I have been having trouble with my back the last few years and have started using ice packs. I have high blood pressure for which I take medication. I decided to take my BP after having laid down on an ice pack between my shoulder blades for about 10 minutes. I was surprised to see a systolic reading of 170. This has happened a number of times. Does anyone else here have high blood pressure and been advised by their doctors about using ice for pain?
Location: San Francisco, California, United States
Re: Blood Pressure
Pain, like any type of stress, can cause your blood pressure to increase. I would suggest that the underlying pain for which you are icing is what is causing your blood pressure to go up, as opposed to the ice itself.
With a number that high, you might want to see your doctor for a blood pressure check.
Thanks for the replies. It seems that there is something called the "cold pressor test" in which a person submerges their hand in ice water. Apparently, the body causes a systemic rise in BP as a result of the cold temperature. I have tested this myself and it does seem to work. I also found online that people with hypertension should avoid using ice packs for extended periods because of this phenomenon. I guess we learn something new everyday.
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