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Old 12-03-2004, 12:06 PM   #1
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HELP: Newly diagnosed

Hello: I really need some assistance as I can't help but think the worst. Three weeks ago I was newly diagnosed as having hypertensioin. I was habitually taking my blood pressure while I was pregnant. While I was pregnant my pressure was always low. I used to worry that it was too low like 90/60 ect. So out of pure habit, I jumped on the blood pressure machine three weeks after having the baby. What a shock to see my pressure at 180/100. I thought the machine was faulty. I went to the clinic to have it checked and there it was 200/110. Off to the emergency room with a panic attack and several tests to see what was wrong with me. I am only 33 years old. All the tests came back negative and I was put on 75 mgs of Toprol. Three weeks have gone by and my blood pressure is still so so high. Yesterday was 180/120. The Dr. gave up and sent me off to a specialist. I do not have that appointment til next Wednesday and the anxiety over what is wrong with me is not good for my blood pressure. What is wrong with me??? Why did I go my whole life with low pressure, even during a pregnancy, and now I have such high blood pressure. How could this come out of no where. Doesnt blood pressure generally creep up over years. My skyrocketted in just a few weeks. Why isn't the toprol helping lower it. Some days are ok, like 144/98, but then out of nowhere I'll have three days in a row with the really high readings I wrote of earlier in the post. Also I quit smoking. When I smoked I had low blood pressure. Has anyone ever heard of someone getting high blood pressure from quitting?? Has anyone ever heard of pregnancy hormonal changes causeing high blood pressure?? OR, is something else severly wrong with me and why can't a dr. figure it out. I'm really scared as he seems to be dumbfounded on this. I just can't wait til Wednesday to hear what the specialist says. I'm sure he'll simply take a bunch of more tests and then I'll be stuck waiting again for those results. Like I said my anxiety levels are so bad I feel like I'm going to explode. Oh and yes, I'm on anit anxiety meds as well. Please help me figure this out. thanks.

 
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Old 12-03-2004, 12:36 PM   #2
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Re: HELP: Newly diagnosed

I have never been pregnant, but I hear that your homones go all crazy during and after pregnacy. It may just be that your body needs to adjust to not being pregnant any more.

Are you feeling stressful at being a new mother? There are a lot of changes going on in your life with a new baby, and maybe you worry about the baby if it cries, etc?

You are also getting yourself in an anxiety loop. Your bp is up, so you get anxious about it, so your bp goes higher, so you get more anxious, etc.

Beta blockers, which Toprol is, have an anti-anxiety side effect, which is probably why your doctor chose that drug. But, maybe it isn't working for you, or as in my case, maybe it is raising your blood pressure. Maybe as an experiment you might want to cut down to 50 mg of Toprol one or two days and see what happens. Monitor your bp when you try this. If it gets worse, you can always go back up to 75. Whatever you do, don't just stop taking the drug. You have to go off beta blockers gradually.

I have never been a smoker either, but if you suddenly just quit smoking, you might be having a nicotine withdrawal, I don't know. What do the ex-smokers on this board think?

You say you are anti-anxiety medication too. Obviously it isn't working. Maybe you want to ask your doctor if it would be OK to temporarily increase the anti-anxiety med?

The best thing you can do is try to relax. I know that is very hard not to fixate on your bp, but you are probably making it worse by doing so. If you can, get out and go for a walk or try some other mild exercise for 20 or 30 minutes.

Hopefully the specialist can give you some insight to what is happening. Good luck. Let us know how it goes.

 
Old 12-03-2004, 01:05 PM   #3
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Re: HELP: Newly diagnosed

Dort,

Try not to panic...There IS a phenomenon called post partum hypertension (not uncommon!) and it is usually transient.

Here are a list of threads that were posted on this board in the past about the very thing you may be going through:

[url]http://www.healthboards.com/boards/search.php?searchid=381547[/url]

Mostly check out the posts and replies by Mum2. The very first thread doesn't deal with the subject much..so you can skip it.

(Links here are not clickable so you'll have to copy and paste the URL into your address bar)

Also, try the Pregnancy Board. I'll bet you'll get some "hits' there too.

zuzu xx

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Old 12-03-2004, 01:18 PM   #4
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P.S. Start with the earlier posts first so you can follow the "continuity" of the dialogue!

 
Old 12-03-2004, 01:50 PM   #5
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Okay, relax. Have someone else look after the baby and go soak in a nice warm bath for 15 minutes. I'm not kidding. Yesterday when I did that my blood pressure went down 40/20 points. And it took hours to come back up. In fact, it still hasn't come back to the level it was before that bath.

I'm not saying this isn't something which needs looking into, but your anxiety is no doubt making your blood pressure go up even more. Until you have your appointment with the specialist, try to avoid things which you think might cause more anxiety. With a new baby, I know life is probably chaotic in your household, but try to control the things you can. I know that my blood pressure goes up much more if I watch news on TV than if I read it on the web or in the newspaper. I can calm myself and lower my blood pressure by listening to soft, classical music; fast, loud music raises it. If you think about it, you can probably correctly identify many of the things will raise and lower your own pressure.

By all means, check out the info zuzu has suggested. And I hope the specialist has some answers for you.

 
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