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Went to see the doctor last night, and he thinks the pain at the top of the right leg could be related to my husbands AD. He said he will contact his Consultant, but obviously now my hubby is thinking really bad stuff about his leg....poor circulation/risk of losing his leg......we tried to go for a short walk today, but once again 200 yards and he was in so much pain. Other than this, my husband feels quite well, he is sleeping better and has a good appetite. Everything is OK when he is pottering around the house, its when he actually attempts a walk from A to B. Can anyone help with this please?

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Comment by jodi bevan on November 22, 2011 at 16:41

i too have alot of problems with my leg and have been told its fine but i know the circulation is decreased in that leg. it is frustrating

Comment by Dan1961 on November 16, 2011 at 20:24

Hi Sharon.

Regarding the driving and DVLA

If you go to    it should take you to a pdf page you may need adobe reader to view the pages but see how it goes.

find the vascular section and there's info regarding driving with dissections.

disqualification of licence doesn't apply to dave's aortic dilation as his is 3cm and it states that hgv and psv vehicle holders may drive with a dilation of 5.5...

Have a look at the site hun and see what you think..

I'm not a Doctor or work for the DVLA but just want to try and ease the worry... i was in same boat mate and it drove me mad to be honest.

Email if ya wish

Regards Dan and Lin


Comment by Sharon Masterman on November 16, 2011 at 18:45

The results are not yet through from the CT scan Dan. The doctor on Monday took David off one of his BP tablets and doubled another instead, as his kidney function was "out"....they want his BP at 100 if poss. DVLA have written to say they are contacting his Consultant for more info, so it will be a while yet until we know what they have decided. Dave's going crazy, 34 miles on his exercise bike a day but no real improvement on the leg problem. This is a worry but hopefully with time, well....

Comment by Dan1961 on November 16, 2011 at 18:03

Hi Sharon how's things with daves legs?

Comment by Sharon Masterman on November 10, 2011 at 18:08

We have an appointment with our doctor 5pm Monday, no results, we did take an overnight case "just in case" (last time we went for a CT scan he stayed 2 weeks).The wait seems such a long one!

Comment by Dan1961 on November 10, 2011 at 17:29

Hi Sharon & Dave.

I'm guessing you didn't get any results today but how'd the scan go?

Comment by Sharon Masterman on November 9, 2011 at 20:34

Thanks very much.We went to the theatre last night to see the Johnny Cash Experience (Daves favourite) for his Birthday. We are just counting the hours now until 2pm tommorow!!!!

Comment by Dan1961 on November 9, 2011 at 19:17

Hi Sharon.

Give Dave my regards and wish him well for his scan tomorrow.


Comment by Sharon Masterman on November 6, 2011 at 1:49

Hi Dan,

I'm glad you are OK and working. Dave's employers knew about his AD from day one, he works for an international haulage company so we had no other choice but to tell DVLA. At one point David did ask me do we have to, I couldn't see we had an option. I think we would have both been too scared of the consequences if we hadn't! We are both scared now, waiting every day for the post to arrive with what could be a negative decision from them......I'm still working (nights) so at least there is some money coming in. He has been around wagons since he was nine years old - his Dad had trucks - and he truly loves his job, so its his life, and I don't know how it would affect him personally if he can't drive HGV any more. We are both just so stunned about whats happened, its such a horrible thing that I don't think you can quite grasp it for a while and even then you don't like to think about it too much do you. When I told Dave you have had a full life since 2003 he turned a corner, up until then he had been thinking he "wouldn't be here for long" - well your story proves different!! Hurray!

Comment by Dan1961 on November 5, 2011 at 18:48

Hi Sharon.

Glad you and your husband found my reply encouraging. I think your husband and i have a lot in common regarding dissection and work. I drive a London black taxi and was worried sick about the carriage office revoking my licence if they found out. i managed to keep my dissection quiet as far as the DVLA were concerned as the doctors relied on me informing them. Well i never did so therefore the carriage office were none the wiser. I was 42 when i dissected and at the age 50 transport for London make taxi drivers have a medical i turned 50 last April and was pretty worried that it would all come to light. 

The thing is when i looked into it the DVLA state that you are OK to drive with A Dissection and if my memories correct they state that your able to drive with an aneurysm with a dilation of 5.5cm and as your man's is at 3cm should not be a problem. Look into Sharon and don't be to worried. when i had to have my medical i had to go to my GP so before my appointment i got in touch with my consultant and he wrote a letter saying that in his expert opinion i was fit to carry out blah blah blah :o)  so when i gave the letter to my GP she ticked all the right boxes.....thing is Sharon the medical form for driving PSV and i think HGV ask about heart issues.... we don't have heart issues :o)  My medical went trough and i don't have another one for 6yrs...

Let us know how the scan goes Thursday.




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