What signs or symptoms do people suffering from PAD experience?
Leg pain when walking
The discomfort or symptom most commonly mentioned by those affected is leg pain when walking. The discomfort felt often increases with the severity of the blockage. This is known as intermittent claudication.
This symptom involves pain or fatigue in the muscles that occurs during physical activity and quickly disappears within a few minutes once the patient stops walking.
Pain when walking (intermittent claudication) occurs more quickly when greater physical exertion is required, such as climbing stairs or an incline, carrying heavy objects, or walking faster than usual.
If you are experiencing such pain, the doctor will ask you questions and examine you to make sure the pain is not caused by another condition (arthritis, muscle pain, sciatic nerve pain, etc.). He or she will also attempt to assess the severity and identify the location of the blockage that is causing your discomfort.
Questions regarding your pain
Here is a list of some of the questions you may be asked. By preparing in advance for your appointment, you will be able to provide your doctor with more detailed information.
What questions will I be asked?
- Do you feel pain or discomfort in your leg(s) when walking?
- Does this pain begin when you’re sitting or standing without walking?
- Does it occur when you walk quickly or walk up a hill?
- Does it occur when you walk normally on level ground?
- What happens when you stop?
- Where do you feel the pain or discomfort?
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