High BP & Ankle Swelling

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Jenny S.
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   Posted 8/23/2010 10:08 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello all,
 
Went to my Rheumy today.  BP is 100/50 & my ankles are retaining tons of fluid at end of day (took pics). Being referred to a BP specialist & kidney specialisty that is doing some trials. 
 
Has anyone else had such symptoms?  I fear that I could have kidney involvement?
 

okie
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   Posted 8/23/2010 10:32 AM (GMT -7)   
Hopfully the rheumy is just being a little overly cautious. It's not uncommon at all to have high BP and slushy feet and legs LOL But the high BP thing I don't understand my nurse would love it if my blood pressure would get a little higher then that. Maybe age and weight has somthing to do with it. but if it gets down to 95/60 my nurse has a fit. if it was like your and 100/50 she's still not like the 50 but she could deal with the 100. but she would rather see it at about 120/70.
However after saying all that it is always good considering the disease to double check everything. The sooner you catch a possible problem the better the chance of resolving it. But try not to worry hun it sounds like you are in good hands.
love ya
carol
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Bsime
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   Posted 8/23/2010 6:33 PM (GMT -7)   
Jenny,
 
It is not being overly cautious to investigate edema and low bp.  Kidney problems are very common with lupus and often can be easily treated eliminating the danger of losing a kidney or worse.  Proteinuria is the most common condition and if treated early on you should be able to avoid permanent damage.  The most common treatment is an ace inhibitor like lisinopril and lasix or some other diuretic.  Since you have low bp a specialist might opt for another treatment.
 
At the very least he will run a battery of tests and possibly a kidney biopsy to see what is causing your problems. 
 
I had these problems and had naturally low bp which later shot up after 10 months on prednisone.  Still take an ace inhibitor and a low dose of a diurectic and my kidneys are doing fine....no swelling in almost 5 years.
 
Bill
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okie
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   Posted 8/23/2010 8:53 PM (GMT -7)   
blush  sorrry Jenny, I must have read wrong. I thought you said your doctor said your bp was too low not to high.
furosemide,spironel,lisinopril,lortab,azithromyazin,detrol.nexium,temazepam,predisone,plaquenil,propanalol
citracal,pottasium,vitB12 ,iron,xopenex,advair,spirivia,soma,b12 shots,Vitamin D, cybalta
Dx lupus, scleroderma, pos. fibro, high bp COPD, need left lung transplant. cervical cancer survivor, osteoporsis, Jesus is a friend of mine.
"We come into this world crying while all around us are smiling. May we so live that we go out of this world smiling while everybody around us is weeping."

Lynnwood
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   Posted 8/23/2010 9:24 PM (GMT -7)   
BP is 100/50 -- that is LOW
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redrose77
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   Posted 8/23/2010 9:24 PM (GMT -7)   
I can't believe your BP was declared too high. If I had that BP I would be in the hospital for low BP. How old are you? I ask becsue maybe your age is why they say your BP is high.
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aimsgirl16
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   Posted 8/24/2010 4:05 AM (GMT -7)   
As far as the kidney involvement, yes retaining fluid is a symptom but I have generally seen the BP be much higher. By higher, I mean the bottom number being over 100 during a lupus flair involving the kidneys.

Do you know how your creantinine, BUN, and GFR are doing?
Amy
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Jenny S.
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   Posted 8/25/2010 4:28 AM (GMT -7)   
RedRose,

I'm 32 years old.
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