Low blood pressure?

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Butterflake
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   Posted 11/28/2008 6:00 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi All. I had a GI appt Wednesday and they took my blood pressure. It was 117/48. When I was in the ER last Sunday for falling it was 122/70 (normal). I take lisinopril for my BP. I was told to see my internist next week as follow-up to the fall so I'll get it checked. GI doc thought the vicodin I'm taking for back pain from the fall might cause it to lower.  I'm just curious. Does anyone else have an idea why it might be so low?  Love, Butterflake
Dx: SLE ('05), depression, diabetes, fibro, gerd, sleep apnea, hypertension, IBS Tx: CellCept, plaquenil, prednisone, lisinopril, actos, lipitor, nexeum, prozac, seroquel, celebrex, actonel
prn: arthritis tylenol, neurontin, promethazine, ambien, flexeril, multi vit, C, flaxseed oil, acupuncture    Donna
 
 


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   Posted 11/28/2008 6:53 PM (GMT -7)   
Did they use a digital readout BP monitor or did the nurse/assistant take it the old fashion way with a cuff and listening with a stethascope?

I can think of about 20 factors that could influence the reading. Some deal with the equipment, some with the person taking it.

My BP normally runs about 110/64. Everytime this one clinic takes my BP it is VERY low - 84/50. I finally figured out it was the new wrist BP monitor they were using. The next time I was there, I made her take it with a different BP monitoring device. It was 112/68. They she took it on the same arm at the wrist with the new device and it was 88/52.
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Butterflake
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   Posted 11/29/2008 8:04 AM (GMT -7)   
It was taken with a monitor not cuff and stethascope, so I bet you're right! Thanks Ides. This makes me feel better. Love, Butterflake

Dx: SLE ('05), depression, diabetes, fibro, gerd, sleep apnea, hypertension, IBS Tx: CellCept, plaquenil, prednisone, lisinopril, actos, lipitor, nexeum, prozac, seroquel, celebrex, actonel
prn: arthritis tylenol, neurontin, promethazine, ambien, flexeril, multi vit, C, flaxseed oil, acupuncture    Donna
 
 


Serina
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   Posted 11/29/2008 10:19 AM (GMT -7)   

This is interesting.  I had a problem with this recent bp at the hospital.  It is normally low, and has been for awhile.  Maybe it is due to the machine.  and god knows they do not want us to accuse their machines of being wrong.  another visit at the hospital, my blood pressure was extremely high for me.  I told them that it was wrong and that they need to fix thier machine.  they denied that it was the machine of course.  but as soon as I was taken out of ICU and placed on coronary heart floor, my bp was sent back to normal.

So many things we learn from each other.  It is so hard to not find all of you in my life at this time.  and hopefully I will find a physical support group soon.  have not gotten a response yet from the Lupus chapter.  But they can be swamped with so many responses.

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Ginny
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   Posted 11/29/2008 11:17 AM (GMT -7)   
Hi Donna,
 
I don't have any ideas except for the ones that have already been mentioned.  My experience with bp monitors have been like that too.  They read much higher than my home monitor.  I had my home monitor calibrated so I know it reads correctly.  I think as long as you don't feel faint or light headed, you probably have normal blood pressure and the monitor is wrong! 
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Butterflake
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   Posted 11/29/2008 5:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks so much Lupies!

Dx: SLE ('05), depression, diabetes, fibro, gerd, sleep apnea, hypertension, IBS Tx: CellCept, plaquenil, prednisone, lisinopril, actos, lipitor, nexeum, prozac, seroquel, celebrex, actonel
prn: arthritis tylenol, neurontin, promethazine, ambien, flexeril, multi vit, C, flaxseed oil, acupuncture    Donna
 
 


Barbara Lee
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   Posted 11/29/2008 8:15 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Donna:

I have very low BP and I'm often worried cause it's so low. I know however, as long as you're not having symptoms it's ok to be a bit low. I usually run at about 89/55 and I'm always asked if I feel light headed, or dizzy. I know that the automatic BP cuffs aren't always accurate. I wouldn't worry to much over it and just have your doctor check it when you next see them.

Otherwise, I hope all is going well for you and I'm sorry to hear about your fall and trip to the ER. You're in my thoughts and prayers. Wishing you the best always.

Hugs,
Barbara
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Butterflake
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   Posted 12/1/2008 10:14 AM (GMT -7)   
(((Barb))) It's so nice of you to write when I know you have really serious issues as opposed to my falls and low bp. I do appreciate the info though. I hope you're feeling at least a bit better and there's some improvement. Love, Donna

Dx: SLE ('05), depression, diabetes, fibro, gerd, sleep apnea, hypertension, IBS Tx: CellCept, plaquenil, prednisone, lisinopril, actos, lipitor, nexeum, prozac, seroquel, celebrex, actonel
prn: arthritis tylenol, neurontin, promethazine, ambien, flexeril, multi vit, C, flaxseed oil, acupuncture    Donna
 
 

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