Posted Today 11:10 AM (GMT -6) by operatic
I am so sorry you're dealing with this; I suffer from low BP, as well, and wish I could give you a definitive answer/cure, but I cannot, as I myself am still struggling.
I do have a few hints that might help ease things, though. First, stay hydrated. Try to keep water nearby and sip at it all day. Don't gulp it if you feel you haven't had enough, though, as this can sometimes bloat you and put pressure on the nerves in your lower body, exacerbating dizziness. If you're not doing the sipping thing already, just take time to train yourself into the habit.
Also, keep up on your electrolytes (but don't overdo!). You can research which foods/drinks have them and find ways to fit them into your diet. I find a banana is a "grounding" food, as in, when I eat one, my systems seem to chill a bit. Keep something on hand at all times, too, in case you need some quick calories (the market is full of great energy bars right now, that aren't full of garbage and are simple whole foods, or you can make your own). Often just a small bit of food and water can stabilize you.
It might take some time, but try to train yourself to get up slowly from a seated position, and when you get up from lying down, go to a seated position before standing up. I'm still forgetting this one, and it's very annoying.
In addition, try to avoid long, hot showers if you don't already. These can really exacerbate dizziness.
I had the same trouble you are having in that breathing exercises often made things worse, but I encourage you to keep experimenting. I find an inhale through the nose for a gentle count of four, holding the breath for another count of four, and then an easy exhale out the mouth over a count of eight does actually help (sometimes, not always...blergh). But there are many types of these exercises out there, and you might have to try a few before you find one (or a few) that helps. Youtube is also a great resource for meditation/relaxation stuff. Again, it might take a few tries to find something that fits you.
Last, keep posting here! I have found this board to be full of compassionate, understanding, and wise people who really get it and don't judge. :) And if nothing works for you after a decent period of experimentation (whatever that is to you) do go back to the doctor to make sure there isn't a clinical solution.
I do feel your pain! There are times when simply walking the dog around the block is a terrifying experience. I have powered through it, so far, but it really wears on you, body and soul. I don't know what your belief system is, but a friend suggested to me that I ask "the angels around" me for help before embarking on a walk. I'm not sure what to believe, but I do ask for help anyway (it couldn't hurt), and the feeling that I have invisible but potent energies beside me can be comforting.
Sorry for the novel...it's just that this subject is one that is so painfully familiar to me, and I know how awful it is. Best wishes.<!-- Edit -->
Post Edited (operatic) : 6/15/2014 11:13:13 AM (GMT-6)