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I would appreciate it if anyone could advise me on the following. I am a 40 year old male who has suffered from fairly severe anxiety problems for most of my life. I also suffered regular migraines. I have been under my gp for many years with various ailments such as dizziness, lightheadiness, stress, ocd, aches and pains everywhere, fear of dying.

I went to see a psychologist and they decided i had (somertization disorder sorry about spelling). I have been on blood pressure tablets for 11 years but changed to beta-blockers (bisoprolol) 3 years ago as my previous meds seemed to be causing the dizziness. These worked fine for almost 3 years with my blood pressure regularly under 120/80 with a 45 to 50 beat per minute heart rate. Then 3 months ago my old symptons seemed to appear again and my bp shot up to about 145-150/ 90-95.

I then had to also start taking some new meds for my various anxiety symptoms (effexor xl) 150mg daily which are slowly starting to work as i have been on them almost 3 months but my blood pressure always seems now to be constantly high, averaging 145-155/84-94 with a heart rate of 55-60 where before it was always under 50 because of the beta-blockers.

I measure my bp at home at various times of the day and if i take it in my right arm it sometimes says 150/88, then if i take it in my left arm it is almost a normal reading somewhere around 125-135/77-84. Then if i take it again in my right arm it will then say something140/85.

What i cannot work out is why are my readings inconsistent? Why is my right arm reading always between 10-20 higher than my left arm reading? And why have i got high blood pressure when i do it in my right arm but normal blood pressure when i do it in my left arm? Do i actually have high blood pressure?

When i told my gp he did'nt seem to know the answer, but when he tried it the readings were pretty similar. By the way my monitor is one that you wrap around the top of your arm.

I would appreciate any feedback. Many Thanks. Jammann
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I would appreciate it if anyone could advise me on the following. I am a 40 year old male who has suffered from fairly severe anxiety problems for most of my life. I also suffered regular migraines. I have been under my gp for many years with various ailments such as dizziness, lightheadiness, stress, ocd, aches and pains everywhere, fear of dying.

I went to see a psychologist and they decided i had (somertization disorder sorry about spelling). I have been on blood pressure tablets for 11 years but changed to beta-blockers (bisoprolol) 3 years ago as my previous meds seemed to be causing the dizziness. These worked fine for almost 3 years with my blood pressure regularly under 120/80 with a 45 to 50 beat per minute heart rate. Then 3 months ago my old symptons seemed to appear again and my bp shot up to about 145-150/ 90-95.

I then had to also start taking some new meds for my various anxiety symptoms (effexor xl) 150mg daily which are slowly starting to work as i have been on them almost 3 months but my blood pressure always seems now to be constantly high, averaging 145-155/84-94 with a heart rate of 55-60 where before it was always under 50 because of the beta-blockers.

I measure my bp at home at various times of the day and if i take it in my right arm it sometimes says 150/88, then if i take it in my left arm it is almost a normal reading somewhere around 125-135/77-84. Then if i take it again in my right arm it will then say something140/85.

What i cannot work out is why are my readings inconsistent? Why is my right arm reading always between 10-20 higher than my left arm reading? And why have i got high blood pressure when i do it in my right arm but normal blood pressure when i do it in my left arm? Do i actually have high blood pressure?

When i told my gp he did'nt seem to know the answer, but when he tried it the readings were pretty similar. By the way my monitor is one that you wrap around the top of your arm.

I would appreciate any feedback. Many Thanks. Jammann


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Hi Jam,

Have you been checked for Lyme Disease? If you were out camping in deer-counrty before these symptoms began, it might be good to get the blood test. The aches and pains have to be figured out

When you take your blood pressure are you relaxed and sitting comfortably
with no fussing to put on the armband? Is your arm resting on a table at about the level of your heart? If it is slower, your BP will be reading higher.

If you take your bp more than once after you have relaxed even more,
does the number get lower?
Have you compared your readings at home to those taken at the free machines at your local pharmacy?
If you are getting some lower readings like 125/74 then you can do it again
if you prepare for the test in the same way. The meds you take to control things like OCD can affect your BP

Anxiety can play a part in high readings, because fears often cause a tightening of your muscles. To prove this, just make a fist on the arm as you are being tested.

Meds that lower your pulse rate can also lower your BP, but that is a
less than natural reading. As long as you do not feel dizzy when you stand up
quickly from a crouched position, your heart is reponding properly to the
demands put on it.
Your diet needs to ensure that you are getting Omega 3 fatty acids and sufficient Vitamin B12. Fast food willl not do it.

Good luck..
Ron