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High BP in 13 yr old

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  • Posted By: andersonpsg
  • January 11, 2009
  • 02:20 PM

So...just before Christmas, DS (13) came to us saying his chest was hurting. We gave him Advil (diagnosed w/ costochondritis last March) & told him to rest. A couple days later he said his chest hurt & felt dizzy. Gave advil again. Next day complained of feeling dizzy. Checked BP w/ home monitor & it seemed high. We continued to check for a couple of days & his BP stayed around high 140s-mid 150s / high 80s with a pulse between 92-115. We felt that he was feeling dizzy because of the high BP & pulse.

We took him to the doctor who ran blood tests to check his thyroid & ordered a chest x-ray & rib scan. A week later we got those results & all came back normal.

We took him last Monday to a cardiologist who did EKG & Echocardiogram. Only showed fast heart rate, but all was okay with his heart.

She did confirm that chest pain IS from the costochondritis & advised Advil 3x's a day for 10 days. After a full day on the advil, DS's BP & pulse came down. I was hoping the pain was possibly the cause of these other symptoms.

On Tuesday, doctor ran a blood test to check for pheochromocytosis ~ still waiting on lab results.

While taking a shower yesterday, DS felt dizzy again. Checked BP & it was 160/92 w/ a pulse of 115! YIKES! What could be going on? Why okay for 3 days & then wham!

Just wondered if anybody here might have any suggestions. I'm hoping the lab results will be back tomorrow (Monday) for the pheochromocytosis ~ not expecting anything there...

What do you think? Thanks so much!

OH ~ almost forgot....for the past several months DS has also had VERY cold hands....to the point his fingers turn blue. He has always had sweaty hands, so the pediatrician wasn't concerned...

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