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30yo female with chest/neck pain and high BP

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  • Posted By: firewoman30
  • February 16, 2009
  • 02:15 PM

I am a 30yo female who is 5'5", 200 pounds. Other than my weight, allergies, and Fibromyalgia I have always been healthy, in fact I lost 30 pounds last year. My BP is normally 110/70 or lower, cholesterol and other blood tests are good. I don't eat a well balanced diet, but don't eat or drink many things I shouldn't, no fried food, junk food, added salt or sugar, or soda. I eat alot of oatmeal (with Splenda), yogurt, and Special K. My parents both have high BP, both of my grandfathers had heart attacks in their forties, also my half-brother died unexpectedly from a heart attack at the age of 28. I am a volunteer firefighter. Last Saturday I was at a fire wearing 30 pounds of gear and carried a 70 pound pack, 300 yards through a foot of snow. I was of course a little winded after that, but felt fine after a few minutes. Then about twenty minutes later I got suddenly really dizzy, my head felt like a deflated basketball that someone was squishing. I thought it was just a weird feeling that would go away, but I realized within seconds it wasn't going to go away and I was going to go down. I sat down and everything got really weird, like I wasn't fully aware of what was going on around me. They got an EMT back to me in about ten minutes and my BP was 210/120. This is like a half hour after carrying the pack. They escorted me out to the ambulance gave me O2 and tried to get my BP down. They got it down to 170/105, pulse 105. I was calm, it takes a lot to get me worked up. Anyways, fire chief insisted on me going to hospital. I got there still with the same vitals and they basically said "you are 30yo, your BP is high, you will need to be put on medications." I explained to them that my BP is never high and that I get it checked regularly at my ENT's office (go to ENT for allergies), two weeks previous it was 110/70. They ran an EKG and blood tests which were normal and they discharged me four hours after carrying the pack, saying follow up with family doctor. So 2 days later (Mon) I go see my doctor, who basically says the same thing as the ER and knows my family history. She orders a 24 hour BP monitor for Thur and a stress test in two weeks, sends me home with no meds, because I expressed to her my concern about my BP normally being low. She doesn't know my normal BP because I don't see her much. Anyways my BP stay in the 160-170/90-100 range for the next few days. Wed my BP stays above 170/100 for a few hours, then I started getting really bad right chest/arm/neck pain, sweaty, clammy, shaky, and unable to concentrate. The nurses at work talked me in to going back to the hospital. They again ran EKG, blood tests, and this time a chest xray. Everything was normal and they sent me home with Lisinopril 20mg. That brought down my BP to below 120/80, but I am still having periods of severe chest /neck/arm pain. I don't know what I should do to make sure they don't ignore what the cause of this it. I don't think it is just a matter of family history and weight. That is too much change from what it was only two weeks previous. I am feeling realy frustrated and would appreciate any input.

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  • I am a 30yo female who is 5'5", 200 pounds. Other than my weight, allergies, and Fibromyalgia I have always been healthy, in fact I lost 30 pounds last year. My BP is normally 110/70 or lower, cholesterol and other blood tests are good. I don't eat a well balanced diet, but don't eat or drink many things I shouldn't, no fried food, junk food, added salt or sugar, or soda. I eat alot of oatmeal (with Splenda), yogurt, and Special K. My parents both have high BP, both of my grandfathers had heart attacks in their forties, also my half-brother died unexpectedly from a heart attack at the age of 28. I am a volunteer firefighter. Last Saturday I was at a fire wearing 30 pounds of gear and carried a 70 pound pack, 300 yards through a foot of snow. I was of course a little winded after that, but felt fine after a few minutes. Then about twenty minutes later I got suddenly really dizzy, my head felt like a deflated basketball that someone was squishing. I thought it was just a weird feeling that would go away, but I realized within seconds it wasn't going to go away and I was going to go down. I sat down and everything got really weird, like I wasn't fully aware of what was going on around me. They got an EMT back to me in about ten minutes and my BP was 210/120. This is like a half hour after carrying the pack. They escorted me out to the ambulance gave me O2 and tried to get my BP down. They got it down to 170/105, pulse 105. I was calm, it takes a lot to get me worked up. Anyways, fire chief insisted on me going to hospital. I got there still with the same vitals and they basically said "you are 30yo, your BP is high, you will need to be put on medications." I explained to them that my BP is never high and that I get it checked regularly at my ENT's office (go to ENT for allergies), two weeks previous it was 110/70. They ran an EKG and blood tests which were normal and they discharged me four hours after carrying the pack, saying follow up with family doctor. So 2 days later (Mon) I go see my doctor, who basically says the same thing as the ER and knows my family history. She orders a 24 hour BP monitor for Thur and a stress test in two weeks, sends me home with no meds, because I expressed to her my concern about my BP normally being low. She doesn't know my normal BP because I don't see her much. Anyways my BP stay in the 160-170/90-100 range for the next few days. Wed my BP stays above 170/100 for a few hours, then I started getting really bad right chest/arm/neck pain, sweaty, clammy, shaky, and unable to concentrate. The nurses at work talked me in to going back to the hospital. They again ran EKG, blood tests, and this time a chest xray. Everything was normal and they sent me home with Lisinopril 20mg. That brought down my BP to below 120/80, but I am still having periods of severe chest /neck/arm pain. I don't know what I should do to make sure they don't ignore what the cause of this it. I don't think it is just a matter of family history and weight. That is too much change from what it was only two weeks previous. I am feeling realy frustrated and would appreciate any input. *******************************************************Cut out the SPLENDA (sucralose) and EQUAL (aspartame if you use it). Not saying that is causing your problems, but if you look up "dangers of splenda or dangers of artificial sweetners" I think you will be shocked. Pure poison. I feel much better since I stopped using them. This includes diet drinks, sugar free candy, gum, etc. STEVIA is a safe alternative but not available in food or drinks only as an additive. Funny thing is Stevia has been proven safe in China with no side effects but the FDA will not allow it to be put in food or drinks in the U.S. When sucralose (Splenda)was discovered, they were trying to develop an INSECTICIDE. Even though packaging says it is made from sugar, it is so chemically altered that it in no way, shape or form resembles sugar. It contains CHLORIDE. Worst of all, it is being deemed "safe" for our children. Equal (aspartame) is as bad but for different reasons. I believe it turns into formaldehyde in your body. That's nice, let's go ahead and embalm ourselves!
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  • Some kind of sympathetic nervous system dysfunction can cause dysregulated BP and very high BP spikes to the point it can be life threatening. I have SNS dysfunction which does that (thou not quite as high as yours). Like you, my BP is right down when Im not having issues with the high BP. Your chest, neck and arm pain which is there even when BP is fine, I wonder if could be a worsening of your FM... I too suggest cutting out the SPLENDA in case its causing the SNS dysfunction.
    taniaaust1 2267 Replies Flag this Response
  • Take note that you should always monitor your cholesterol levels in the blood both good and bad cholesterol. You mentioned that you have good BP and cholesterol levels but every week or even everyday, high cholesterol signs can change based on the previous food that you have taken. It is essential also that you check out your heart beat rate to see if you are hypertensive.
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