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Old 12-06-2008, 03:46 PM   #1
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I have low blood pressure but need lil help.

I'm 16 and I have low blood pressure but techniques that my doctor told me to do to prevent me fainting haven't worked. I was told to not stand for long periods of time, drink plenty of water and try to keep myself cool. I also eat bananas to maintain my potassium levels.

 
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Old 12-06-2008, 07:00 PM   #2
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Re: I have low blood pressure but need lil help.

Salt, especially if you're increasing your water intake. Salt boosts BP, that's why folks with high blood pressure have to go on low salt diets. Elevating the head of your bed can help in the mornings, eat 6 or 7 small meals rather than three big ones, be careful of hot water, showers, spas, etc.

And if you feel like you're going to faint - no matter where you are - LAY DOWN. You've got to get the blood back up to your brain or you'll have (like I did) an anoxic seizure, that's a seizure caused by lack of oxygen.


There are prescription medications you can take but they all have side effects and besides most folks your age outgrow low BP.

 
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Re: I have low blood pressure but need lil help.

great advice. i just wanted to ask whether or not your doc has ever actually looked for a possible reason for the low BP? it could be stemming from many different possibilities. its just 'not normal' for a kid your age to have this problem to this degree. have you seen any actual specialists for this? FB
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Re: I have low blood pressure but need lil help.

And if you have to stand for a while, move your legs a lot.

 
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Re: I have low blood pressure but need lil help.

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Originally Posted by janewhite1 View Post
And if you have to stand for a while, move your legs a lot.

Ooo! Yes! That's a big one!

I've had more attacks waiting in lines than I care to remember.

 
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