Anyone else have problems controlling their BP???

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Marlee2
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   Posted 12/4/2008 11:09 AM (GMT -7)   
My BP is usually under control til I start stressing and then it goes sky high and I have to take clonodine to get it down. When we found out Ken had to have the pacemaker it went up and it's been out of control since. Salt doesn't seem to have anything to do with it going up but what is going on in my life does. I get so upset with my body and how it reacts to everything and I have no control over how it reacts. I have to get the Christmas tree up and shopping done before the 20th, not really a big deal and I know I will get it done but my body won't listen to reason.
 
I also have the granddaughter moving in on my mind too. She has been in and out of this house so many times it's really not a big deal except there will be a new baby too in a few months and I'm not sure I can handle the stress of that.
 
I really think if I could find a deserted island somewhere and not have any contact with my family I would be a heathier person.
 
Just wanted to know if anyone else has trouble controlling their BP during stress, thanks.
 
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   Posted 12/4/2008 11:16 AM (GMT -7)   
I have had blood pressure issues ever since I have had fibro. I do notice smoking puts it up. Also coffee. I have been using decaff trying to control it.

It is just that my blood pressures use to be so good before fibro. Maybe it makes other things more stressful, I don't know. But there have been so many changes in me that are due to fibro that I usually just figure that is the culprit.

You sure do have a lot on your plate right now Marlee. Practice some relaxation techniques to help you through. Go slow and pace yourself. I know that having a new baby coming into the house sounds stressful, but I have a feeling that you are actually going to enjoy it.

One day at a time sweetie, that is all that we can do. Next week I have to go Christmas shopping. It seems that everything I go to order is out of stock. So now I have to find items in the store. Talk about stress, right? It just keeps coming at this time of year.

How is Ken doing? I hope that the pacemaker is helping him. Does he have more energy now?

I wish for you the most lovely day.

Luv and hugs, Karen

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   Posted 12/4/2008 11:27 AM (GMT -7)   

You are under a lot of stress from many different sources, Marlee.  If you BP remains high talk to your doctor.  You might need a little help getting it down.  That's just not healthy.

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Mrsppmrxky
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   Posted 12/4/2008 11:40 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been under so much stress this year and my blood pressure which has always been low before has measured hypertensive for the last 3 months.

My PCP told me on Monday not to be surprised if the caridologist puts me on BP meds tomorrow.

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   Posted 12/4/2008 12:38 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Marlee,
 
Yes, I have that issue too.  I'm on 50mg of Cozaar, which does the trick, but when I'm stressed I don't think anything would help!  I notice my bp go up when I'm in a flare.  Maybe the pain is what makes my bp go up.  Not sure.
 
 
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Marlee2
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   Posted 12/4/2008 1:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm on meds but they are useless when I'm stressed. Clonodine brings it down for awhile.
 
GD just called with the estimate to get some essential repairs done on her car. I told her to call her dad and let him decide if it is worth putting money in the car or if she would be better off getting a better one. Then when I told her grandpa what was wrong with the car he gets all upset and tells me to call her cause she shouldn't even be driving the car. She was half way to work when she called me. Why can't DH and son handle these things without me being the go between. I just want to be a grandmother and stop being responsible for my grandchildren. Sherrine, I'm sure she would love moving to Florida. devil
 
Karen I'm sure the smoking and caffeine doesn't help any. I think it is more the anxiety than the fibro with me.
 
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   Posted 12/4/2008 2:31 PM (GMT -7)   
I am anxious this year about it. Everything I go to do ends up being wrong. I haven't started shopping at the stores yet. I am not even close to being ready. With our Christmas being early, that gives me five less days to work with. Time to get off of my duff and get moving. Once I get out, I will be fine. It is just getting there that I can't do. It has been so cold. I don't do good in the cold anymore I am afraid. This sucks....

But it will come and go just as it does every year.

When does your granddaughter move in Marlee? That will be a big change for you wont it? How is Krissy?

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K9
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   Posted 12/4/2008 2:37 PM (GMT -7)   
I've got great blood pressure - thank God! My mother had high blood pressure but didn't stroke til she was 80 and then at 91 another stroke killed her. But of all her family and all of my dad's (16 in all) none of them had high blood pressure and they all lived to ripe old ages!

Marlee - have you tried any of those "guided imagery" relaxation tapes? Or download them? I think they're awesome for training your body to relax. The word "relax" doesn't really fully describe it. They actually train your body at a cellular level to release endorphins and totally chill out. But you have to commit to practice, practice, practice. Listen to the tapes 2 times/day for 2-3 weeks, and I'll bet your blood pressure comes down.

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   Posted 12/4/2008 5:28 PM (GMT -7)   
marlee,
 
Since my hysterectomy last month, I"ve had normal blood pressure. Yeah, it's amazing.  I was running a bp of about 140/100 just a month ago.  Now it's normal.  127/80 today at the doctor's office!  The body can be a mystery!
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tyno3
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   Posted 12/4/2008 6:24 PM (GMT -7)   
At one pt. it was 198/118. I was worried the doctor wasn't going to allow me to go home. After loading me up with meds, he let me go. Now it runs between 140/98 to 167/100. None of this is good or healthy. I get migraines when I get really high bl. pressure. I take zomig, which is contraindicated however, it wipes out the migraine. I don't know what else to do.
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   Posted 12/5/2008 7:01 AM (GMT -7)   

Marlee

 

Everyone is right.  You DO have alot to contend with right now, but....I am having the same problem..high BP..and like you, salt doesnt seem to be the problem.  You would think that if we take our xanax or whatever anti-anxiety meds we are on, that it would lower it.  I have to talk to my doc about this too..she discovered it a couple of months back, and I started a rigid regime on my salt intake, because I do tend to salt anything/everything, I am famous for that devil    However, it has made little difference in the readings.

I have started listening to my relaxation cd, maybe it will help..I dont know. Try not to think of the months to come regarding your neice, I know it's hard, but things may go smoother than you think...till then, just focus on the here and now.  Christmas is a very stressful time of year for everyone, so just focus on getting through the season..then you can start planning what's ahead in the new year coming.

Gentle hugs,

Diane


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   Posted 12/5/2008 7:07 AM (GMT -7)   
Aaaw, Marlee, you have so much on your plate right now! How is Ken doing BTW?

I really hope you can get this under control soon. Having to contend with yet something else is not what you need right now! I have no words of advice, just a hug for you. (((Marlee)))
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   Posted 12/5/2008 7:24 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi Marlee-

I get frustrated too when my body just does whatever it wants to- mad   My bp has been OK, but now my heart has been skipping beats for about 2-3 weeks and I know it is stress. If it does not stop, I am going to have to get it checked out. I do have a murmur but it has never acted like this before. I don't have any chest pain or shortness of breath, and I feel fine, but it is so annoying!

Multiple things have been happening in your life and you have not had much "down time" in between them. How are you checking your bp- do you have a cuff at home? I would take your meds and if it does not bring it down consistently, put a call into your Dr's nurse and see what they want to do. You don't need to be worrying about your health right now.

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Marlee2
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   Posted 12/5/2008 9:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Tyno that is the way mine runs when it is high. My BP hasn't been really low since my late 20s. My head feels like it is going to explode and it's not even that high yet today.
 
I've never taken the time to try to do relaxation tapes but I will look it up Shutzhund. Will it take me away like Calgon??? I haven't seen one of those commercials for years. My brain needs a vacation.
 
Ken is working harder than he is suppose to be at this point, he is suppose to be restricted til next Wed. He doesn't go back for six months but he has to have the pacemaker checked by St. Jude, they are the manufacturer of it.
 
Son is depositing money in GD account today to get her car fixed. One more thing taken care of.
 
She is moving in before the first of the year. She will be out of school the 11th. Her rent is paid til the end of the month.
 
Another problem, her boyfriend (baby daddy) will also be here a lot. I swore none of my children would ever sleep in my house with someone they are not married to. I'm so tired I don't even care anymore and have decided not to fight her on this one. They are having a child together, come April he is going to see parts of her he never imagined he would see.
 
Ken wants me to see his cardiologist. If it doesn't get under control soon I will make an app with GP which has to give referral to see cardio.
 
Thanks girls.
 
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   Posted 12/5/2008 3:07 PM (GMT -7)   
Marlee,
This is a repost of something I put online about two years ago. It helped me and it might help you. Do it as many times a day as you think of it, especially at bedtime. I practice it while waiting in line at the bank, at traffic lights, while waiting at the grocery store, during especially obnoxious commercials on tv, (LOL!), most any time I think of it.

The exercise that helps with high blood pressure is 'baby tummy breathing'. In the same way that an infant breathes while lying on it's back, (tummy goes up and down, not shoulders) you can do some deep stomach breaths and switch gears on your parasympathetic nervous system. Basically this is the 'Take a deep breath' treatment that peeps often give to someone who is upset.

If you are sitting or lying down this is very simple. Take a deep breath that makes your stomach move out (loosen slacks if necessary). Hold the breath for a few seconds and then slowly release it thru your nose. Rest a sec and repeat. Your shoulders should not move at all. If they are moving then you need to lie down and continue the breathing exercise. Five breaths like this should help.

This deep diaphragmatic breathing will fill the lower lobes of your lungs where improved oxygen/carbon dioxide exchange takes place, better than in the upper lung lobes. (Upper lung lobe breathing is called shallow breathing.) For reasons unknown at this time, deep diaphragmatic breathing affects your parasympathetic nervous system by lowering blood pressure and inducing calm. I have actually used this exercise to get off of my high blood pressure meds. My doctor was shocked that this was my only change and it brought my 'anxious' blood pressure to within normal limits.

This is another one of those, "FREE! Try it! Might help, Can't hurt!" things that I've learned in my travel thru life. Hope this helps.
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Marlee2
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   Posted 12/6/2008 8:40 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks Jeannie. I know I'm a shallow breather. I will do the deep breathing today and see if it helps it from going sky high. I've also made a point to take the coq10 again twice a day. It brought it down during the summer to where I had to go off of one med and then I kept forgetting to take my vitamins. I need to fill my vitamin box and set it in front of me. Out of sight out of mind with me.
 
Have your children moved in??? Ken and I were talking last night and he is not too keen on this arrangement either but........she has no where else to go, so we do what we have to do. If we were wealthy people we would rent her an apartment and everyone would be happy.
 
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