What Is Peripheral Artery Disease and What Causes It?

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I have Server pain in the back of both legs and my buttocks no matter what I do it doesn't get any better I've had it now for 5 months and I can't take the pain anymore what so you think it is? It hurts so BAD !!! Please Help
Does the pain increase when you bend over? You should reduce the bending action and lie down prostrate as much as possible. It most likely is the inflammation of the joint or muscles. If the pain is still not relieved, it is recommended that you go see your doctor.
It is recommended that you go to the hospital for treatment. You need to do some tests to make a clear diagnosis, and the painkillers are prescription drugs that you have no available to buy at the pharmacy.
Is it possible you may have sciatica?  This sounds like what I had once.
Are you a diabetic?
It’s Sciatica
Can this be cured with medicine, or is surgery required
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) is an abnormal narrowing of arteries other than those that supply the heart or brain. When narrowing occurs in the heart, it is called coronary artery disease, and in the brain, it is called cerebrovascular disease. Peripheral artery disease most commonly affects the legs, but other arteries may also be involved. The classic symptom is leg pain when walking which resolves with rest, known as intermittent claudication. Other symptoms include skin ulcers, bluish skin, cold skin, or abnormal nail and hair growth in the affected leg. Complications may include an infection or tissue death which may require amputation; coronary artery disease, or stroke. Up to 50% of people with PAD do not have symptoms.

The greatest risk factor for PAD is cigarette smoking.
Management of diabetes
Management of hypertension
Management of high cholesterol, and antiplatelet drugs such as aspirin and clopidogrel. Statins reduce clot formation and cholesterol levels, respectively, can help with disease progression, and address the other cardiovascular risks that the affected person is likely to have.
Thrombolysis and thrombectomy are used in cases of arterial thrombosis or embolism.
Medication is used to relieve the symptoms, and slow down the progression. You can help yourself by eating healthy foods, and doing more physical exercises. When the condition of narrowed artery relieves you may feel no symptoms any longer.
I Have severe PAD. 65 years OLD. Last graph surgery developed a seroma. Surgeon now says I need an amputation. Should I get a 2nd opinion? Significant rest pain.
I think you should get a second opinion. I think your doctor sugguest amputation for your significant rest pain and can't be released by other methods.
This problem goes back to my grate grandma, it affected both of their children and three out of five of their grandchildren, is genetics involved or what?
Hello Chris. About this topic, whether family history of PAD is a risk factor of PAD, there's no clear conclusion. But some researches suggest that shared environment is a risk factor to PAD in family members. That means, in order to prevent PAD, you might go through the family routines and identify the risk factors to PAD, and change your lifestyle accordingly.
Can this also cause your feet to swell I just had my stroke may 24th an I noticed recently my right leg cramps a lot even when I'm resting but my foot keeps swelling an I worry a lot some had stroke
Hello. The swollen feet can be associated with the reduced physical activity after a stroke. Yet physical activity is good for recovery of stroke and prevention from another stroke. I'd suggest that you start to take physical exercise every day, at the level to your tolerance.
Hello I'm a type 1 diabetic and my legs do exactly what this disease causes. Very painful cramping in legs as well as hands. Even the thinning of the skin getting sores on nu legs for no reason no injuries just cuts very easily don't get it. However, after calling my sister in tears from the pain she revealed that it had happened to her two days prior. My brother is also a type 1 diabetic age 37, I'm 41 African American male suffering from high blood pressure, swollen heart, bad bad cholesterol, vitamin D deficiency, but down to the thin skin and also kidneys failing and diabetes in poor control. Detached retina so I thought the leg thing was just a result of one or some of those things. After hearing it happens to her she revealed my younger sister and my mom it has happened to her since I was a kid I would help her run them out but now I understand her pain from back then as well. So that makes all 5 of us is there any genetic reason we are all experiencing the same thing. And it's a very unbearable pain fo
Hello Nick. It can be tough to fight with a genetic problem. What you and your family members have are chronic disease, you can always help yourself by controlling the blood sugar, managing the blood pressure, and take anti-atherosclerosis treatment. Based on what your described, the first thing is to take diabetes prescription strictly as your doctor asks, to lower the blood sugar level back to the normal range. You'll also need to take good care of the sores to prevent infection. You should take blood pressure medication as well to maintain your blood pressure within the normal range. The third thing is to make a list of foods to stay away from(diabetes and high blood pressure), and stick to the diet plan. The forth thing is to do physical exercise every day, you can start from walking 30-40 minutes every day.
Hello, I just found out my 38 year old daughter has PAD. She went to the ER because of leg pain and cramps. She was not able to walk very far any far. Unfortunately she has no insurance so they would not help her. Is there anything she can do at home? Thank you,
Hello Diana, your daughter will need prescription. I'm sorry but have to say that home remedy like exercises or healthy diet can't help in your daughter's condition. Can you come up any idea to get the prescription in a way that you can afford?
PAD also, PADD is a Know inherent genetic disease of the leg arteries which become narrow, restricting the flow of blood and also,the flood of of blood back to the heart.
I was diagnosed with it 15 yrs. ago..
There are No Prescriptions for it..As time goes on, it  worsens..sometimes requiring amputation..Care: Walk as much as you can tolerate, Sitting: Elevate legs. Keep Cholesterol intake down, don't smoke, eat a healthy diet and avoid any leg injuries.( even scratches) See a doctor Always for Any Infections.
The VA doctor informed me that because I have Ischemic Heart Disease due to exposure to agent orange that the perfiral artery disease I have are not related is this true?
Hello Mr. Seaward, peripheral artery disease is not in the list of veteran's disease associated with agent orange release by VA department. The list contains AL Amyloidosis, Chronic B-cell Leukemias, Chloracne (or similar acneform disease), Diabetes Mellitus Type 2, Hodgkin’s Disease, Ischemic Heart Disease, Multiple Myeloma, Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, Parkinson’s Disease, Peripheral Neuropathy, Early-Onset, Porphyria Cutanea Tarda, Prostate Cancer, Respiratory Cancers (includes lung cancer), Cancers of the lung, larynx, trachea, and bronchus, Soft Tissue Sarcomas (other than osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, Kaposi’s sarcoma, or mesothelioma). Hope this helps.
I agree, sciatica, the nerve of nerves raps around the ankle,runs up the leg, (through the middle of each buttock)...  Up your back (not the middle about 2-3 inches from your spine continues up and and to the neck, (seems like it does it's return down) at the base of your skull, the runs down the other sideswere it is wrapped around the other ankle.

I feel you  percent,  when it hurts try keeping an ice pack on the area(s) that hurt. Nerve is inflamed, ice will reduce the swelling.

Though I'm not a doctor I'm just making  a suggestion,won't hurt to give it a try.

IvI' been suffering from chronic sciatica for near 20 yrs.

Good luck
I have found light to deep vibration really helpful (either through expensive mattress/chair or inexpensive plug in vibrating pads or more expensive leg compressors) and also using a towel to wrap around leg(s) and pull which is the odd comfort l “invented” when it first started and l had no clue on earth what the sensation was, later found surprising amount of unexplained degenerative spine damage very young. Good luck, mine seems gone but the spine itself hurts plenty to make up for it l do prefer straight up pain to that phantom agony of sciatica and hope it never returns!