Posted 3/20/2015 2:49 PM (GMT -6)
Hello everyone and thank you for any help and advice you can provide me. I am not new to this forum but have not been here for a while. I hope everyone is doing OK! I am 35 years old and have been having leg pains lately. I am in very good physical shape, work out very intensively 6 times a week. I started to have right leg pain about a month ago. I came back from NY and my legs felt tired after 3 hour flight. I had a soccer game the next day and after that my legs were hurting more. Pain is mostly in my calf but also buttock and it seems to be going down back of my leg. Pain is also in left leg but not as bad. My calves feel tight. I play soccer so it's possible that I did something but I went ahead and saw my doctor. She ordered ultrasound to check for blood clots and it came back normal. She then ordered arterial ultrasound and called me yesterday and said ABI came back abnormal. My right one is 0.93 and the left one is 0.89. She sent me to vascular surgeon for further evaluation and I will make an appointment for next week. I have been reading about PAD since I got the results and it worries me of course but I am trying to stay positive and not obsess about it until I see him. From reading the symptoms, something tells me I may not have PAD because my leg pain comes and goes, is somewhat relieved after back stretching (I have sciatica issues) and also it away when I play soccer but comes back afterwards. Also, I had a question about the ankle brachial indexes test as I question the way it was done. From what I read, they are suppose to take blood pressure reading from both arms and then legs and calculate and those should be takes as I lie down on the table or bed. Well, when I got there for my test, the lady took my blood pressure of my left arm as I was getting still taking of my shirt, did not take my blood pressure from my right arm at all. Then she told me to lie down and did the leg test. It was the end of the day and I felt like she rushed through it, so it is possible she didn't do the test correctly? I will go see the surgeon but wanted to see what your opinion on this was and do my symptom sound like those with PAD? My blood pressure is usually around 115/75 and resting heart rate is around 55-60. Thank you for any help.