I had a triple bypass back in October, 2013. I have also had terrible leg pain when walking since 2007. There is ankle, foot, and toe swelling when I am inactive. I get numbness in my fingers and toes during the night. And now I have noticed the skin from my shins down looks slightly more dark (like it's tanned) than the rest of my skin.
I have been trying, despite the pain, to be more active for my overall health and to strengthen my heart. I take walks, 1-3 miles at a time, a couple times a week. I also do some light aerobics and dancing a couple times a week. And I try not to sit for too long at a time, you know, just keep moving even if it is around the house just cleaning or such.
Today I walked on the treadmill, got my heart rate and breathing up. Walked on an incline for more workout. Lasted almost 20 minutes at 2 MPH. Legs hurt like hell from 2 minutes in and had a tiny bit of chest pain from 10 minutes on.
I'm really thinking I might need to change my cardiologist. He says my heart is healthy now and that the pain I'm feeling in my chest is probably from the scar, but it feels exactly the same as it did before the surgery, just much less. And he barely even acknowledges my leg pain and has done nothing about it...
I don't know if I'm just being paranoid about his abilities as a doctor. I see my new primary on Monday, we'll see what he says, I'm going to stress the issue...maybe even cry to make the point it is very important to me!
What do you all think?