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Fatigue, HBP, Sweating, and more

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  • Posted By: Loriinohio
  • October 5, 2008
  • 09:55 PM

I have been struggling with high blood pressure for over a year. My doctor can't get my BP below 150/90 with medication. Even with medications my blood pressure fluctuates. It is normally higher in the morning. I can runs as high as 180/95 with medication. I am running out of medications to try. I've had severe side effect with ACE inhibiters and others.

The doctor ruled out kidney stenosis. We have ruled out sleep disorders. I am 75lbs overweight. I carry weight in my tummy and across my shoulders -- apple body shape. My weight has been the same for about 5 or 6 years. High blood pressure came on all the sudden about 1 1/2 years.

I have a feeling it has something to do with my hormones. I am 45 yrs old (my Mom went through menopause at 48). I am had my tubes tied - I am not pregnant. I've had all kinds of blood work and it has come back okay.

Here are my other symptoms:

Sweating ( whenever I have any physical activity - even standing)
Extreme fatigue - have to rest after walking across the room, rapid heart beat and out of breath with the slightest activity
Recently missed my period all together in September, I am having a very light period right now (periods are normally very heavy)
Tired and want to sleep but never sleep soundly
Bruising easily
Nervous, anxious
Restless leg syndrome - jittery
Acid Reflux - upset stomach - vomit once or twice a month
Lower back pain (lower left side)
Memory problems - very forgetful (highly unusual for me), slow to put together my thoughts (foggy), trouble remembering words or how to spell (again highly unusual for me)
Dizzy, lightheaded
Depressed - weepy - easily agitate/anger (anger is very rare for me)
Feet swell and hurt
Body aches - muscles, joints, stiff

I am on several medications right now:
Prisitq (used to take Cymbalta recently switched to Prisitq - taken an antidepressant for 10yrs or so. Doctor thought Prisitq might help with the sweating and depression)
Tekturn & Mazxide
Adderral (for ADHD) - taken for years

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  • Have you seen a dr that specializes in the glands and/or hormonal disorders ? The thyroid and adrenals can cause many of the symptoms you mentioned. Have you been cleared of those disorders? So can a hidden infection.You mention being on antidepressants for 10 yrs, is that when alot of the symptoms started, 10 yrs ago? Were you dx'd with Fibro or Chronic Fatigue? This sounds similar to me.Hidden infections, bacterial and viral, can cause alot of the symptoms mentioned. Yeast, molds, & food allergies can too. Were you tested for anything like that? How abt any tick born infections, there are many besides Lyme. Your mention of foot problems and anger/rage bring Bartonella to mind. Not everyone notices a tick bite, they don't always get the bullseye rash. If you think it might be possible, there is a site with lots of info and careing people. www.lymenet.org/I am not a medical professional, just some one who has run the gamit for 15 yrs, of being sick without answers. Tired too, of hearing women told, its thier age, hormones, stress, empty or full nest{stress} syndrome, or depression. Hope you get it sorted out so you can feel better soon. Best wishes,~~JerseyLymie
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 6, 2008
    • 11:32 AM
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  • The lower back pain and constipation could be caused by diverticulosis (sp?) AND... you have MANY symptoms that could be caused by hypothyroidism. Have you been tested?
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 6, 2008
    • 09:26 PM
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  • I was test for thyroid and it was negative. I spoke with a doctor on this site yesterday and the thinks it is perimenopause and a condition called "crashing fatigue". He also thinks I need to see a cardiologist right away for my blood pressure. I have another doctor's appointment tomorrow. I will let you know what I find out. Thank you for your response!
    Loriinohio 2 Replies
    • October 6, 2008
    • 11:40 PM
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  • I am going to have hormone testing tomorrow. They ruled out lyme disease, ms, lupus and several other autoimmune disorders. I agree with you -- I am convince this has something to do with my hormones -- it may be perimenopause or it could have something to do with my adrenal glands. My blood pressure has been swinging all over the place. Yesterday morning it was 185/99 and by noon it was 145/80. It was high again in the evening. I stayed in bed all day so I can't figure out why it is swinging.
    Loriinohio 2 Replies
    • October 6, 2008
    • 11:43 PM
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  • here is a list of Lyme Disease symptoms: Persistent swollen glandsSore throatFeversSore soles, esp. in the AMJoint pain Fingers, toes Ankles, wrists Knees, elbows, Hips, shouldersJoint swelling Fingers, toes, Ankles, wristsJoint swelling Fingers, toes, Ankles, wrists, Knees, elbows, Hips, shouldersUnexplained back painStiffness of the joints or backMuscle pain or crampsObvious muscle weaknessTwitching of the face or othermusclesConfusion, difficulty thinkingDifficulty with concentration,reading, problem absorbingnew informationWord search, name blockForgetfulness, poor shortterm memory, poor attentionDisorientation: getting lost,going to wrong placesSpeech errors- wrong word,misspeakingMood swings, irritability,depressionAnxiety, panic attacksPsychosis (hallucinations,delusions, paranoia, bipolar)TremorSeizuresHeadacheLight sensitivitySound sensitivityVision: double, blurry,floatersEar pain
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • October 7, 2008
    • 06:30 AM
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  • Here's a good list of problems that can cause sudden hypertension: http://www.cnn.com/HEALTH/library/HQ/01345.html Best wishes.
    aquila 1,263 Replies
    • October 7, 2008
    • 07:34 PM
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  • So I was watching a cheesy medical mystery show and saw something that matched up with your symptoms a little bit:Pheochromocytoma/Anything that elevates adrenaline levels (hypoglycemia, stress, exercise, and drugs affecting the catecholamines like stimulants, methyldopa, dopamine agonists, or ganglion blocking antihypertensives) * Elevated heart rate * Elevated blood pressure, including paroxysmal (sporadic, episodic) high blood pressure, which sometimes can be more difficult to detect; another clue to the presence of pheochromocytoma is orthostatic hypotension (a fall in systolic blood pressure greater than 20 mmHg or a fall in diastolic blood pressure greater than 10 mmHg on making the patient stand) * Palpitations * Anxiety often resembling that of a panic attack (the girl in the TV show also had uncontrollable/unexplainable anger and rage issues that she wasn't prone to before) * Diaphoresis (excessive sweating) * Headaches * Pallor (pale color to skin) * Weight loss * Localized amyloid deposits found microscopically * Elevated blood glucose level (due primarily to catecholamine stimulation of lipolysis (breakdown of stored fat) leading to high levels of free fatty acids and the subsequent inhibition of glucose uptake by muscle cells. Further, stimulation of beta-adrenergic receptors leads to glycogenolysis and gluconeogenesis and thus elevation of blood glucose levels).It's probably nothing but ruling another thing out might be helpful.Have you had your urine or plasma tested for catecholamines and metanephrines? Hope this helps.
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