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I had to be extremely careful during the pre-op process to lose weight, but not TOO much weight, because I didn't have enough in regards to co-morbidities to have the surgery below a BMI of 40...the one time when not having diabetes or high blood pressure is a bad thing! So six months of doctor visits and multiple blood pressure readings, and none of them were ever the slightest bit high. In fact the readings immediately after surgery in the hospital were really low. Then at my 1 week post op visit, it was high. Today, at my 1 month post op visit, it was even higher. The PA said it would level off, and that it wasn't high enough to worry about, but this concerns me, and it is just weird. Weight loss usually brings pressure down, doesn't it?

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Mine were only high day after surgery. Other than that they bounced back to normal.

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14 hours ago, Swanton_Bomb said:

I had to be extremely careful during the pre-op process to lose weight, but not TOO much weight, because I didn't have enough in regards to co-morbidities to have the surgery below a BMI of 40...the one time when not having diabetes or high blood pressure is a bad thing! So six months of doctor visits and multiple blood pressure readings, and none of them were ever the slightest bit high. In fact the readings immediately after surgery in the hospital were really low. Then at my 1 week post op visit, it was high. Today, at my 1 month post op visit, it was even higher. The PA said it would level off, and that it wasn't high enough to worry about, but this concerns me, and it is just weird. Weight loss usually brings pressure down, doesn't it?

THIS. The exact same thing happened to me! I had low BP pre-op, or perfect. It was always like 110/70. Never in my life had high BP. Post-op, it was regularly 160/100 and crazy numbers (to me). They still said it wasn't *high enough* to warrant BP meds, but scared the crap out of me because my BP had always been perfect. I am 6 weeks out now, and it seems to be lowering. My last check was 135/90 ish... so almost normal. The nurse said she had never seen someone's BP go UP after surgery.... guess we're anomalies.

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Maybe check it on your own at CVS every so often just to keep tabs between appointments and if it continues to go up in the next month, talk to them about it again. I figured it went up due to stress and trauma on the body? I'm just making that up though to justify the weird drastic increase I had. lol. Makes sense though. In my mind.

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Mine were really high the day after surgery but hopefully it was just the stress of the procedure and it will stabilize.

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Do you go into your appts with your surgeon stressed? It could be a form of "white coat syndrome" where just being in the doctor's office elevates your blood pressure. Agree with mousecat that it may help to check it in a situation where you might be a bit more at ease.

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29 minutes ago, notmyname said:

Do you go into your appts with your surgeon stressed? It could be a form of "white coat syndrome" where just being in the doctor's office elevates your blood pressure. Agree with mousecat that it may help to check it in a situation where you might be a bit more at ease.

I had considered that, because I have experienced that before, but I was far more stressed in my pre-op appointments. So strange!

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