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Leg stents and subsequent spasms

Discussion in 'Ask Jack' started by drezy, Apr 24, 2018.

  1. drezy

    drezy New Member

    Doc, my mom got 3 stents put in her left leg yesterday. It was cold to the touch recently.

    She's been experiencing what looks like "charlie horses" in the calf all last night and today about every 5 minutes and they are painful.

    Do you have any hints as to why? Or any keywords for me to do further reading so that I could assist in any way?
  2. JanSz

    JanSz Gold

    My "charlie horses" are not due to stents.
    Eventually I think it is due to too low potassium.
    Have a doubts if my ADH is optimal.

    There are variety of potassium sources.
    Lately noting @Scompy post, I am using NoSalt.

    There is variety of other (potassium) products.
    Tonic Water (contains Quinine)
    number of supplements.

    NOW Magnesium & Potassium Aspartate

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  3. Jack Kruse

    Jack Kruse Administrator

    A new stent that is cold and has poor pulses could be clotted. If the leg is swollen I would really worry about it. If there is no swelling numbness or pain then it may be a lack of Mg and K+. She may need an IV bag of LR with some electrolytes. I'd call the doc.
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  4. drezy

    drezy New Member

    The doc who put the stents in ignored all calls for 30+hours.

    Thank goodness for the entirety of this forum, I decided to drop big amounts of Mg and K through water additives and her spasms went from every 5 min to once an hour. The concept of a running forum that is searchable is gold.

    Her functional doc is swell, though pushing D'Angostino's butyrate now.... Sigh....
  5. JanSz

    JanSz Gold

    Would not hurt to check her coagulation factors.
    prothrombin time (PT)

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    JanSz Gold

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  7. JanSz

    JanSz Gold

    The prothrombin time (PT)—along with its derived measures of prothrombin ratio (PR) and international normalized ratio (INR)—are assays evaluating the extrinsic pathway of coagulation. This test is also called "ProTime INR" and "PT/INR". They are used to determine the clotting tendency of blood, in the measure of warfarin dosage, liver damage, and vitamin K status. PT measures factors I (Fibrinogen), II (Prothrombin), V (Proaccelerin), VII (Proconvertin), and X (Stuart–Prower Factor). It is used in conjunction with the activated partial thromboplastin time (aPTT) which measures the intrinsic pathway and common pathway.
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  8. drezy

    drezy New Member

    Thanks doc and Jan

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