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I've noticed a difference in my blood circulation to my ankles and feet; besides exercise is there anything that can improve this condition?

By July 16, 2010 - 12:12pm
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I've noticed my ankles and feet color changing from my normal skin tone to darker shades and in some instances light gray. I'm assuming this is to a lack of blood circulating to them. I get regular check ups with my cardiologist and everything is fine with my heart. I exercise regularly but thought that besides that and messages there might be a supplement or vitamin that could help.

Or could this be sign of something else other then circulation?

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Hi Jeannie - Is it your cardiologist that's not paying attention? Sometimes specialists are so focused on the "big" issues they seem to not want to take the time to deal with other problems. What I've found works for my own personal health is to take the major issues to my oncologist and to work with my primary care physician for diagnosis and treatment of other issues. It sometimes can mean more MD visits but it has lessened frustrations and helped me get better and faster care. Otherwise, I've found that being assertive and stating my concerns and that I want them to be addressed in a strong but not demanding manner has been helpful. I also often do my own research in advance of appointments and let my doctors know what I've learned, what options I've found are available and ask their counsel on which course they think is the best to take. Hope that helps!

July 22, 2010 - 8:43am
(reply to Pat Elliott)

Thanks . . . I'll try it out

July 24, 2010 - 2:59pm
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Hi Jeannie - I would suggest that you see your doctor and be sure to have lab tests done. I don't want to alarm you, but poor circulation can indicate that a major organ - such as the heart, kidneys, or liver - isn't functioning properly. You really need to get this checked out, and can get tested for diabetes at the same time. Thanks for writing, and good luck to you. Please let us now what you learn from the doctor.
Take care, Pat

July 19, 2010 - 5:14pm
(reply to Pat Elliott)

Thank you, I will do that. However, it has been my experience in the past that when I have a problem usually my test results are in the higher then normal range but not high enough so doctors say not to worry about it. Yet, I have the signs of something being not right such as this circulation issue. Another example, iron deficiency: I'm usually on the low side but not low enough for my doctor to advise supplements even though I am often tired.

How do I get them to pay attention?

July 22, 2010 - 8:26am
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