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Pain and discoloration in feet
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Pain and discoloration in feet

I was told I had dilated cardiomypathy about a year and half ago.  I also suffer from uncontrollable high blood pressure.  Since my last Dr's visit I have developed a sympton that has we worried.  My feet (especially my toes) have started hurting and becoming discolored.  My toes turn a purplish gray color.  The pain is a sharp pain not an ache. I have this problem more in the morning when I arise and in the evening.  I try to keep my feet elevated when I can and that seems to help.  Could this possible be related to either the cardiomyopaty or hypertension?  Also, what can be done to help with the pain?  It seems to be controlling my life lately,

Thanks for your answers to my questions.
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Dear sophie,

I am concerned that you may have a condition called peripherial vascular disease.  This is similar to heart disease but the blockages are in the arteries that lead to the legs.  If this is the case it is something that needs to be treated.  First, you must work with your doctor to get your blood pressure under control.  If your doctor is unable to get it controled ask for a referal to a hypertension specialist.  Second, if you smoke you must, must, must quit. Today.  There are good medications and interventions for peripheral vascular disease if this is what your doctor thinks is going on.  Often times a cardiologist may be called in to help with the treatment.  Don't put off getting this investigated.
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My mother is 65 years old and had a heart attack and bypass surgery in 1996. She now has trouble with her legs and has a hard time walking any at all. Her doctor tells her it is fluid retention. Her legs swell really big and she has quit work and stays off of them. She does smoke but her blood pressure is alright. Does anyone have any idea what could be the cause of this?  Thank you chick321
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