Bad circulation or figment of my imagination? Please read.

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   Posted 3/17/2009 1:19 AM (GMT -6)   
Alright so a few weeks ago I had to take my mom to the ER, she has really bad back problems, anyway, while the doctors were fixin her up, my right foot started going numb. I ignored it and thought it was just how I was sitting. When it wouldn't go away I took my shoe off to massage it, try and get some feeling back in it. That's when I noticed that my foot was swollen, dark red and my toenail beds were purple. I took my other shoe off and my left foot was completely fine. I decided to admit myself.

Needless to say the Doc doesn't think it's a blood clot, he also doesn't think it's circulation. He thinks I strained my foot at work (I wear heels every night). I started to put 2 and 2 together, I usually have Dr Scholls foot inserts in my heels, but my right one fell out, so I've only been using the left. The previous Saturday night I couldn't wear my heels at work b/c the bottom of my right foot hurt so bad, even in flats it'd off and on hurt for a minute, I'd have to walk on the side of my foot, then it went away.
And as soon as I elevated my foot, it went back to regular size, turned back to it's regular color and was okay again.
Of course this terrified me, put me in an anxious frenzy and I've been semi checking on my foot ever since (which until now, has never had any other problems since I stopped wearing my heels).

Fast forward a few weeks later...Tonight while I was laying down I noticed more slight numbness in my right big toe, which isn't all that unusual since my troubles with heels. Though, like I said, I stopped wearing the heels since the ER. I also realized my right foot was warm and my left was cold, so I turned on the light, staying calm just to check things out. It's not as bad as it was the night at the ER, but (to me) it does look like there is slight discoloration yet again. But mostly just in my right big toe. I'm at a loss for words. I tried google-ing symptoms (I know, bad me!) yet I was unable to come up with anything similar. The only thing I can think of is bad circulation. I know the doctor said that's not what he thought it was, but I think that ER doctor is incompetent. I went to that ER one night with an anxiety attack and he diagnosed me with asthma and gave me inhalers and steroids which threw my anxiety into the worst it's ever been. It was so bad I had to abruptly stop the steriods even though you're supposed to taper down, (was approved by the pharmacist).

I don't have any insurance and I don't have money for the doctor, so I don't want to go throwing away the little money I do have if it turns out me just being me again. Has anyone heard of this? Any ideas?
I mean I'm 21, not over weight, I smoke a pack of cigs a day since I was about 15 or so, I don't really drink, my eating habits
are horrible, but still I'm pretty young! Also, when I'm serving I'm basically running around for 5 hours so that's a lot of exercise (to me anyway). Any advice would be appreciated!

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   Posted 3/17/2009 10:24 AM (GMT -6)   

Good Morning,

If you think you have a circulation problem I would like to suggest you make an appointment at your clinic as doing a test such as a doppler study may be called for.  It does sound unusual for your age to have bad circulation but it really is best to see a physician for a dx.

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   Posted 3/17/2009 10:55 AM (GMT -6)   
I agree
I have had the doppler done and I do have some issues with my circulation in legs feet
My feet as the day goes on swell badly and they will literally burn
I also have been told this has to perhaps do with my fibro

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   Posted 3/18/2009 1:49 AM (GMT -6)   
I've decided to stop eating fast food. Though I am small, that doesn't really tell you anything. I've been eating fast food once or twice a day b/c of my weird working hours. It's been a few days since I decided this. I think I may be addicted to fast food, lol!

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   Posted 3/18/2009 2:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Maybe you could try calling a podiatrist to see if they think it might be a serious problem. If they do, you could find out how much an appointment would run, whether they would be willing to reduce their standard rate & if they could put you on a payment plan.

I had similar issues, but it turned out to be no big deal. I had a severely sprained ankle & a couple hairline fractures that had not healed properly & I don't know what all was causing what, but she said my circulation was definitely fine that it was a nerve that was inflamed or pinched or something. The podiatrist gave me a cortisol shot, taped my foot & sent me on my way. She had me come back a few days later to re-tape it (no extra charge) and by then I was mostly okay. At first, I couldn't afford to buy prescription orthotics, but she participated in a recycling program so was able to get ones that were pretty close to help me out. Now I have my own pair that are just perfect for me.

The whole visit from start to finish including the shot ran me $68 & the donated orthotics were free. I don't know whether you might be able to work something similar out or whether or not you have something more serious, but maybe it's worth a shot. Since you're not overweight, I'm not really sure how cutting out the McDonald's would help unless you're using that money to save up for medical treatment. Probably cutting out smoking would make a bigger difference.

good luck & feel better,
frances :)
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