Tue, 06/13/2017 - 10:14
I got down to about 70 meters walking before onset of pain. I was referred to vascular surgeons who diagnoses the intermittent claudification at age 32 despite having the symptoms since early childhood. Surgeons weren't interested but did refer me to a Chemical Pathologist who started me on statins. I have been through most of the statins available (Pravastatin, Simvastatin and now Atorvastatin) but have only ever been able to tolerate the lowest doses. With Atorvastatin being taken at 10mg 3 times a week, as anymore I get accumulative build up of side effects. When my leg pain continued to increase despite the well managed cholestero, I was seen again by the vascular surgeons who put me in a Nordic pole walking trial. I had to walk a minimum of 30 minutes 3 times a week for the trial. The use of the poles increased my cardiovascular rate and produced dramatic improvements in the max distance before onset of pain. I have continued to walk and saw a continued improvement 2 years running in my ABPI results. This year I switched my goals and don't walk as often. My ABPI result shows a decline! Back to walking for me. Running is too hard and sounds likely to damage my joints too much.