I have read the various posts about any connection between hypertension and CLL. I honestly don't know and the doctors do not seem to think there is.
But can anybody explain my experience? I have been taking meds for hypertension for about 20 years (Irbesartan 300mg and Bendroflumethiazide 2.5mg) and my BP has been well controlled. I started chemo in September this year (Bendamustine & Rituximab) and the lymph glands disappeared within 48 hours of the first treatment. Brilliant result!
But at the same time my blood pressure dropped dramatically to around 95/50. I was advised to stop taking the hypertension meds and since then my BP has stayed at around 120/75 which I am quite happy with.
Has anyone had a similar experience? Or can anyone explain this unexpected side effect of chemo.