Peripheral vascular disease is any disease or disorder of the circulatory system other than the brain or the heart. It is the most common disease, which takes over the arteries. Of all the arteries affected, the ones in the legs are most common. Peripheral vascular disease is caused by atherosclerosis, which is a fat build up within the vessels. Symptoms can include cold feet, pain, discoloration of skin, stroke, or gangrene. Peripheral vascular disease is very common in the United States of America. It usually affects those 50 or older. In the United States alone, it is estimated that ten million people have this disease. This disease is more common in men than women. Smokers would be more at risk to get peripheral vascular disease. If you think you may have peripheral vascular disease, make an appointment with a physician. Some things the doctor may do if it is determined that you have this include local nerve blocks or steroid injections, medication, or surgery. Peripheral vascular disease is not a life-threatening condition although can definitely affect your way of life if gone untreated. Most people get pain relief by taking it easy and taking medication. Although this does not always help for some. Peripheral vascular disease can take a damaging toll on ones day-to-day life. The person with peripheral vascular disease may also begin to feel isolated if they remain inside due to the agonizing pain. Things such as these may later lead to depression. Peripheral vascular disease may also be a leading cause of lack of sleep. While the victim of the pain is experiencing the agonizing feeling of discomfort, sleep may be the first thing to go. Some physicians may want to order diagnostic testing to eliminate other diagnosis. Once scheduled, if you have had a recent MRI, CT, X-Ray, bone scan, or ultrasound of the area causing the pain and would like us to review the films, please remember to bring the films or CD to your appointment. It you have not had an MRI, CT, X-Ray, bone scan, or ultrasound done and your physician feels it is necessary, we have equipment available at some of our many locations. Ask for details if a MRI, CT, X-Ray, bone scan, or ultrasound will be necessary. It is wise to get the help necessary to treat the pain as soon as it arises in order to break free from the symptoms they may cause such as those just discussed. If you have peripheral vascular disease and have any questions about how we can help, please feel free to give our friendly scheduling coordinators a call. They are specialized and trained to get you in with one of the board certified pain management physicians that can best be equipped to suit your needs. They can also help with any insurance questions you may have. We are happy to help. It is our goal to help you get to feel like yourself again.