I was just wondering if anyone has been diagnosed with peripheral artery disease. I have not been diagnosed, but I have a strong suspicion that I might have it. For the past 3 or more years, my calf muscles have been getting extremely stiff, rigid, and painful when I walk, especially uphill. It makes things that I love to do painful and borderline unenjoyable.
I have mentioned this issue to three doctors, and they've all brushed me off, saying I need to stretch more and stuff like that. At this point, my legs are EXTREMELY hard...like, you can't even pinch any skin or fat if you tried.
I've been trying to make sense of this for a while, and I finally came across peripheral artery disease. It seems likely, because the main symptom is leg stiffness with exercise because your leg muscles aren't getting enough oxygenated blood.
I've made an appointment with a cardiologist for the 22nd, but I'm honestly really terrified. I never thought I would get circulation issues this young, and it really upsets me that I've been dealing with this for so long and no doctor ever put two and two together.
I have gone through periods of caring less about taking care of myself, but I don't feel like I've done anything so bad to deserve this. I've been a vegetarian for 13 years, and I don't drink or smoke, which are all supposed to be good things for your cardiovascular system. Ugh...whatever.