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trader758
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   Posted 2/2/2015 7:04 PM (GMT -6)   
...at least I hope thats all it is. After my last post about my doc not wanting to test thyroid, I made an appointment with him and put my foot down. I explained my reason for wanting it done and he actually agreed with me this time. I was shocked! But while I was there they checked my BP and it was 145/92. We both chalked it up to me worrying and being upset about the visit.

So today I went and got the blood work done. At the same time, I have been suffering an ear infection for almost a week. So I decided to see another doc where they took the labs. They took my BP and it was 150/90. Again, we chalked it up to anxiety.

My BP ranges from normal to 140/86. So, I guess these recent BP tests arent too far out of normal, but it has me freaking out about half. An hour ago, i ate some supper, and decided to test my BP on my home machine. End up being 150/100. I waited 10 minutes and checked again. 148/102. I am extremely full from eating supper, and just read an article that eating 30 minutes before you check your BP there can be a sharp rise. Think I should wait a half hour and check it again? Should I pop a xanax? I kinda feel edgy, but overall pretty normal.

PS...since the ear infection started and I have been in pain, I have been taking about 3-4 ibuprofen's per day(though im not supposed to because of IBS and stomach issues that havent been resolved yet)....could the ibuprofen be the cause of sudden BP rise?

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   Posted 2/2/2015 7:42 PM (GMT -6)   
I doubt the ibuprofen is the cause, it could be cause you just ate. Wait a bit and take it again.
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   Posted 2/2/2015 9:11 PM (GMT -6)   
You are also worrying about your blood pressure which in itself can cause it to rise. Try to relax and take it again later.
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Jennhep
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   Posted 2/2/2015 9:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Pain can cause your BP to rise as well as stress. Try taking it first thing in the morning before getting out of bed.

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   Posted 2/3/2015 1:46 AM (GMT -6)   
Jenn is right on.
When patients cant verbalize then pain scales will use physical findings....and BP is one of the things they look for (also heart rate, sweaty skin, facial expression etc.).
Plus you were in gladiator mode ready to argue your case. Then and you add anxiety...I would have been shocked if you bp was low.

So proud of you BTW. You stood your ground and were able to talk to the Dr.
You were an active member of the treatment team. Way to go!
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   Posted 2/3/2015 2:45 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi

First of all well done on being assertive with our doctor and getting the tests you needed to put your mind at ease.

It sounds to me like you have been worrying about your BP which will make it rise so try your best to relax and take it again when you are feeling relaxed and I am sure it will be in the normal range. I think it is unlikely that the Ibuprofen will have made a difference on your blood pressure but it can have a bad affect on your stomach especially if you have IBS so I would have a chat with your pharmacist and see if there are any OT alternatives.


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trader758
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   Posted 2/3/2015 6:26 AM (GMT -6)   
Thanks all. Called off work today. Still really worried why its so high. Woke up and its 135/94. Just cant understand it. I feel ok, except for this ear infection and swollen glands. I got zithromax for that so hopefully that goes away. But this bp got me worried. Cant stop thinking about it....grrrrr!

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   Posted 2/3/2015 12:25 PM (GMT -6)   
T.,

Being sick will raise BP. You are fighting an infection...this puts extra demands on your system.

What goes up, will come down. I kept telling myself this when I had gestational hypertension.

I kept focusing on it and it would not budge. I knew that I was exacerbating the situation, and keeping it from dropping like it should after I gave birth.

Finally, I decided to believe that it would not go higher than it had been...and stopped checking it all of the time.

When I next went in for an evalutation...it had dropped.:)

I am sure this is temporary. If your doc was worried about it, you would have been picking up a BP Rx along with your abx...

Watch and wait...but don't watch too often! Stop checking for now, until you get over you infection, and see where to go from there.:)

Temporary rises in BP are okay...this will pass!

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trader758
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   Posted 2/3/2015 2:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks a lot SC,

I just got back from the docs. Took my home bp machine along to compare. Seems my machine is off 10 too high. But my bp was still high on their machine, 150/108. The doc said hes not worried right now, as the infection will drive up bp, and the antibiotics will too. He said to check it again next week after the infection is gone, and if my bp is still that high to see him. He said right now no worrying......easier said than done!!!!

I trust him, and his advice sounds good. But how do I tell myself and believe im not gonna have a heart attack or stroke? As I said once before, ive had almost every heart test made last year and the cardiologist says im healthy as a horse. At that point I stopped checking my bp and worrying about my heart. Now here I am again back at square one scared beyond belief.

Im broken SC. How can I hear things are ok, yet not believe it??

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   Posted 2/3/2015 3:54 PM (GMT -6)   
I know the feeling...been there!!

Hard as it is...we just have to choose to believe our doctors and put the burden of worry on them!

It takes an extended period of time for hypertension to do the damage that would cause the worries you mention.

Situational high readings happen...and your doctor would not let you go even a week if he wasn't convinced that this is not a risk.

Worst case senario...you go on BP meds for a bit...

Lifestyle changes could see you coming right off...

...but I don't think it's even going to come to that...you'll recover from your illness and likely be just fine.:)

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   Posted 2/3/2015 4:50 PM (GMT -6)   
Sometimes my BP rises after gorging on food. Im used to waking up and having coffee be my breakfast, and when I have time to eat lunch around 3 PM, I'll stuff my face and my heart will pound. I believe it's the surge in glucose to the system, and your body just trying to process it. And yes, infection definitely does raise BP. It should go away once your infection is gone :)
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trader758
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   Posted 2/3/2015 5:46 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks ladies. Been trying all day to convince myself, im going to be ok, im going to be ok. Its tough. But youve all been a big help. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for always being here for me.

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   Posted 2/3/2015 10:23 PM (GMT -6)   
No problem! I spent weeks on bed rest with my pregnancies with really high blood pressure...it was awful...and I was scared as well.

I wish I knew then what I now know...how to do the relaxation tecniques, and coping skills.

It would have been nice to talk to someone else who had been through something similar as well! (not that you're pregnant, lol...but high BP is high BP...)

So anytime you need to talk it out, or need talking down from an anxiety high, just holler! ;p

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   Posted 2/4/2015 1:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Oh yes there are so many things that raise bp temporarily. If doctors are not that concerned I would try to keep yourself calm about it as well. I'm sure once you're feeling better it will return to a lower reading. We're here. wink
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trader758
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   Posted 2/5/2015 12:37 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Barb. I sure wish I could learn to use the resources here. I just cant stop worrying. Letting go, of anything, has always been hard for me. Thats one of the reasons ive remained single the last 8 yrs. I just dont feel like getting hurt again. You probably wouldnt expect that from a man, but its how I am. That, the relationship issue, I can deal with. Health anxiety is a whole nother animal! Im still shakey today worrying about it. Trying to go about my day, but its hard. And believe it or not, the Xanax( .5mg) really isnt helping much.

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   Posted 2/5/2015 1:17 PM (GMT -6)   
I myself am new to the resources and I'm trying to get the best use out of them. I wake up every morning with severe anxiety and panic and crying. I take my Ativan and it helps until it's ready for my next dose which is why I'm hoping the zoloft kicks in. I think I will take this time right now to go do some of my breathing techniques and maybe listen to meditation hope you have a better day.
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trader758
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   Posted 2/5/2015 6:02 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks Barb. Hope the resources work for you.

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   Posted 2/5/2015 6:31 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you I hope the same for you and hope your feeling better tonight
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