Sharp rises in blood pressure

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   Posted 3/10/2008 5:58 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi All,
I was diagnosed with Lupus and Hypertension in October.My blood pressure took some medication trials to get it under ''control''.For most of the month my blood pressure is good....130/77 but could go up sometimes to 140/80.Depends on my stress levels...Though sometimes,my pressure can have SHARP rises and goes up to 160/104 and seems to go up like that out of nowhere.I'm on a pretty strict anti-inflammatory diet and also take Cardizem CD 360 so could these sharp rises have anything to do with a Lupus related condition?? I went to the Emergency room yesterday as that B/P of 160/104 scared me.They gave me  Clonidine 0.1mg and the B/P came down pretty nicely....122/69.They drew some blood,did EKG and chest X-ray....everything came back NORMAL.I was surprized to see that my WBC came up from 2.7 to 5.Guess the Plaquinel and lifestyle changes are starting to work because there were improvements in my CBC but i cant seem to get my blood pressure totally controlled.Does anyone have any suggestions?? I just want to know if this blood pressure issue can be lupus related? I have a strong family history on Heart disease and hypertension so it could just be my crappy genetics but want to explore or rule out anything related to Lupus if possible....
Thanks so much and hope to get some feedback....

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   Posted 3/11/2008 8:54 AM (GMT -6)   
Fran, it's hard to say if the BP could be related to lupus or not. Depending on what you went to the ER for yesterday could have been part of why your BP was high. I was told that when people are in a lot of pain their blood pressure can go up. Also with lupus, sometimes when people have kidney problems their BP can go up. When I went through a 9 month stretch of leaking protein my BP was high, but now it's pretty much baclk to normal.

I hope your doc can figure this out for you. Keep us posted on what you find out. Take care
Diagnosis:  UCTD (lupus) 2006; Raynauds 2006; Sjogren's 2006; lupus symptoms began 2003; CFS 1991; Mono 1985
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   Posted 3/12/2008 6:14 AM (GMT -6)   

Hi Hippimom,

I went to the ER cause i felt some heaviness in my chest with the high BP.I didnt have any pain while the BP was high.This seems to happen once in a while.I get a sharp rise in my BP for no apparent reason and .My Urine and BUN and Creatinine are all normal.My chest X-ray was normal.They looked for blood clots ect...everything was normal.Actually all my labs went up and have improved since taking the Plaquinel(2 months).I went to my doctor yesterday and he's having me do a 24 hour urine collection for VMA and some other stuff.He said sometimes young people have these sharp rises in BP due to benign tumors on the Adrenal glands or kidneys.He doesnt think it is that but wants to rule it out.He also gave me HCTZ 12.5 mg in addition to the Cardizem CD and wants to see if this brings down the BP.

You said you were leaking protein.Did that show in your Urinalysis or did they do another test to look for the protein??


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