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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   i had angioplasty 2 weeks ago and a stent placed in my right leg. I am 83 yrs old. 5 days ago i flew from New Zealand to montreal. I had a lot of pain after the 14 hour flight ( i was wearing pressure stockings) which subsided but came back 4 days later. The pain goes down the inside of my right leg and into my back. I dont want to go to the hospital here. should i be overly concerned? should i wear the pressure stockings all the time? I have another 8 hour flight to UK ahead of me tomorrow
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Pls. give me few secs. to go through your query .
Doctor :   Ok.
Doctor :   This is very common in people of all ages even as young as 40.
Doctor :   I would say that you have to take a walk every 30 mins. in the next flihght.
User :   what about the stockings all the time or just on the flight
Doctor :   And I dont think you need stockings all the time, just in the flight or sitting for too long in the house .
Doctor :   I would advise you to follow the few steps that I advise you : User :   there is no swelling so is the pain just caused by prolonged sitting
User :   ok
Doctor :   Please keep rehydrating well, have at least 5 lts of fluids - juices or water.
Doctor :   2. Keep doing some physio exercises like bending your foot up and down and rotating them side ways to facilitate blood circulation for your calf muscles .
Doctor :   3. Keep taking a walk every 30 mins. for 5 mins.
Doctor :   4. while sleeping keep your legs raised high.
User :   what about painkillers is ibuprofen ok
Doctor :   Yes , it is fine , no side effects and absolutely fine .
Doctor :   and will reduce pain.
Doctor :   Tab. Advil 500mg. twice daily.
User :   anything i should look out for
Doctor :   Just keep track of any sever pain which is unbearable, or any sever cramps.
Doctor :   And I think there would be no need to worry, You will be just as fine.
User :   thankyou i am relieved to hear what you had to say. I figured it was the prolonged sitting but was not sure.goodbye and thanks again doc
Doctor :   Thank you for consulting me, Take care and have a safe journey.
Doctor :   Bye for now.Take care.
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