This is more of a question about vascular disease than heart disease, but I didn't see a specific forum for that.
I'm a male 57, most of my exercise comes from walking. The last few months, I've noticed that my right leg gets sore and fatigued, the calf or hamstring muscles get tired and sore after 5 or 10 minutes of walking, while my left leg is completely fine. This goes away after I stop for five minutes or so. I pushed it a couple weeks ago, and my calf and hamstring muscles were sore for a week, like they had been overworked.
My doctor says the pulse in my right leg is strong and normal, and he hears no bad sounds in the big arteries. Furthermore, I've recently had echo stress tests and a calcium CAT scan of my heart that both showed no signs of arterial sclerosis. So he thinks it is highly unlikely that I'd have peripheral artery disease in my leg. He thought maybe this is just tendonitis, but I'm still concerned, because it doesn't feel like tendonitis, it's not focused at the joints or my heel, it's really bulk muscle fatigue.
Do you have any thoughts? Looking at some online clinic pages, I've read that aneurysm can also cause claudication. I'm wondering what I should do next?
Your symptoms could be claudication, but this is usually more of a cramping pain. The best way to look for impaired blood flow (which is what causes claudication) is to do a doppler evaluation called ABI (ankle brachial index).
Copyright 1994-2017MedHelp International.All rights reserved. MedHelp is a division of Aptus Health.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.