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Sudden onset of high blood pressure

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 18, 2009
  • 03:27 PM

I went to the doctors yesterday for a simple bug bite and when the doctor took my blood pressure he was a little baffled that my blood pressure was 160/60. I explained to him that over the past 2 weeks I have been having slight dizzy spells along with periodic vision changes that were a little irritating. He asked if I had shortness of breath which I normally do because I am a smoker. He made me go to the ER. I went and they took my BP again and it was at 148/110. They took blood and hooked me up to an EKG. EKG came back fine, blood work came back fine except for my potassium was a little low. Gave me fluids, took BP again and it was 140/90. Then released me. I am very concerned about this and am waiting on a call back from my doctor. I have never in my life had any problems with my BP. In fact sometimes it seems a little low.
I am still feeling bad, vision changes are continuing, slight headache that comes and goes, tired, slight dizziness with vision changes. Can anyone please shed some light on this for me? I was actually very surprised that the hospital did not do any other testing, no urine, no chest x-ray nothing.
I am 31 year old female in decent good health. I have been diagnosed with what the doctors claim to be IBS. Not overweight, I do smoke, drink occasionally, I have stress but nothing that I cannot control.

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  • Would you please extend greater clarification regarding the changes in your vision. Specifically what kind of vision changes? Where do the headaches occur and what characteristics do the headaches produce? Is the pain sharp and throbbing, or dull and more constant? Where is the pain and does it spread over time or remain isolated? Do you experience any type of visual auras or other symptoms prior to the onset of the headaches? Your potassium level in this instance would be entirely unremarkable and not associated with the symptoms. I have to tell you that at first glance of the readings, they appear to be consistent with whitecoat hypertension or in other words, elevated BP of a certain pattern that results from being at the doctor's office or hospital. It would be of value for you to take your own blood pressure using a reliable monitor and establish a specific time each day to take readings. Make certain to sit still for at least 20 minutes before taking readings and use the same method each time. Keeping a log of the readings over the course of 8 weeks or so will help your doctor determine whether primary hypertension is evident and treatment necessary. Best regards, J Cottle, MD
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  • It might seem obvious but have you been tested for diabetes?Are you currently taking any medications including birth control?Have no notice any sudden weight gain or weight loss?Do you think there is a connection between these symptoms and the symptoms that doctors think are I.B.S or you do think its unrelated?
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  • Also do you have any unusual skin markings?
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  • Hi,Licorice ingestion causes high blood pressure and can be very dangerous. Please read the ingredients of everything you are eating and drinking and see if it contains licorice (especially candy, supplements, tea -- it may not be in the title, but still in the ingredients). Here is a good article on it written by a biochemist, but also Google "licorice toxicity." It's very common in Europe, but not in the US because most licorice here has had the active (or toxic) ingredient taken out -- but more and more real licorice is used. Licorice is also in cigarettes, but probably not the cause of licorice poisioning says the biochemist. http://drholly.typepad.com/licorice/Do consider this and let me know if it helps. I had serious licorice toxicity, and the blood pressure returned to normal about 6 weeks after stopping it (unfortunately my other symptoms from it have not gone away yet, including weight gain, and it's been 4 months since stopping -- I consumed it inadvertantely for 8 years.)
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  • Hi again,I submitted that last post about licorice. I just reread your post and saw the low potassium reference. That is a classic sign of licorice poisoning and it could be life threatening. PLEASE do look into this and let me know. Licorice causes apparent mineralcortoid excess which affects the potassium/sodium balance in the body. In contrast to that last post, the potassium levels is very significant. Please let me know if this helps.
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  • Hi again,I submitted that last post about licorice. I just reread your post and saw the low potassium reference. That is a classic sign of licorice poisoning and it could be life threatening. PLEASE do look into this and let me know. Licorice causes apparent mineralcortoid excess which affects the potassium/sodium balance in the body. In contrast to that last post, the potassium levels is very significant. Please let me know if this helps.Have your adrenal glands investigated. I have the same thing. It took three years to get diagnosed. I have Hyperaldosteronism - excess production of aldosterone. Licorice is contraindicated for this condition. Please do not eat it. This is very treatable - could be caused by an adrenal tumor (usually benign).
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  • I went to the doctors yesterday for a simple bug bite and when the doctor took my blood pressure he was a little baffled that my blood pressure was 160/60. I explained to him that over the past 2 weeks I have been having slight dizzy spells along with periodic vision changes that were a little irritating. He asked if I had shortness of breath which I normally do because I am a smoker. He made me go to the ER. I went and they took my BP again and it was at 148/110. They took blood and hooked me up to an EKG. EKG came back fine, blood work came back fine except for my potassium was a little low. Gave me fluids, took BP again and it was 140/90. Then released me. I am very concerned about this and am waiting on a call back from my doctor. I have never in my life had any problems with my BP. In fact sometimes it seems a little low. I am still feeling bad, vision changes are continuing, slight headache that comes and goes, tired, slight dizziness with vision changes. Can anyone please shed some light on this for me? I was actually very surprised that the hospital did not do any other testing, no urine, no chest x-ray nothing. I am 31 year old female in decent good health. I have been diagnosed with what the doctors claim to be IBS. Not overweight, I do smoke, drink occasionally, I have stress but nothing that I cannot control.I had a similar experience. I went to the Doctor, he took my blood pressure and said " You have High Blood Pressure" . Prescibed me pills and said I have to take the pills for the rest of my life. I did my research and created this web site: Http://www.lowerbloodpressurewithoutdrugs.com . Take a look , it may not be for you, defienetly talk to your Doctor
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