I have been experiencing the following symptom for years now, kind of grown to live with it but when i ask around nobody else seems to experience it.
I wake up every morning having had plenty of sleep with tired legs in the peripheral region, below my knees down to feet. I wake up whilst still in bed i feel this tiredness, if i sit upright with my legs dangled over the side of the bed i can feel a sort of rush to my feet from just below the knees (like blood rushing to my feet) there may be a slight throbbing / expanding / pumping / burning in the feet sensation. I then stand up on my feet from the bed with this slight burning inside the feet sensation (as if you had been on your feet for the all night then elevated your feet then stood up again).
I start to walk around and my feet are normal, i can walk / run no problems, no cramping, no pain, nothing. When i sit relaxed (like on chair) feet flat on the floor i can feel slight tiredness (like when i first wak up) but ever so lightly that it doesn't even come to mind unless i really concentrate to feel it.
I'm 25 male, smoke 6 cigarettes a day sometimes less, have been since 18. My job involves me sitting in a chair facing a computer all day, Mon - Fri. I also work Saturday night in a busy restaurant where i'm on my feet for 7 hours.
I come home end of shift and put my feet up tired obviously but if i need to stand and walk the symptoms above are even more intense, Sunday morning especially.
I been to see my GP he felt the pulse on my feet and advise they are fine, asked my if i experience any cramping in the calves when i walk etc .. i advise none, he said everythings normal and its probably the smoking. I insisted on cholesteral and diabetes test which i arranged with the GP an appointment to give a urine and blood sample.
What really worries me is that nobody else i speak to experiences this ? i have Googled the internet and found nothing identical to my symptoms, could this be mild PVD ?
There are several classes of conditions which can mimic PAD (Peripheral Arterial Disease). These include neurologic disorder such as spinal cord stenosis and peripheral neuropathy (abnormal nerve function). Venous disorders which may cause leg swelling and soreness with prolonged standing. Traumatic Injuries to the legs. And finally, systemic disorders such as raynauds phenomenon which causes involuntary constriction of the small vessels with discoloration to the extremity
The history and physical examination are quite telling in distinguishing these conditions. The fact that you are quite young and despite the fact that you smoke, youre circulation appears normal by the examination which shows palpable pulses, would suggest a non arterial process.
I suspect that you may have some form of venous congestion which is exacerbated by prolonged standing or a pinched nerve worsened by the same stress. These problems could be evaluated by noninvasive measures such as an ultrasound to look at your vein function and some evaluation of nerve conduction.
Given your young age, persistence in finding a cause of these annoying symptoms is prudent. thanks
I have the EXCAT problem you mention!!! I went docs he sed they fine do bit of exercise n start taking a-z multivitamin tablets...it went sway now after about 2-3 month it's back!! Worse in mornings or after waking up from nap
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. MedHelp 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.