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.
Fibromyalgia, Adenocarcinoma survivor, Lung Lobectomy, Heart Disease, Pulmonary Hypertension,
MCTD (Lupus, Scleroderma and RA)
Raynaud's, Degenerative Disc Disease, Osteoarthritis,
Osteoporosis, Hypertension and Migraines
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