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To start this off, I'm 18 years old. My symptoms probably started when I was between 14 and 16 but I don't recall for sure. My dad was diagnosed with Peripheral Artery Disease in his early to mid 50s, I wish I could remember the exact age, but it seemed a little early than the general age people get it.
I don't know of any other family members that have had it.
I've had my legs get sore when I walk for long periods since I was really young. I don't think that was PAD then because I really was too young at that point. But in my teenage years I started getting other symptoms that really concern me.
Cramping in my feet when I walk for long periods. This symptom comes and goes, and I have had it when at rest as well, but it usually happens after exercise. Sometimes it's just in one foot, sometimes it's in both. I've been having this today, but only on the left side.
When I press on the skin on my feet and legs, it takes 1-3 seconds for the color to come back, and I'm pretty sure it's supposed to come back instantly.
This one is the one that's caused this massive HA flareup and the one I'm the most concerned about. Just today I noticed that I have horizontal grooves in my toenails on both sides.
The ones on the left (the same side as the foot cramps) seem to be a little worse than the ones on the right. I've read (yes, I know, I shouldn't be googling things but it's too late to go back now) that these are often indicators of serious systemic diseases, and one of them is PAD.
I do have other things that could possibly be causing the Beau's lines- I have eczema, severe anxiety / stress, and might have IBD although I'm less certain of that one. I also may possibly have anemia but I haven't had that checked by a doctor so I can't say for sure.
Based on these symptoms and my dad's history of PAD, should I be worrying about this? Thank you in advance for your responses. I'm really scared right now.
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