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High Systolic Pressure

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  • Posted By: Scribes890
  • June 29, 2008
  • 09:25 AM

In March 1998 I underwent major surgery for the removal of an acoustic neuroma at age 67. My BP on entering the theatre was 120/80. The following day my systolic reading was over 200 and I have been treated ever since with the usual drugs (CCB; etc) with little effect although my readings are, now, 150/80. Following the operation I suffered bacterial meningitis and my stay in hospital was 28 days instead of the usual 6. Also, and most bizzarely, I found that a quantity of flesh had been taken from my thigh and, presumably, stuffed into my head. There were 15 stitches on my thigh. I also suffered a broken facial nerve on which the neurosurgeon performed an inter-position graft using nerve fibre from my heel. This restored my facial features after a year for which I am thankful. From my investigations on the internet I have come to the conclusion that my post-operative problems are caused by pressure on the brain - at least that would explain the fact that my high systolic pressure appeared over-night. I cannot understand how I could have hardened arteries on Tuesday but perfectly normal arteries on the previous day! Is there an answer to this problem, please?

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