Posted by Dave Smith
on January 20, 2000 at 12:10:59:
In Reply to: Re: My experience with HBP and anxiety posted by Bettsey on December 01, 1999 at 17:50:29:
: : : Tom,
: : : My doctor told me if you think you have high blood pressure you have it. I have been trying to forget about it & go on with my life. I have seen it signficantly lower in the past month (in the 130 over 85 range). It was 150 over 101 for 2 straight months. Have you been taking Potassium, Omega 3, and Garlic? These supplements have really helped me. Also, be sure to lay off caffeine. I was drinking way too much coffee and experienced a panic attack one night after having a double latte. My heart was pounding and I could barely breath. I started sweating profusely. I really thought I was going to die. I called paged my doctor and he said to calm down because this happens to people all the time. My doctor told me if my bp does not go down in the next 3 months, she wants to put me on medication. I don't think I want to. Good luck and stay calm! (Try Yoga, this really calms your mind)
: : : : I was diagnosed with HBP about 2 years ago, my whole family suffers with this too. I was given 10mg of something
: : : : back then and watched my BP carefully over the 1997-1998 year ... always seem to stay the same about 170/90,
: : : : well I got lazy and stopped taking medication and just kept an eye on my BP every once in a while. Still 170/90 average.
: : : : About two weeks ago, I was settling down to watch Sunday Night Football, grabbed some pretzels and some
: : : : steamed shrimp leftover in the fridge from the night before. I caught myself saying 'sheesh, I hope the shrimp isn't bad
: : : : or tainted by now', after eating about 15 of them. Well, within seconds, I caught myself having my first ever PANIC
: : : : attack. Had to lie down and catch my breath. Well, for the next week I was constantly feeling light headed and
: : : : getting panic attacks about 4-5 times per day, especially when I started thinking about sickness, death, tumors,
: : : : you know, the 'what's wrong with me' syndrome. I could feel my BP rising.
: : : : I made an appointment at with my Doctor and went. Sitting down the Nurse took my BP and it was 180/102. Yea, high,
: : : : but maybe normal for me being in a Doctor's office being that I have white coat syndrome. I was OK with that
: : : : though. Upon entry of my Doctor into the examination room, he preceeded to tell my that I was a great candidate
: : : : for heart attack, stroke, my liver could be blocked etc. OK I was scared. I was sweating and feeling faint.
: : : : Then he took my BP.
: : : : Yea, right ... It was by this time 240/120 ... he wanted me to go to ER ... I said nope, I am going to lay down on
: : : : this table for about 10 minutes, calm down and then take my BP again. He did and it was 180/105. He prescribed
: : : : Norvasc 5 mg, and sent me on my way with an appointment a few days later. Of course, I felt terrible the remainder
: : : : of the day, had a few panic attacks etc. (This was 19 November 1999) ... My next appoinment is Monday,
: : : : 22 November 1999. This time I am going to tell him to take my BP before he says anything at all. Then he is free
: : : : to scare me to death.
: : : : Anyway, my BP is averaging about 160/105 right now and I am sure that it fluctuates wildly, especially when thinking
: : : : about it. When I feel my BP is higher, I lay down and meditate, try to control my pulse and my thoughts a little,
: : : : and after about 1/2 hour seems to work somewhat.
: : : : My experience with Norvasc so far is that my body seems have more of a fluid feel to it, in the arms and
: : : : legs/feet. And I feel tired more now, since the visit Friday to the Doc, than I have before. I am going to ask him
: : : : to change it to a beta blocker, which too, may help me with the panic attacks.
: : : : I think that one of th main battles with HBP is in the mind. Or that is what I think ...
: : : : Tom
: : I have anxiety and panic attacks. The panic has been under control for several years but I still have anxiety over almost anything and everything.
: : I recently had my first experience with an episode of atrial fibrillation which, I'm told, was brought on from high blood pressure. I am now on atenelol 50 mg. in the mornings and 25mg.
: : in the evenings. I told my doctor that I thought that my hbp was caused by my almost constant anxiety about something. He agreed that it sounded like a good explanation. I know for a fact that when my anxiety is high, my bp goes up right along with it. I believe that I must control the anxiety along with the hbp in order to be successful with lowering the bp.
: Sounds to me like you need something to control the anxiety and then maybe the blood pressure would regulate. Ever think of trying XANAX. Just a thought, since I have the same problem.
: I was on Atenolol 25mg for borderline HBP. Just before gall bladder surgery I experienced an anxiety attack due to Vertigo. Since then I was put on 50mg Atenolol, Procardia 30mg and Xanax. I could not even walk. The Atenolol fatigued me to the point my back muscles gave out. I am still on Xanax and Procardia and my pressure is 130-135 over 70-80. It had been spiking on Atenolol from 117/81 to 190/110 and everything in between. The Xanax will stop the anxiety but you will be weak for a while.