My 70 year old mother has had a problem for about 3 years with severe hotness around her lower back and mid section. We have taken her to numerous doctors and specialists and she had numerous tests and the final diagnosis is a blocked aorta in her stomach. The neurologist said that because small veins have grown and altered the blood flow that there is no need for concern or surgery to correct this.
It's taken 3 years and her quality of life has highly diminished due to the intense "hotness" of her lower area. She will sit on an ice pack but at the same time be wrapped in a blanket because the rest of her body is cold.
She has COPD and is on oxygen full time. She also has severe restless leg syndrome and degenerative disk disease. The specialist told her that surgery on her aorta would be more of risk than her living like she is.
We are desperate for any advice to help improve her quality of life again.
Neurologists don't ordinarily deal with problems in the aorta. If there is truly an abnormality in her abdominal aorta, she should see a cardiologist and/or a vascular surgeon for further evaluation. The test of choice is a CTA (cat scan with IV contrast).
That being said, aortic abnormalities don't typically cause burning sensations. That sounds like more of a nerve related issue. I would clarify with the neurologist what the problem is, and if it is truly the aorta, then see a specialist in that field.
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