Claudication - Pain

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Why does claudication come and go?

The usually intermittent nature of the pain of claudication is due to a temporary inadequate supply of oxygen to the muscles of the leg. The poor oxygen supply is a result of narrowing of the arteries that supply the leg with blood. This limits the supply of oxygen to the leg muscles and is especially noticeable when the oxygen requirement of these muscles rises with exercise or walking. Claudication that comes and goes is often referred to as intermittent claudication.

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Comment from: Cjhooney, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: April 11

I had triple bypass and was told to walk 4 days a week. I really tried but experienced so much severe pain in my calves that I couldn"t go 1/2 mile. I have to sit for a few minutes to get the gripping pain to stop. If I push through the claudication pain, my ankles swell horribly.

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Comment from: Frank, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: May 17

The person I write about is my husband. He had a triple bypass four years ago and is generally a very fit man for his age. However, he does suffer with all the symptoms described as intermittent claudication. He's put up with this for years now. It's going worse and no help seems available. He's even been told there's nothing to be done! Many a night he jumps out of bed in severe pain with cramp. He can't walk very far without pain and it's such a shame as he's a very active person but I'd really appreciate some good advice. Not one doctor has actually diagnosed him with this condition. Maybe there is help out there.

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