Hey Jim,
 
I'm really sorry about this.  Make sure they get back to you asap.  Sitting around with this can be dangerous as Sandi mentioned.
 
Please keep us posted and I will say an extra prayer for you.
 
Blessings.
 
Lindaloo
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Believe in yourself. Be kind to fellow humans and animals. Take time to smell the flowers and the coffee.

And by all means, when you are down, ask me for help. I will be there.


Linda

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   Posted 4/27/2012 9:13 PM (GMT -6)   
Hi Jim I'm glad they found out what was causing the pain in your legs, but I'm sorry that you have the partial blockages. I hope they get right on this and do what they need to do. *hugs* Take care.

hugs
Loretta
Dx: osteoarthritis, bursitis in left hip, Osteoarthrits in right hip, compression fracture in thoracic spine due to falling on frozen ground March 2001 , ddd, spinal stenosis, bone spurs, osteoarthritis in spine, osteoarthritis in both knees
Meds: Fentanyl patch, oxycodone, otc: BenGay, Tylenol Arthritis on occasion

White Beard
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   Posted 4/27/2012 10:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Boy Jim it is always something isn't it??? This can be serious, so do take it easy and do what ever your doctor orders for you! It is important! I am glad they have found this, it can be treated and left untreated you could really have some problems later on down the road! I do wish you well and keep us informed on your progress!

Good Luck to you!

White Beard
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After spending nearly 22 1/2 years in the USAF, I retired in Sept, 1991. I then went back to school and became a licensed RN in 1994, and I worked on Oncology and then a Med Surg Unit, I became disabled in late 1999 and was approved SSD in early 2002!-- DDD, With herniated Disk at T-12 and L4-5. C5-C6 ACDF in Sep 2009, C6-C7 ACDF in Mar 1985, Osteoarthritis, Ulcerative colitis, Chronic Pain, Fibromyalgia, Complex Sleep Apnea, and host of other things to spice up my life!(NOT!) Medications:Oxycontin, Percocet, Baclofen, Sulfasalazine, Metoprolol, Folic Acid, Supplemental O2 at 3lpm with VPAP Adapt SV I am White Beard with a White Beard!

Jim1969
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   Posted 4/27/2012 11:08 PM (GMT -6)   
The doctor's office called me at 455 today with my appointment information.

They want me to go to the radiologist this next Tuesday. Of course that is the one day between now and mid August I absolutely can not make it.

Since they called me so late in the day it will be Monday morning before I can call to reschedule.
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.
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Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 4/28/2012 7:47 AM (GMT -6)   

 

    Morning Jim! wink

         I'm sorry to hear of your health issues getting worse....but am glad that you are keeping a good eye on your self and listening to your body. It can be difficult to do when we have multiple health issues. Your post is a good reminder to all that moderators suffer as well. We thank for your support as well! wink  

    I have a good friend down in Oklahoma with the same problem. Let us know what the plan is, and how it goes for you.

    Take care,

    SE wink


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"Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars. You have to let go at some point in order to move forward."

Post Edited (Screaming Eagle) : 4/28/2012 7:46:09 AM (GMT-6)


CRPSpatient
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   Posted 4/28/2012 8:21 PM (GMT -6)   
Sorry to hear your latest news Jim, but I'm glad they've found out what's causing the extra pain.

Hopefully it's not too long til you can get that appointment and know what your plan of action is.

Laura
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Betsey Ross
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   Posted 4/28/2012 8:51 PM (GMT -6)   
Jim, it is always something, isnt it? I am so sorry to hear that there are blockages in your legs, but glad you found out and that something can be done about them.

Thank you for replying to my posting when I went for a doppler of my swollen left leg. My groin lymph nodes are filled with fluid and no blockages in the leg but painful to pressure of the wand since I had knee surgury done 3-30-12

hang in there Jim and I will send prayers for you everyday.

Keep us updated please
Betsey
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Jim1969
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   Posted 4/30/2012 9:48 AM (GMT -6)   
Got the appointment rescheduled for next Monday morning.

Over the weekend my 6 year old son heard me and my wife talking about it and I ended up having to explain to him what is going on and what will happen next.

After listening to everything he proceeds to tell his Mom and I that we are to take him out of school when I have the test so he can be there to support and comfort me during any tests or procedures (he called it stuff) the doctors do just like I am there for him. He said I was more important than school.

If you knew how important school is to my kid you would better appreciate how special that statement is.
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.
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Lindaloo
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   Posted 4/30/2012 10:06 AM (GMT -6)   
awwwwwwwww bless his little heart.  what a wonderful grandson you have.  you are truly blessed.
 
God bless you all.
 
Lindaloo
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Believe in yourself. Be kind to fellow humans and animals. Take time to smell the flowers and the coffee.

And by all means, when you are down, ask me for help. I will be there.


Linda

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   Posted 4/30/2012 10:32 AM (GMT -6)   
Jim,

Your son sounds very compassionate and his love and care for you is obvious. It seems the two of you have a tight bond.

I hope your upcoming tests and all go well and you can get to the bottom as to what's going on... the best treatments.... etc.

Take good care --Tina
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mrsm123
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   Posted 4/30/2012 2:48 PM (GMT -6)   
I second everything that Tina said Jim.....best wishes to you, and hopefully you will get some answers and can get started on treatment right away . Can't they get you in before next Monday though? It seems that the office receptionist may not have remembered that the other doctor wanted you seen asap and that may be why the new appointment is not as soon as I would think it would be.
Good luck,
Sandi
Motorcycle accident 1992, Back problems from 92 to 2005. August 2005- early 2006- Chiropractor care
March 2006- consult with surgeon -PLIF/TLIF L4-5, spondylolysthesis, canal and foraminal stenosis, multiple herniations
Post Op Cauda Equina Syndrome
Revision August 2007- salvage op
March 2011- 2nd onset of Cauda Equina Syndrome
Needs surgery to prevent paralysis

Screaming Eagle
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   Posted 4/30/2012 4:09 PM (GMT -6)   
…Yep! when I read about your Son's comment….I was impressed…and really Jim!…he is a reflection of his parents. You and the wife are obviously wonderful parents!

You have every right to be proud,…. and not only of him, but of yourselves as well!

SE wink
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bsjaguar
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   Posted 5/1/2012 5:11 AM (GMT -6)   
Hope everything turns out ok for you, glad you went to the doctor when you did, alot of times we tend to blame new symptoms on our ongoing medical issues instead of listening to our bodies. Keep us informed when you have the radiology report!
---Jag---


DDD, osteoarthritis, facet syndrome, fusion surgeries C-5/7 & L-4/5 both in 2006, torn meniscus surgeries left knee 2000 & 2002, herniated disc at L-2/3 , fibromyalgia, polymyalgia rheumatica

Chartreux
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   Posted 5/1/2012 10:23 AM (GMT -6)   
Awe Jim, bless his little heart...little ones sure do help...
I was glad to hear you got your appointment rescheduled,
as that's so very important...Make sure you keep us posted
to as we also care so very much for you...
Many prayers and well wishes...
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* So many dx's I could write a book* "It would be nice if we could use the edit button in real life"...
********>^..^<********>^..^<*******

Jim1969
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   Posted 5/1/2012 11:07 AM (GMT -6)   
Sandi, they did have an opening for tomorrow (Weds) morning but that was not going to work for me either. One of my wife's instructors decided at the last minute to have student evaluations that day so this next Monday was the first available that she will be able to take me.

If I knew what this appointment was going to be for sure I might have been able to just drive myself, but even though I asked when I called to reschedule the receptionist did not have any information as to whether this was going to just be a consultation or if they were going to actually do the test on that day.

If they want to run that test and end up wanting to do an angioplasty and/or stent placement I really hope they just go ahead and do it on Monday. I really don't want to have to make an extra trip with gas prices the way they are.


Psst....Linaloo. That is my son. Not my grandson. Don't make me feel any older than I already do...LOL

And yes. My son does have a big caring heart and we do have a very close relationship. We should as I have been his primary caregiver since he was 6 weeks old.
2 confirmed herniated lumbar discs. Spinal Arthritis. Spinal Stenosis, diabetic peripheral nueropathy.
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