Changes in colour
Poor blood flow to the legs can also cause changes in the appearance of your skin. Depending on the position of your legs this may either cause skin to appear paler than usual (for example if you are elevating the legs) or a darker, purplish colour if you are sitting for longer periods of time. You may also notice this discolouration in your toes. Again, if you notice this symptom, it’s important to make an appointment with your GP.
How do I know if my cholesterol is too high?
Many people with high cholesterol don’t experience any symptoms at all, so it’s a good idea to have this tested. You can get this test through your GP, or for a small fee many pharmacists are able to perform the test for you. You may also wish to purchase a home test. If your cholesterol is high, you can then take steps to improve your diet and lifestyle to help reduce the cholesterol in your blood.
Some people with high cholesterol may experience fatigue, feel short of breath, nauseous or have chest pain. If you experience these symptoms it’s important to speak to your GP.
How can I relieve my leg pain?
If you’re experiencing leg pain caused by high-cholesterol or PAD, the good news is that changes to your diet and lifestyle can relieve the symptoms. Some doctors recommend ‘supervised exercise’, which means exercising with a specialist trainer. Exercise such as walking until the pain is too much, before taking a rest, then walking again can also be a good way to improve symptoms and gain fitness.
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