Oct 27, 2018 08:18PM Binney4 wrote:
I've never heard anything about LE affecting BP, no studies I know of--though I'd guess it could be possible if the LE led to stress (which it certainly does at times), or if it limited normal activity. But in that case the BP increase would be secondary to the LE, and I take it that's not quite what you're asking. Really good question--wish I could be more helpful.
Do talk to your therapist about your up-coming cataract surgery. Since your LE is bilateral both arms/hands are certainly at risk--for both LE In the lower arm and hand, and for cellulitis when the skin is compromised by needles. So you need a plan for how to handle both the IV and the necessary BP during surgery. If the eye surgeon can arrange to do only manual BP, that's at least better than the automatic cuffs, since they often overdo the pressure needed for measuring BP. Measuring BP on the lower leg is a possibility, as is an IV in the foot or neck (not as grim as it sounds). IV and blood tests in the foot are contraindicated if you have had blood clotting problems, but otherwise can solve the LE risk issues. Your therapist should be able to recommend the best personalized plan for you, and s/he may also be able to consult with your surgeon.
Please do let us know what you discover, and how your surgery goes too! Amazing how this "swell" diagnosis can complicate our lives, no? Grrrrr!