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{December 27, 2011}   Under Pressure

No…that title is NOT referring to the song made famous by Queen and David Bowie. It’s referring both to blood pressure and being under pressure due to it.
Most people who read my blog on a regular basis probably know i’m a bigger girl and may know about my thyroid problem. Despite being a plus sized person for a majority of my life, I have always had good blood pressure readings. It just has never been an issue for me, until last night.
I have been feeling ok lately except for my feet swelling a lot in the past week and a half. That’s  something I have dealt with before and my mom, an ex nurse, always reassured me that it was probably due to my weight. Last night, I was visiting with family and I decided to use my nanny’s blood pressure monitor to check my pressure, just for the heck of it and no concern that it would be high. I took it and saw it was 184/102. Shocked, I asked my mom if the monitor was working, really hoping to hear it was broken. Unfortunately, the words I heard didn’t match my wish. It WAS working and when my mom saw how high it was, she immediately wanted me to go to the ER. Definitely NOT the place I wanted to be at 8:30 at night the day after Christmas when I want to be spending time with family. I ended up going, though, with one of my nieces (who is also my best friend) in tow.
I really felt almost stupid to be there, but it was better to be safe than sorry. While waiting, my husband slipped on the grass outside and got the back of him all dirty and ended up going home to clean up and change. Luckily, my mom went with me,too,so she could go back there with me and see what they said.
After all was said and done, I ended up arriving home around 3 a.m. with a diagnosis of pre-hypertension(to be confirmed) and a toothache caused by a fractured tooth that I had mistaken for an abscess. The hypertension could have been caused by stress, the fact both my mom and grandpa had high blood pressure, my weight, or pain from my tooth. All my lab work looked good so now it’s a matter of taking an antibiotic for my tooth so I can get it removed and keeping track of my blood pressure and following up with my doctor in a couple weeks.
They released me with orders to return should I experience a one sided headache, dizziness, nausea, vomiting,etc. which could be sides of a possible stroke due to high blood pressure. Fortunately, I haven’t experienced any of those things. Looking back on yesterday and the day before, I remember being dizzy and having to sit down at my in laws, waking up with a headache and taking advil before heading back to sleep and then re-waking with nausea, so the fact that my blood pressure could have been so high before and had I decided to push myself more and possibly dance to the wii or something, thereby causing a stroke, scares me. Could it have been more than a coincidence that I checked my blood pressure when I did and what would have happened had I not done so?
I’m only 28 years old. Last night was a sobering and scary experience and it’s not over yet. My blood pressure has been fluctuating all day and at times, it has been dangerously high. I am really praying that it’s just cause of my tooth and I still have years before actually going through hypertension.
Crossing my fingers that things will get better soon!

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I think you’ve got a lot of reasons to have high blood pressure right now. A visiting family can be stressful, pain and infection from a toothache will do it. When I had excruciating back pain, my blood pressure was quite high and I couldn’t get it down no matter how hard I relaxed. With no pain, it’s closer to normal. Eating a very salty diet will do it, so you’ll want to check your salt intake and eat bananas! Potassium apparently works very well and if you eat a couple of bananas every day. Most of all, relax and destress. And monitor your pressure every day. Good luck with that, I come from a high blood pressure family and by my age, everyone else in my family had been taking blood pressure medication for several years, so I’m lucky so far.



If only I liked bananas…lol
The first day I took a blood pressure pill, it didn’t seem to be working until over 12 hours later(which I guess meant it was slow acting?) and then it went too low…so I didn’t take another one the next day until it started going up and I just took a half instead of a whole and it seemed to work well. Yesterday and today, I haven’t taken any at all because my blood pressure has been staying pretty normal, it got up a little high for me but not bad enough that I felt it warranted medicine. I check it several times a day to keep an eye on it, though. I am hoping taking the antibiotic for the tooth and then eventually, getting it removed, will bring everything back under control.



Glad you got out of the ER ok! Sounds really scary to have to rush there all of a sudden right after Christmas of all times. 😦



I wasn’t THAT scared until I finally got back there and they wanted bloodwork and everything…..then I got kind of freaked out. Things have been getting better with my blood pressure, though, so I am hoping once I get my fractured tooth removed, I will be fine.



eof737 says:

Get better soon. Take the rest you need and enjoy the end of the year. Happy Holidays! 😦



Thanks! Now that all my family is gone, I am getting plenty of rest…although, I would rather have them here, of course!



Switch to “lite salt” if you use salt at all because light salt is part potassium salt (read labels when picking one) and there are other foods high in potassium besides bananas. I’m thinking apricots, yams, etc. Here’s hoping your BP will be fine after you recover from tooth ailments. It’s good that you thought to check it.



It’s doing a little better now, but I’m keeping an eye on it. I like apricots…not so much for the yams, though….I get my tooth looked at on Thursday morning, so here’s hoping that makes a difference!



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