The Past Two Months

Sunday, December 20, 2009

It has been two months since I blogged. I was experiencing such a busy time in my life that the best I could do was to log on to Spark, make an occasional comment to members' blogs and keep my nutrition on track. On October 15th I decided to walk with a co-worker to a farmer's market. It was about 10 blocks away but I did not perceive a problem; I felt that my daily visits to the gym had prepared me for this jaunt. You can imagine my surprise when after three blocks I started to feel discomfort. We had to slow down. Although we continued on, my legs felt tired, as if I had run a marathon. It was an uncomfortable journey and we blamed the discomfort on my shoes. The next week we tried again, with different shoes and the effect was the same. After only two blocks walking had become painful. I was embarrassed as I swallowed my pain and plodded along. The third week I wore sneakers but I still experienced pain. Meanwhile at the gym, I was discovering that I could barely walk five minutes on the treadmill without a burning sensation at the back of my legs. I reduced my gym time and worked out on the cross-ramp instead. That was easier. I had a doctor's visit scheduled for December 16th and decided that I would take it easy until then. I thought I might have strained a muscle or torn a ligament so I decided to rest my legs. As long as I was not doing anything strenuous, or walking far, it was okay. Occasionally I would go to the gym for short periods of time. Last Tuesday my doctor diagnosed leg claudication. I was amazed especially since neither my cholesterol nor blood pressure was high. I am not diabetic and have no history of heart disease. I am scheduled for a doppler test on Monday afternoon. The test is non-invasive and my prayer is that any required treatment will also be non-invasive. I am grateful that I have come this far in life with no major illnesses and although I'm not claiming this situation as major, it has made me so mindful of how blessed I have been. I have taken so much for granted, and as I read about claudication I realize that living in the present is important because we never know what the future will hold. I'll write again once I know what my next step will be.
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  • MARIAO1229
    Hello Klassie. I'm going to the doctor on Tuesday for a physical. I'm pretty sure I have leg claudication as well. I have the same symptoms.. Burning cramping pain in the back of my calf muscle that slowly goes away when I rest. And if I dont stop walking the pain gets so bad that my feet actually start to fall asleep. I'm 30 years old and have been suffering with this for a few years now. Its embarrassing for me because I have to walk soo slow so I dont feel any pain. I hope you are better now. I've been searching on this website to see if there are other people who suffer from this and what they are doing to cope or to relieve the pain ..
    2868 days ago
  • CARMEL466
    I'll be praying for you. Hope all went well at the doctors.
    3405 days ago
    My prayers are with you as you travel down this new road (slight detour) to becoming a healthier you. You've come a long way with the lifestyle changes that you've been making and I'm sure, as you mentioned that you will do other exercises until your legs are better. You are absolutely correct that we don't know what the future holds and we should always be thankful for our blessings.

    You helped me earn my spark point today for web search - I had to look up claudication to see what it meant!

    I'll keep checking your blogs for your next update. Again my prayers are with you!
    3405 days ago
    Klassie this is hard to take when something we know should work right and it doesn't even our bodies... glad you are getting in quickly for tests and I pray to that your treatment will be non invasive too...
    GL and yes please do blog so we all know how you are.
    emoticon Jo
    3406 days ago
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