My Diabetes Can Cause WHAT?!
PAD and Diabetes – The Connection Not to Ignore
Diabetes is a debilitating affliction that not only affects quality of life, but also can be life-threatening. Diabetes is a group of diseases that is characterized by too much sugar in the blood (high blood glucose): Type I occurs in childhood. Type II can creep up over time due to insulin resistance. Gestational diabetes can emerge during a pregnancy.
Back in Her Beautiful Shoes
When Sandra was in Nice, France, gazing and walking around the historic architecture, she started experiencing horrible cramping in her left leg. Cramping so painful she had to sit down often and no longer felt comfortable exploring the city alone.
When she returned home, she immediately made an appointment with her family doctor. At the time, she was living in Alabama, so her doctor recommended a vascular surgeon in her town.
Her local vascular doctor diagnosed her with Peripheral Artery Disease, but did not provide any treatment.
99 and Going Strong: Frank’s Story
When Frank, a retired newspaperman, had to start restricting his driving and was told he needed to stay off his beloved John Deere tractor, he knew it was time to do something about his PAD (peripheral artery disease). The condition made his legs feel heavy and caused him significant pain, especially at night.
Sure, he’ll be 100 years old in January, but that’s no reason to accept leg pain and stop mowing his own lawn (an acre)! Frank and his wife Jeanie went to see Dr. Russell Lam for help.
Mack, a resident of Sulphur Springs, was working as an automotive technician and as an assistant minister when he had to undergo quadruple bypass heart surgery in 2010.
After his surgery, Mack started experiencing significant pain in his legs. Every time he worked out or climbed the stairs, he felt a jabbing sensation shoot through his legs.
During a follow-up appointment with his cardiologist, he noticed significant blockage in both legs. Mack’s cardiologist attempted three times to remove the plaque but was unsuccessful.
Trading the Cane in for a Fishing Pole
Reginald Davis of Texarkana, Arkansas described what walking used to feel like to him; “It was like dragging cement,” he said. Laboriously slow and difficult work.
But today, his cane has been traded in for his fishing pole. He is able to comfortably walk the trails with his grandchildren, seeking out the perfect fishing spot.
Why the dramatic turnaround? A fortuitous encounter with Dr. Russell Lam of Lam Vascular and Associates.
Never Give Up! Avoiding Amputation, One Patient at a Time
If you are someone who has struggled with foot issues for a long time due to peripheral artery disease (PAD) or diabetes, you may have become discouraged by the setbacks and struggles that can accompany these conditions.
But take heart! Lam Vascular and Associates might just be the answer you’ve been hoping for. Our very own Dr. Russell Lam specializes in amputation prevention and has years of experience in limb salvage and PAD treatment.
Does Insurance Cover Vein Treatment?
If you have embarrassing, unsightly veins on your legs, you’ve probably Googled ways to get rid of them on your own. From mud packs, compression stockings and massage to exercise, elevation and anti-inflammatory foods, there are a lot of ideas out there.
The problem with home remedies (besides the fact that some of them are plain weird) is there is no medical diagnosis involved. And sometimes, varicose veins can be more than just a cosmetic concern.
Finding the Will to Live Again: Terry’s Vascular Surgery Story
Terry of Garland admits he lived a little hard when he was younger. “I’m just happy I lived this long,” said Terry, age 70, with a little chuckle.
A Type 2 diabetic, he was dealing with significant leg pain and cramping. It was beginning to affect his life negatively but all his doctors were unable to determine the source. “It got to where I couldn’t even walk around the grocery store with my wife anymore,” he said. “I just had to sit in the car.”
Four Tips to Prevent Amputation
Lam Vascular and Associates – a full-service vascular surgery practice focused on limb salvage – helps individuals suffering from peripheral artery disease (PAD) to avoid amputation.
Keeping up with the Grandkids: Cliff’s Vascular Surgery Story
Forney native, Cliff had a hard time “living.” As a fire inspector for the last 45 years, it was difficult for Cliff to climb stairs or walk for long periods of time.
After suffering for years, Cliff finally gave in and went to his local family doctor to have his left foot checked out. His doctor confirmed that he barely had any blood flow and recommended that he see Dr. Cassidy Duran of Lam Vascular and Associates.