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blair5

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Anyone still having leg problems after bypass surgery
Posted: Apr 12, 2007 10:14 AM
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I had bypass on my left leg 9 weeks ago. I'm still having cramps in my leg when I walk. Is this apart of the healing process that will go away with time and effort or is something else going on? I've heard that they can fail.

sweetjanie

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Re: Anyone still having leg problems after bypass surgery
Posted: Apr 14, 2007 9:37 PM   in response to: blair5 in response to: blair5
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Sorry to say but after your surgery, all your pain should have gone away, when i had a graft put in my main artery, five years ago, my pain went right away, my legs and feet felt if they where 20 again. I have had another surgery last july and the same thing pain went away, the only time i have pain with my legs, hip and back i know i have another blockage. So , if i was you i would go have it checked to be on the safe side. I hope i help alittle bit, and the best of luck to you...

RoseV

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Re: Anyone still having leg problems after bypass surgery
Posted: May 3, 2007 1:37 AM   in response to: sweetjanie in response to: sweetjanie
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I have a question,I have severe cramps when I walk, and lower back pain, I'm somewhat overweight. I 've had fem/fem bypass, heart bypasses twice and subclavian/carotid bypass. My question is what blocked artery will cause back pain??? Does PAD cause shortness of breath?. Please help.
RoseV

dmperkins54

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Re: Anyone still having leg problems after bypass surgery
Posted: May 8, 2007 8:13 AM   in response to: blair5 in response to: blair5
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My husband had bypass surgery in Jan. of this year. He still has problems w/ his leg and the subsequent numbness in different areas where the nerves could have been irritated by the surgery. The Dr. told him leg soreness etc. is the most common problem mentioned by their patients at follow up treatments.
9 weeks ago isn;t too long ago, so hang in it gets better w/ time and I am sure you will feel a bit more normal.
Debbi

msruthoy1950

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Re: Anyone still having leg problems after bypass surgery
Posted: May 9, 2007 7:51 PM   in response to: dmperkins54 in response to: dmperkins54
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My husband had fem pop on 4/13/17. Still has some cramping but nothing like before. Had other let done 4 years ago and all pain went away within 3 months.
Ruthy

paastro

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Re: Anyone still having leg problems after bypass surgery
Posted: May 24, 2007 11:22 AM   in response to: RoseV in response to: RoseV
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I have back pain and it is because of blockages in the large pelvic arteries. Some could also be related to a bad back but not all. I have 3 grafts and a stent in the pelvic arteries and all are blocked but 2. I have alot of heaviness, burning, and pain in lower extremities and back and hip pain to go with it all. Hope this helps.

blair5

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Re: Anyone still having leg problems after bypass surgery
Posted: Jun 12, 2007 11:18 AM   in response to: blair5 in response to: blair5
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Hey everyone, thanks for replying. Went back to the doctor and I do have more blockages. It seems that I went thru an accelerated period of my arteries hardening. To my surprise my Cardiologist thinks it may be due to Avandamet(avandia) Please check your meds, I'm the proof that it is causing problems.

averi1

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Re: Anyone still having leg problems after bypass surgery
Posted: Jul 30, 2007 2:52 AM   in response to: RoseV in response to: RoseV
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The Iliac artery is your problem I think. I have it too. That's where the aorta branches off to the legs and it is quite severe.

Joy100

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Re: Anyone still having leg problems after bypass surgery
Posted: Aug 8, 2007 1:20 AM   in response to: blair5 in response to: blair5
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I had bypass surgery 9 years ago and just had spinal fusion 6 weeks ago. since this last surgery the leg they took the artery from for the bypass has been swelling a lot and is hugely tender around the scar and on the opposite side of leg. Is there anyone out there having this kind of problem? Dr. did doppler test today and no clots were found but pain is bad!

beajay

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Re: Anyone still having leg problems after bypass surgery
Posted: Oct 2, 2007 4:23 PM   in response to: msruthoy1950 in response to: msruthoy1950
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Hi, my name is BJ and I had a by-pass on left leg in June of this yr. and the other leg done the last of August. I am walking only about 2 blocks now but I am having some pain, tiredness and heaviness in both legs. I just am wondering if I need to just build up my walking and get my legs stronger again or could it be they overlooked some blockage? The doctor says my pulse is great in both legs and the lower legs don't hurt like they did....the upper legs do hurt some, tho. I also have the numbness some of you have mentioned beside my knee cap. I am so praying this surgery worked but am beginning to get nervous about it. Thanks to all of you for posting on this site. It is a hugh help to know how others are fairing.
Many thanks....

beajay

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Re: Anyone still having leg problems after bypass surgery
Posted: Oct 2, 2007 4:32 PM   in response to: blair5 in response to: blair5
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I, too, would like to know about this. I had the surgeries in June and Aug. and still have trouble walking. I, too, want to know about how long the recovery period is or if the legs EVER get all that much better. I am older...69 but, I don't want to have my legs hurt the rest of my life....Thank you!

beajay

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Re: Anyone still having leg problems after bypass surgery
Posted: Oct 2, 2007 6:10 PM   in response to: blair5 in response to: blair5
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I posted on here about an hour ago, now I can't find where I posted. Can anyone help me?

peewee31

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Re: Anyone still having leg problems after bypass surgery
Posted: Oct 17, 2007 6:37 PM   in response to: blair5 in response to: blair5
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I had bypass in both legs. One in sept and then in oct. It took me 3 months before i could walk good again even went back to work .Then in 3 months my right leg started to cramp again where i could'nt walk anymore.So i had to go to the hospital and they found i had a blood clot in my right leg and i almost lost it that time but i didn't. Things just keep getting worse. I lost the feeling in my leg and my little toe turned black so in dec05 they took my leg.Did you have a tube put in leg when they did your bypass? I would call your doctor about the cramps.

fbearclaw2002

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Re: Anyone still having leg problems after bypass surgery
Posted: Jun 18, 2008 1:51 PM   in response to: blair5 in response to: blair5
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Hey Blair, I've just had my surgery 2 months ago. I'm still having pain in both legs. I was afraid it might be a bloodclot so I went and had more test done. I still can't have a stool by myself even. Well it seems there was nerve's that were damaged while the surgery and the damage that was caused to the nerves by the PAD itself. Might want to check into it

angie75428

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Re: Anyone still having leg problems after bypass surgery
Posted: Jul 10, 2008 4:36 PM   in response to: blair5 in response to: blair5
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I had aortobifemoral bypass surgery last september. Felt fine for about two months and then started having pain in legs again. Got tested , when doing any type of exercise my circulation goes down to 43%. We think it is scar tissue closing up an artery. Getting another cath on them in a couple of weeks.let you know what it turns out to be if you are interested. angie75428

fbearclaw2002

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Re: Anyone still having leg problems after bypass surgery
Posted: Jul 15, 2008 11:25 AM   in response to: angie75428 in response to: angie75428
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Yes please post again and let us know whats going on with you. I'm still going back and forth running test to see what my problem is. Thanks

4alameda

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Re: Anyone still having leg problems after bypass surgery
Posted: Aug 2, 2008 10:17 AM   in response to: blair5 in response to: blair5
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Hi, I use a variety of herbs and vitamin supplements to help w/my leg pain and circulation in legs. HIGHLY HIGHLY suggest you check them out and give them a try. Means you need to take more responsibility for your own health and not entirely depend on a doctor. "Horse chestnut" is the #1 herb to strengthen llower extremeties,.see "wholehealthmd.com" go to healing centers and READ. sites to buy herbs are "Puritan.com", "iHerb.com" and "vitacost.com" for GrREAT low prices, with Puritan's Pride ask for 70% off sale and will get a straight 70% everym regular price on all their stuff. Things like gotu kola and niacin in form of inositol hexanicotinate will work miracles for you. Also cayenne, garlic, benfotiamine,nattokinase, coQ10 a MUST, alpha lipoic acid, ginko biloba and fish oil will help DRAMATICALLY. Ever hear of "cramp bark"? An herb that will help for only PENNIES a day!!! Taking herbs like eating, not like using pills/DRUGS but NATURAL plants/foods. Make your medicines food and your food medicines. I think of them as dessert. No more living to eat, now eat to live.THEY WORK, PLEASE wakeup and check them out, your life and quality of life at stake. God gave us the fruit of the trees for food and the leaves for healing. USE THE LEAVES!!!. Hyland's has some good products to relieve leg cramps, caps and creme (can find on Puritan's Pride site and CHEAP. Feel free to email with any questions at "lindasantiquecol@cs.com" or here am "4alameda" God Bless you, Charles

fw8419

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Registered: 8/4/08
Re: Anyone still having leg problems after bypass surgery
Posted: Aug 4, 2008 10:24 PM   in response to: blair5 in response to: blair5
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I have a question i am 48 years old i can walk a about a block at a time before pain starts if i push it after that exreme pain occours with will last for 5 minutes after i stop my pain started about 9 years ago my docter put it off as something like needed ex and age last year had a ango and it showed the femoal art 100 onclude i have 2 opions i doctor said i should have bypass and the other doctor said to young and the surgery can cause a heart attack but i get less use of my leg as time goes on can any body tell me about the surgery and the risk and does it make your leg normal again

tjm01

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Registered: 8/5/08
Re: Anyone still having leg problems after bypass surgery
Posted: Aug 5, 2008 7:36 AM   in response to: blair5 in response to: blair5
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Give it some time and continue to walk as much as you can. Make sure you drink lots of fluids in the warm weather, I find it helps reduce the cramping. Good luck. I had the surgery about 2.5 years ago and I'm walking about 3 miles a day.

tjm01

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Re: Anyone still having leg problems after bypass surgery
Posted: Aug 5, 2008 7:47 AM   in response to: fw8419 in response to: fw8419
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Have you had all the test? I was 56 when I had the surgery after consulting with a cardio and endo-vascular surgeon. Plaque build up was significant, between my right groin and right knee. The problem with plaque is that it is everywhere in the system, including the heart. I've been very careful watching what I eat and definately exercise, walking up to three miles a day after the surgery. It took nearly 6 months to get to 3 miles without pain.

I couldn't walk more then a few steps without the cramping before the operation 2 and a half years ago. The only down side I've experienced is that I'm getting a little tired of rabbit food for lunch!

Good luck!

fishermanpat

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Registered: 9/21/08
Re: Anyone still having leg problems after bypass surgery
Posted: Sep 21, 2008 11:59 AM   in response to: fw8419 in response to: fw8419
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I had fem-fem right to left back in 2000. Until just recently I had few problems. I am now starting to experience pain in buttocks and hips after just a short walk. Have not returned to doctor yet with this problem, as I want to try an excersice program first. Following the surgery, I felt "new" in the legs and was able to return to my work in construction. The suregery is well worth the effort.

caa301

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Re: Anyone still having leg problems after bypass surgery
Posted: Sep 21, 2008 6:14 PM   in response to: averi1 in response to: averi1
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have you had stints put in? I had stints put in left leg, right leg and illiac. I just cannot seem to get the swelling in my stomach down. Had surgery last november.

peggystotz

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Registered: 2/21/09
Re: Anyone still having leg problems after bypass surgery
Posted: Feb 21, 2009 6:26 PM   in response to: blair5 in response to: blair5
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I am 68, have family history (mother , dad , uncles ,aunts , grandparents ) of many heart attacks , strokes and arterial disease . Mine began 10 years ago, since then I have had heart bypass emergency surgery , several stents in both legs and a graft surgery ayear ago on right leg after many blood clots and leg was dying. The leg is still 50 percent numb and swells daily , always uncomfortable but the pain is not severe like it was before the graft. I have accepted that I will always have pain in my legs , but I am very tired of this problem . The results of the graft surgery were not as well as I expected but they thought I might haveto have an amputation , so maybe i was luckier than I thought. I would like to know if I can have another graft in the same leg--or is amputation next ??? Also my foot feels as if some one has been beating on it with a hammer-very sore on the bottom of the sole .

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