A My Blood Pressure user shared his story of erratic blood pressure readings and trips to the ER, after reading a similar blood pressure story from another user David.
It is a scary time for K.C. and his family, and his Doctors have found no solutions. He thought maybe other My Blood Pressure users may have experiences or suggestions they can share which may help.
Since February 2009 I have been dealing with erratic BP (some days all is normal and others it jumps to 178\145 pulse up to 140) and it has caused me several issues and was wondering if David ever got an answer to what caused it.
Prior to this my BP readings were between 120-130 over 70-80, I have been keeping track since I turned 40 as heart problems run in the males of my family.
With me it started with an attack of Vertigo so bad I was transported to the ER, test were done and results were negative or nothing found. Due to my BP being extremely high during the episode I was told to seek an appointment with an internist. Went to the doctor and was placed on Lisinopril (5mg/day) and sent home.
I still had light headedness once a week but as it only lasted for 10 to 15 minutes so I just thought it was getting used to the meds. Then in April I had another episode with balance while at work and fell to the floor while talking with a coworker, it was also followed by a severe drop in blood sugar that was relieved temporarily by taking a sugar gel (nasty tasting) but it dropped again 15 minutes later and I started having uncontrollable muscle twitches and a terrible headache.
I was transported to the ER again and had blood tests, CT scan (due to seizure witnessed by doctor), and a spinal tap. Results again negative and was told it might be stress.
Then in May one Sunday while on vacation I woke up at 3 am with severe pain in my neck and back straight through to my chest and trouble breathing, this lasted 30 minutes and my BP and pulse was again at high numbers. Afterwards I either fell asleep or passed out and woke up at 7 am still having some trouble breathing correctly and high BP. Went to the ER who gave me nitro pills and the next day they did a catheterization to check my heart and found there was no blockage or damage, in fact the doctor said he was surprised considering my family history of males dying of heart attacks in their 40s.
Well I am back home again and still no answers to what is going on with my body and now they have me taking another drug to keep my heart rate down but it is causing my BP to drop to 90/60 pulse 65 to 70 as well and I feel awful.
If anyone has an answer for me I would appreciate it. Thanks, K.C.
To introduce myself, my name’s Rashad. Your story (that I read via the My Blood Pressure news) struck a chord with me because I have BP that has been impossible to get fully under control ever since they spotted it about 18 years ago, when I was 40. I thought I may share some of my experience with you in case it helps.
First a quick bit of info about me: I’m from India, male, 58. Been living in Australia for 32 years. More important, I guess, are the things that have contributed to my problems:
And KC, even though I was on BP medication, I just didn’t realize how harmful it was to be careless with it, and in June of 2006 I had a stroke. It was real serious, but I was very lucky to make a darned good recovery. The thing is, that really woke me up and I sort of got my act together. Lost about 50 lbs, wised up on my eating habits, etc. And got regular with my meds, but even that did not stop me from having another small stroke this January (on my birthday, would you believe!?).
So let me put some of my thoughts and opinions down here, things that I have learned (mostly from experience):
I hope I have not bored you with all this. If you would like to keep in touch about this please drop me a line and we can correspond. In any case, all the best with your BP and I hope you can get it under control.
Cheers from Ra in Australia
Thank you to Ra from Australia for sharing his story and letting K.C. know he is not on his own. Ra’s insight and compassion from his own experiences will help many.
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