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Numbness of legs and feet while exercising - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   my daughter had a asd closure in april. she is 19,when exercising her legs and her feet go numb. she also develops really bad headaches. they have done mris on her back.and head. with the results coming back normal. I feel the problem is in her legs where they went through her veins. help she is a college athlete and is in very good shape . we can not find out any answers.
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Doctor :   So can you tell me if you can feel pulsations in her lower limb ?
Doctor :   are u there ?
User :   she says when running is feels like her legs are extremely heavy. she has no feelings in them after she runs for porb 30 mins. sometimes they are so heavy she falls while running.
User :   all mris and scans of her head and back have came back normal
Doctor :   Is there any sensation of feeling cold in her limbs ?
Doctor :   what about any doppler ultrasound of her lower limb blood vessels ?
User :   yes and pain. the last time it made her head hurts so bad we had to take her to the emrgency room and they had to give her medicine in a iv.
User :   no they have not done a test on her lower limbs. could that be a complication of the asd closure
User :   sahe say her feet get cold
Doctor :   But the procedure has been done in april 2010, when did the symptoms begin ?
User :   as soon as she was released to go back and exercise. we thought is was just that her legs were out of shape.
User :   but then the headaches started after she ran
Doctor :   Usually after a procedure on the arteries, it does have symptoms for a few weeks
Doctor :   but the symptoms should resolve by now
Doctor :   may i know her weight and height ?
User :   weeks yes but not months in a very fit person. her cardiologist said her heart was back to normal. months ahead of schedule. she weighs 143 and is 5 8
User :   she is not a complainer. so we know something is wrong.
Doctor :   thought the MRI of the head is normal, the symptoms of the legs have to be tested with a sonogram of the arteries of the leg
User :   what would be the cause of something like this. because she should be better than what she has ever felt. because we never knew she had a hole in her heart till she went down a week before her surgery
Doctor :   the pain , numbness and feeling cold in her limbs could be either due to a block in her blood vessels due to a complication of the procedure
User :   is thatsomething that can be fixed fairly easily?
Doctor :   Yes
User :   thank you for your time.
Doctor :   if the ultrasound detects some soft tissue obstruction in the vessels or some thing else
Doctor :   it can be evaluated and treated specifically
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