When specialists fail, GPs must pick up the ball and sometimes just start treating
'Red' McDougall had terrible leg pains soon after going to bed. He did have a bad back, and some mild spinal stenosis, but I hadn’t heard much about that in the past few years.
He was just dealing with the ache in his legs when he was on his feet too long.
A few months ago, he saw his vascular surgeon for a routine follow-up. He’d had a femoral-popliteal bypass to restore circulation to his right leg a few years ago.
The vascular surgeon was intrigued by the fact that both legs hurt when elevated. That is usually a sign of severe ischemia, but Red’s