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Posted by sue on March 14, 2000 at 00:14:52:

In Reply to: could my hbp be caused by something else? posted by shelly on March 11, 2000 at 19:21:46:

: I am a 30 yr old female,I had a baby 6 months ago and have a bp of 150/100 although I know it sometimes goes higher.I am 5'6" and 163lbs.My heart pounds even when I am sitting still. My headaches are terrible and I have them more often than not.I also sweat alot especially at night. I get dizzy and I see little rainbow dots,I stay very very tired,and sometimes short of breath.My pulse rate stays around 115 when I am sitting, although sometimes I don't even have to feel my neck to take my pulse I can feel it in my head!sometimes my headaches are burning senations in the back of my neck and go through out my hands and feet tingle and a few times I felt and sounded drunk. NO, I don't drink or smoke.Occasionaly I even feel sick to my stomach.I had my thiroid checked and it was negative but the symptoms are so close.I hear adrenal tumors have very simular symptoms. Can any one help? I don't have the money to go from Dr. to Dr. and I am the mother of four children and I want to feel like myself again. And no, My children are not the cause of the hbp they are great! I am really scared I will have a stroke and I don't want to leave my kids without a mother.

Most of the symptoms that you describe match the symptoms of panic anxiety. The dizziness, headaches, pounding heart, tingling hand and feet
nausea, and shortness of breath all are panic symptoms. Have you spoken to your doctor about your symptoms? If you are having panic attacks - there are medications that can help control them.
Most panic attacks result from prolonged stress. You might need to look into how much stress you have in your life. If you have 4 children, including a 6 month old baby, I would venture to guess that you have a fair amount of stress whether you want to admit it or not. Speak to you doctor about this possibility. If panic anxiety IS the problem - it can be controlled with medications.

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