Sudden High Blood Pressure- vent Update

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   Posted 9/28/2017 5:28 AM (GMT -7)   
I'm mostly venting but also thought someone here might have had something similar happen. about two weeks ago I started experiencing what I first thought was heart burn and a feeling like my heart was racing. I started to take my blood pressure when these symptoms occurred and my blood pressure was about 20-30 points higher, both systolic and diastolic, than normal. I have also lost about 5 pounds in one week. I went to my PCM's walk in clinic yesterday and saw one of the other docs who has started me on a diuretic with a follow up with my doc next Friday. I do have a family history of heart disease and had preeclampsia with my daughter and postpartum eclampsia with my son, so I thought at some point I would face these problems but I'm 34 and eat well and exercise so I'm pretty frustrated that this is going on now. It seems like I have inherited every bad gene that runs in my family.

Figured I'd update since I ended up going to the ER when my blood pressure continued to rise and my chest pain worsened. I went to the ER on Saturday when my blood pressure was 178/125 and my chest was really bothering me, just a few weeks ago I had blood pressure under 120/80. Initially, I think that the doctors and nurses thought that I was anxious and my readings would go down, but they continued to stay high so they decided to admit me overnight to do a CT Scan to check for an aneurysm and do a stress test in the morning. Every doctor I saw was shocked that I was having these issues because I'm young and fit, but they kept saying that they didn't want me to be the exception and have a cardiac event. I'm glad to say that the CT was normal and the stress test was normal, apparently I rocked it. Now the confusion sets in and my PMC doc is going to have to start figuring out what caused this sudden BP increase because the doctors think it is caused from another medical condition.

Post Edited (caia_120) : 10/2/2017 8:55:54 AM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/5/2017 6:03 PM (GMT -7)   
hello. I have had similar episodes. I have been on BP meds since I was 20. it originally popped up because of all the prednisone that I was taking. I always had elevated pressure, until I had major health crises about 18 years ago. no I'm normal pressure if not a bit low but still need to take meds to help keep my heart rate down.

might I suggest a cardiac dr to do further testing if this keeps happening with no other explanation.

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   Posted 10/6/2017 3:44 AM (GMT -7)   
What do they (or you) attribute the weight loss to? Are you having a flair right now? Pain can elevate your bp temporarily.

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   Posted 10/6/2017 2:39 PM (GMT -7)   
Randy- I saw my PCM today and I will be having a renal ultrasound done next week. I also had some lab work done today to test renal function. We are using this as a starting point to try to figure everything out. I'll keep the cardiologist in the back of my mind.

Stevo-I'm pretty sure that I'm not having a flare, although in the past they have really snuck up on me and I don't feel ill until things have gotten bad. At this point I think the weight loss is not much of a concern to anyone but me because it has only been about 5 pounds.

Thanks for the replies.
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