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blood pumping sensations

When I walk, my legs feel like a strong pumping sensation. One time I put my legs up after walking/the next day there were 5 large bruises on my left thigh. My foot cramped up so bad one time while walking, I had to stop...then it was better. I also have numbness of the fingertips (3rd,4th,5th fingers). My feet felt numb and tingly for a time but it went away. I also get this pumping sensation in my hands and neck when sitting. For months when I lay down, the pumping sensation up the back of my neck was very scary...I had to put extra pillows under my head to get any rest. I am 40, lo cholestrol, average weight, and no HX of any kind. Any ideas?
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Dear Christine

Sounds unusual. You may have some problem with your blood vessels such as a vasculitis, an inflammation of the arteries. A specialist in vascular medicine or rheumatology should be able to decide whether this is what you have.

I hope this has been useful. I wish you the best of luck. Feel free to write back.

Information provided here is for general purposes only. Specific questions should be addressed to your own doctor. If you would like to make an appointment at the Cleveland Clinic Heart Center, please call 1-800-CCF-CARE or inquire online by using the Heart Center website at www.ccf.org/heartcenter. The Heart Center website contains a directory of the cardiology staff that can be used to select the physician best suited to address your cardiac problem.
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