Ive suspected for about six mths now that I have some kind of heart or BP problem going on. I come to think that after noting I have POTS (my heart beat can increase up to 50 beats a minute to what it previously was, just on standing, I manually took my pulse with my fingers).
After this incident I started taking my pulse, along with my BP, every time I stayed at my nannas with her BP monitor and during this found out that I had HUGE variations on what the reading would be (thou I wasnt being active at any of these times). Some times on standing, my heart was missing beats.. hence at such times causing the monitor to come up error (it beeps with the heart beats so I could tell when it was missing). (I'd noted at this point that my BP can vary from 80/60 to 158/100)
To cut a long story short, last week I was part of a CFS study and they did some BP tests there. My BP was great 136/80. They then got me (while I was still sitting) to squeeze something with one hand continously for 2 mins (at quarter of my hand strength which had been previously tested to guage what that was). My BP was taken again right at the end of that squeezing with my hand. My BP at that point was 138/115.
My question is .. would one expect ones lower BP reading to go up to 115 from only 80.. just from squeezing something for 2 minutes??????????? Is this normal????
The other thing I noticed while wearing a BP monitor (from the hospital).. was that after it constantly faulted while I was wearing it while at my most active during the 24 hrs (I was at a market at the time).... when I got home and relaxed.. and then was standing just chatting relaxed to my sister.. my lower BP reading was 136/117 .. half an hour later my Diastolic pressure reading was down to 110.
Is it likely that the hospital would end up saying I have a BP issue??? if so what??? (as I said, at other times my BP is normal.. it seems to be fluctuating all over the place). As these tests were done as part of a CFS study, i dont even know for sure if I'll end up getting my BP results.
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