Does your pain affect your blood pressure?

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   Posted 4/15/2013 3:25 PM (GMT -7)   
Does your pain affect your blood pressure?
My blood pressure was always in the normal range and on the low side before the onset of my chronic pain conditions.  Recently had a routine echo cardiogram and my disease is now in the moderate high range. The left ventricle continues to get thicker (concentric left ventricular hypertrophy) and that has caused diastolic dysfunction. The cardiologist has had me on differant heart meds trying to keep my blood pressure regulated. I'm on a beta blocker and a calcium channel blocker. In the past I was on an ace inhibitor. He is thinking of switching my meds again.
NSAIDS and fibro meds can contribute to elevated blood pressure, so does prednisone that I sometimes use for the MCTD. Luckily the Methotrexate doesn't increase blood pressure. I plan to wean off the Savella in the near future. I had not noticed a elevation in my pressure
while on it.
I'm not overweight, exercise faithfully and watch my sodium intake.
I think it is important to monitor your blood pressure. I've been on blood pressure meds from the time the hypertension has started. Beware of meds that can cause it. In my case, systemic autoimmune disease has played a role too.
Hugs, Robin
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   Posted 4/15/2013 5:47 PM (GMT -7)   
My Kidney doctor took me off all NSAIDS thanks to protein spill.
She tried to put me on an ACE inhibitor but it reacted bad with my asthma.

My BP was always on the low end of normal, but if I'm sick and hurting it definitely rises.
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   Posted 4/15/2013 6:03 PM (GMT -7)   
Ditto. I have been noticing it rising over the past year, and I am connecting it to increased crohns pain.
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   Posted 4/16/2013 6:34 AM (GMT -7)   
Robin, when I'm in extreme pain, yes it actually affect everything. My blood sugar goes wacko too. But when my pain is under control my blood pressure is normal to low. It used to be high but I was extremely overweight. I was taking BP meds and a diuretic back then. I lost the weight and my BP is fine now and I don't take any medication for it. I know this isn't what is causing your problem.

I think, unfortunately, genetics can play into this. Some people are predisposed to high blood pressure I think. My husband was. He started on high blood pressure meds in his early 30's. His parents both had high blood pressure and one of my children is on BP medication. Maybe someone down the line in your roots had this problem and you inherited it. Also, medications might cause this type of thing but I know you need to take the meds as directed for all of your problems.

Have you bounced this off your doctor? Does he/she have any suggestions?

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   Posted 4/16/2013 7:00 AM (GMT -7)   
I agree with Sherrine, this is something to talk to your cardiologists about or pain management doctor, I do believe medications can cause raised blood pressure especially decongestants, My hubby had an office visit once with his pcp and his blood pressure was high but my hubby was on decongestant and once he stopped that medication his blood pressure returned to normal... so I do believe it can be caused by medications...
I'm on the low end for blood pressure so a normal reading can be high for me, I can run 101/60, twice I was 97/ 120 over 70 can be high for me...I sure hope your doing better soon, many well wishes and prayers...
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   Posted 4/16/2013 7:24 AM (GMT -7)   
I see my cardiologist quite often...I've had 6 echo cardiograms and a nuclear stress test in the last 2 years.

There are a number of factors that play into my heart disease. Yes, there is a genetic component. Scleroderma can be factored in because it can cause fibrosis of internal organs. Pain and medications also are considered. I can not take decongestants at all, any OVC drugs must be approved by my docs. Stress is a huge factor and I work hard to try to keep that under control but am not always successful in spite of daily exercise and relaxation therapy. My weight is good and watch my sodium, and have really cut back on saturated fats. I also work hard at trying to distract pain, both the physical and emotional pain of juggling the myriad of health concerns.

Thanks for the well wishes and prayers. One day at a time :)

hugs, Robin :-)
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Post Edited (crazykitty) : 4/16/2013 8:29:44 AM (GMT-6)

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