A skiing enthusiast dismissed a serious medical condition for a cold leg – and narrowly avoided having to have an amputation.
Angie Cross enjoyed a Christmas ski break last year, returning to the UK on January 1, 2020 – and finding one of her legs was taking a while to heat up after spending time on the slopes in Geneva.
The 57-year-old at first thought nothing of her cold leg and foot – but quickly realised something was wrong when her symptoms refused to disappear.
Seeking out medical help, Angie discovered she was suffering from a rare blood clot and almost lost her leg as doctors took time to organise scans and arrange a diagnosis.
Speaking to Metro online, she said: “I just couldn’t get it warm and I sat by a radiator but it made no difference. I thought it was a bit strange but didn’t really think anything of it.
“The next day, I went into work and on the way home, I was driving and started to get a lot of pain while using the clutch.”
Once home, Angie self-prescribed some pain killers and an early night to bed – but the next day was concerned when she felt pain when she started to walk.
She explained: “After about 50 metres, I was in a lot of pain. My partner took me to a walk-in centre and the doctor said I needed to see my GP the next day to get an urgent referral to see a vascular consultant.
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“I saw him soon after but because we had been in the cold, he thought it could be Raynaud’s disease (causes smaller arteries that supply blood flow to the skin to narrow in response to cold or stress).”
Doctors made an appointment for a scan in February, but Angie succeeded in getting a cancellation appointment much sooner – only to be rushed to A&E when the pain became too much to bare days later.
She said: “Looking at the results of the scan, (the doctors) could see I had a popliteal aneurysm.
"They didn’t know why it happened to me and I didn’t fit into any of the groups with higher risk – I’m not diabetic, I’ve never smoked, I’m not overweight – it was just out of the blue.
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"If I knew then, what I know now I would have gone straight to A&E. Once I got to hospital I was told that I’d only been hours away from losing my leg.”
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