Why Do I Feel Great When My Legs Are Freezing?
Posted 26 December 2012 - 08:45 PM
I know the blood vessels must be constricting in my legs when they cold. I thought this would raise my blood pressure and therefore make me feel better. Not so. I did an experiment today. I measured my blood pressure while I was nice and warm inside. Then I went outside and literally sat in the snow until my legs were good and frosty and I didn't feel lightheaded. I stayed outside while I measured my blood pressure. Here is my blood pressure before and after:
112/80 (warm and toasty inside)
108/78 (freezing cold outside)
I was very surprised that my blood pressure actually dropped a bit! Why was I not feeling lightheaded??? Maybe my constricted leg blood vessels were holding less of my blood volume and shifting more of it to my head--without increasing my blood pressure. I was thinking that I need to get my blood pressure higher somehow in order to decrease the lightheadedness. But now it looks like this is not true.
I noticed a similar thing over the summer. When I went to the pool I also felt great! I know my body temperature dropped while I was in the water. It was really nice to be able to swim a little.
I am asking all these questions in the hopes of finding some symptom relief. If I can figure out what changes when my legs are freezing, maybe I can recreate that somehow and find relief more often. It sounds unpleasant, but I am thinking of wrapping ice packs around my legs and seeing if that does much. I also ordered some new compression stockings. I think my old ones have stretched out and are not as effective.
Anyway, thanks for helping me brainstorm!!
Posted 26 December 2012 - 11:37 PM
I tried Midodrine last year and I did not get much benefit. I can't figure out why cold is so effective in relieving my lightheadedness. Do other people get as much relief as I do from having cold legs?
Posted 27 December 2012 - 07:36 AM
Posted 27 December 2012 - 06:49 PM
I feel like I'm just shooting in the dark when I try things. I would love to have some better understanding of what is going on so that I have some direction when I try things.
Posted 27 December 2012 - 07:34 PM
Posted 28 December 2012 - 04:43 AM
Also, any changes after a warm bath?
Posted 28 December 2012 - 05:06 PM
There was a time last year when I went to the local pool. I got into the hot tub and within a few minutes I felt like all the blood had drained out of my head. I then got into the pool. There was a wheelchair ramp into the pool and as I walked down the ramp I could immediately feel the blood coming back into my head. I felt so much better before I even got up to knee-deep in the pool.
I feel pretty terrible after a warm bath. I feel ok while I am lying down in the bath, but I feel very lightheaded the moment I sit up.
Posted 29 December 2012 - 07:50 PM
(edited - oh, also, pre-clonidine I really loved being outside in the cold - I felt the best that way. probably the lack of pooling)
Posted 31 December 2012 - 12:05 PM
I definitely think I get blood pooling in my legs. If I stand up for a bit, I get blue splotches on my legs. My legs also become achy quickly.
I just got a new pair of 30-40 mmHg compression stockings, but they aren't doing much to help. I wonder if anybody has experience with more compression???
Posted 31 December 2012 - 12:40 PM
Posted 31 December 2012 - 12:55 PM