What does high blood pressure feel like?

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Acheybody
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   Posted 4/7/2010 5:12 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi, I'm a little concerned because I've been on Effexor a couple of weeks now, and thought I liked it, but yesterday and today I've gotten waves of nausea that come out of nowhere and then go...very unusual for me.  Also, I feel - just a PRESSURE in my head and chest.  Not pain, really.  Hard to explain, just a different feeling than I've had before.  I'll probably call the doctor, but just wondered if anyone who has high blood pressure could tell me what it's like.  Somebody here (wish I could remember whorolleyes ) said she'd been on Effexor...anyway...
Debbie
 
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Acheybody
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   Posted 4/7/2010 5:17 PM (GMT -7)   
Me again, I forgot to mention that the reason I'm concerned is I heard that Effexor is the one antidepressant that can raise your blood pressure. Thanks.
Debbie
 
Diagnosed: Fibromyalgia, Meniere's, mild liver damage, keloid scar tissue (from burn) on back, arthritis, lumbar disc damage, IBS, migraine,
 
Meds: Nortriptyline, Clonazepam,  Effexor, Darvocet as needed
multivitamins, l-lysine, probiotics, magnesium, calcium + vit. D, vit. C
 
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HTG
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   Posted 4/7/2010 5:24 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry to hear you're feeling strangely. Oftentimes, you cannot feel high blood pressure. Occasionally people are sensitive enough to feel it, but most often it sneaks up on you. That said, when my fiancee's high blood pressure gets high enough that he can feel it, it's dangerously high! He gets headaches mostly. Best to get the blood pressure checked, even if it's just by a friend with a cuff, or one of those machines at the pharmacy. If it's high for you, have your doctor or nurse double check it.

crazykitty
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   Posted 4/7/2010 8:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Debbie, I've had hypertension for 8 years and was really surprised to find out I had it. My
blood pressure had always been low. I had no symptoms at all, it snuck up on me. I know
that my blood pressure is usually higher when I'm really hurting. I monitor my blood pressure
daily and take Diltiazem for it. Some meds can affect blood pressure. My blood pressure
was high before even taking any meds.

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Chutz
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   Posted 4/7/2010 9:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Debbie,

I've taken Effexor for a long time and it works well for me. I have to use a very small dose as I"m very sensitive to antidepressants. My blood pressure has always been on the high side of normal but over the past 3-4 months they went crazy. I think a lot has had to do with family members straining my life and my brain until I thought I would snap. But there were no feelings of the high blood pressure as far as I know. Just the feeling of mental stress that wouldn't stop. I have since begun to alleviate the problem.

I agree with HTG that most people don't feel any symptoms of high blood pressure and don't get treated as they should. One reason they call it "The Silent Killer". So I would do as suggested...stop by a pharmacy that has one of the machines for your BP and check. If it's high then get to your doc.

Hope some of this helps,
Chutz
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getting by
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   Posted 4/8/2010 4:50 AM (GMT -7)   
I have also taken effexor in the past, though my blood pressures have been high since the onset of fibromyalgia. I know pain causes it to go up and yes, effexor can, but I was on a high dose. 375mg a day. I have recently switched to pristiq because I don't have to take as much.

If you worry too much about it going up, it will go up. So try not to worry about it. Effexor is a good ad and I think you will find that you like it. I hope that it works for you and I hope your bp stays normal. I bought a small blood pressure cuff at the pharmacy, but you have to check them with the doc's to make sure they are right on.

Take care,

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Acheybody
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   Posted 4/8/2010 9:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Thanks, everybody. I will get to the pharmacy.
Debbie
 
Diagnosed: Fibromyalgia, Meniere's, mild liver damage, keloid scar tissue (from burn) on back, arthritis, lumbar disc damage, IBS, migraine,
 
Meds: Nortriptyline, Clonazepam,  Effexor, Darvocet as needed
multivitamins, l-lysine, probiotics, magnesium, calcium + vit. D, vit. C
 
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aligee
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   Posted 4/8/2010 11:51 AM (GMT -7)   
I recently started Savella and it has caused my blood pressure to sky rocket to 142/100! (I'm only 19)
I DID feel it though. I mostly felt it in my head... very bad headaches and very very overheated in my entire body (but mostly in my head).

Acheybody
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   Posted 4/8/2010 2:44 PM (GMT -7)   
Well, the blood pressure gauge at the pharmacy said I was ok, but I've decided to quit the Effexor anyway. If I feel worse, maybe I'll go back but I doubt it. Really didn't like the way I was feeling on it, the nausea and the headache/pressure, though for the first couple of weeks it was fine....funny how these drugs play with us, isn't it? Sometimes they're the lesser of two "evils" and sometimes they're not.
Debbie
 
Diagnosed: Fibromyalgia, Meniere's, mild liver damage, keloid scar tissue (from burn) on back, arthritis, lumbar disc damage, IBS, migraine,
 
Meds: Nortriptyline, Clonazepam,  Effexor, Darvocet as needed
multivitamins, l-lysine, probiotics, magnesium, calcium + vit. D, vit. C
 
Chiropractic adjustments

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