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  • Posted By: firewoman30
  • February 16, 2009
  • 04:46 PM

I am 30yo female who until a few weeks ago had regular BP's in the 110/70 range. Last weekend I was at a fire and spiked to 210/120. Since then it has remained at 160-170/90-100. I was the the ER Sat, the night of the fire for a few hours, with high BP and pulse but no other symptoms. After EKG and blood tests I was released. Wed I had high BP and right chest/neck/pain along with being sweaty, clammy, shaky, and disoriented, and went back to the ER. I got another EKG and blood tests in addition to a chest xray. Everything was fine, they gave me BP meds. Now my BP is below 120/80, but I still am getting right neck/chest/arm pain, also am experiencing a weird sensation in my head. I don't even really know how to explain the sensation in my head, it is not really dizziness, it just feels not right, not painful, but feels like a deflated basketball or something. I don't know what I should do. I have a family history of heart and BP problems, so it is being treated as if that is the problem, but that doesn't explain why my BP a few weeks ago and always has been in the healthy range and has spike so high. I keep getting told by ER and family doc that I have family history and that is the answer and that I am 30 and it isn't anything to worry about. I feel ignored but don't know what I should do.

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  • Hi,I totally understand your frustration. I have exactly the same problem, only, I'm 26. The feeling you are having is from the blood pressure...what tends to help me is putting a cold compress on my neck, chest, and head, and put my feet in hot water. This in turn makes better circulation. I don't know what you diet is like and if you take any supplements or if you filter your drinking water...but I will tell you what I've been doing that has brought me some success. First of all, I started filtering my drinking water through a reverse osmosis filter. This might sound weird to some people (to think that something as simple as this might have an affect on health, esp. on blood pressure, but it does). Our drinking water has a lot of different chemicals that is used to treat the water, even if we boil that same water in our teapots, we are still getting those chemicals in our body and this along with other things leads to toxic buildup in our bodies and higher blood pressure, among other things. I also installed a shower filter (the best ones are from www.drmercola.com and Jonathan's beauty water system shower purification system (they are both under $100). A good vitamin that everyone should really take is coenzyme Q-10. I'm assuming that while you were in the emergency room, the also checked your kidney function and your cholesterol? If not, your blood pressure might be due to higher cholesterol or something going on with your kidneys. If you are a little bit overweight, that might also be the culprit. If you utilize a lot of salt...try to limit the amount of salt you are using, it helps control the blood pressure. Try to eat less sugar, it raises blood pressure. Try to eat low-fat food and smaller portions. One more thing is if you are on any medication whatsoever, I would highly recommend you do your own research and find out exactly what the side effects are. Good luck...I hope you feel better...Michellemichellemaghalyan@yahoo.com
    Anonymous 42,789 Replies
    • February 16, 2009
    • 11:39 PM
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  • What exactly were you doing prior to your BP spiking? What kind of physical activity were you doing?You do seem young to be having heart problems, but it can't be ruled out since your symptoms have to do with high blood pressure and chest pain and because of your family medical history. I probably spent about an hour researching acute hypertension and chest pain and of course most everything that came up was heart attack related, which I'm pretty sure the doctors would have found and easily diagnosed. Did they auscultate your chest at all? If you had any murmurs or abnormal sounds it could be linked to a heart valve dysfunction, which could be the cause of chest pain and the change in blood pressure. Also some lung conditions will increase pressure in the chest putting pressure on the heart- in turn raising BP and pulse. The fact that you had the clammy skin and was disoriented sounds like compensatory shock, assuming you took your pulse at the carotid and that was high and not the radial. Other than those two suggestions, I can't really find much. I will continue to research this though. I'll get back to you if I find anything. Best of luck!
    fire_ems08 3 Replies
    • February 17, 2009
    • 04:02 AM
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  • Since you're user name is "Firewoman" and you say you were 'at' a fire....were you actively fighting the fire? Did you inhale any smoke? Did you hurt your right side while fighting this blaze? Are you on any meds other that BP?
    Harmonium 322 Replies
    • February 17, 2009
    • 06:14 AM
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  • Here is the original post of the rest of the story. I didn't realize there was a wait to get it posted. So I retyped a shorter version. the other verios is now in this same section of the forum.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. To answer your questions. I was at a fire but did not get exposed to smoke. Just exerted myself, though I didn't even work up a sweat. And no I didn't hurt my right side at all. I carried the pack all the way on my left arm. THe only med I am taking is Lisinopril. I wasn't taking any before Wednesday. They listened to my heart, looked in my ear/nose/throat, did chest xray, took EKG, monitored vitals, and did blood work. My friends that were the EMT's that brought me in were said I was really pale, making no sense verbally, and that my pupils were very small, the night of the fire.With this medicine my BP is is the 120/80 or less range and pulse between 65-70. At the moment 630AM I am having no other symptoms, but at the day goes on my symptoms increase. Usually by the afternoon my neck down to my heart hurts, sometimes radiating a third of the way down my arm.
    firewoman30 1 Replies
    • February 17, 2009
    • 11:39 AM
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