RoughCollie Posted March 18, 2012 Share Posted March 18, 2012 Now that I have two new stents in my femoral arteries, and am feeling much better, I went shopping tonight. DH drove in case I got too exhausted or in too much pain to drive home. We went to Home Depot - parking lot to paint department, where I picked up chips, and back to car. We went to a couple more stores and a restaurant, where we parked out front. I walked from the front to the back of Petco. Since October, I have not been able to take more than a few steps without being in agonizing pain. My internist said I have sciatica, along with disk problems in my spine. When I went to my cardiologist, I told him I thought it might be caused by peripheral artery disease (which I have had for years). Lo and behold! I realize that I may still have sciatica, so that is why I am cautiously optimistic. The only time I've been able to walk without severe, agonizing pain in the last four or five years has been from last May to last October. This was because peripheral artery disease was misdiagnosed as bursitis. I had 3 stents put in my abdominal aorta last May, and it was like a miracle, even though it only lasted 5 months. It feels so good to be able to walk again, though! I haven't been anywhere in months because usually I could make it from the parking lot to the store, and then I'd be in too much pain to continue. Plus today I was able to walk downstairs without holding onto the bannister. Usually I have to haul myself up and down by holding the bannister. I still have a lot of lower back pain from having to lie flat for 24 hours after last Tuesday's procedure. Being able to walk again will help that, I think. I don't know why, but I've been very tired since Tuesday, and sometimes feel lightheaded (not dizzy). Maybe it just takes older people longer to recover. I do have a 50% blocked carotid artery and a blocked coronary artery that the cardiologist is watching. When I see him in 2 weeks, I'll ask if those could be the cause of the lightheadedness. I appreciate everyone's prayers last week. I'm beginning an intensive program (Dean Ornish, MD) to reverse heart disease on Monday. This program's components include a strict vegetarian diet, exercise, stress management (yoga or meditation), and the support of family and friends. The nearest hospitals that have formal programs are a couple of hours away, so I am going to do this on my own. If there is a lot of improvement after 6 months, I'll ask my cardiologist to look into starting the program at our local hospital. If you are so inclined, I'd appreciate prayers. I need the strength of purpose necessary to do all this. The two main motivators of people who have tried this program over the last 35 years are fear and hope. The people who are motivated by hope have a much, much lower drop out rate. I have hope, but I don't know if it will last. I'm always enthusiastic at the beginning of projects. Thanks, RC Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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