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Labile hypertension - stress?

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LaLaLeni Fri 31-Jan-14 20:35:27

I've posted in a couple of other forums recently because I've felt really ill since DS was born. I was seeing a neurologist for dizziness but my GP now thinks I have hypertension triggered by stress, it goes as high as 215/115 which would normally be a medical emergency if it stayed that high.

This has gone on for years (on and off) but now he wants me to go to a cardiologist, even though I know it'll be ascertained that my heart is fine - I've already had ultrasounds, angiograms and ECGs.

I've reached a stage in my life where I feel I cope very well despite a huge amount of past trauma, and I thought this was a good thing. I was all ready to accept a possible problem with my balance, but now I'm thrown into a new possibility of it all being psychological.

I'm already on beta blockers for a heart rhythm issue, so how on earth can I be feeling stress physically? I'm so confused right now, and it haven't been feeling myself for a while.

I was diagnosed with BPD in 2001 but I've never been sure I agree, I ended up ascribing my symptoms to taking the pill. Lately I feel disassociated from everything, miserable although I can't cry, and I get very angry over nothing because I tend to fixate. Despite all this I'm a good mother and a hold down a full time job in The City which involves taking care of others, plus I have my own business.

Has anyone else had such extreme physical effects from stress?

LaLaLeni Mon 03-Feb-14 18:48:35


LaLaLeni Mon 03-Feb-14 19:20:03

I really need some help sad

WithanAnotE Wed 05-Feb-14 20:23:28

Hiya. Sounds horrible sad. Stress is vile.

I wonder if there may be a more of psychological aspect to both the cause and effect?

You have a lot on your plate and perhaps, not at all unsurprisingly, this is maxing out your patience, tolerance and general well-being.

I take beta-blockers (Propranolol) for the physical symptoms of stress such as shaking - my understanding is that they block the rush of adrenalin to stop the shaking. I didn't think they stop stress so to speak - I can still go blank and lose my train of thought etc.

I guess all I can suggest is that you see your GP and discuss options with them. Sorry sad not more helpful, but it was a good starting place for me.

LaLaLeni Thu 06-Feb-14 19:34:45

Thanks so much for replying - I just saw my GP and he wants to rule out physical causes first. He agreed to increase my bisoprolol dose in the mean time. I feel that PTSD is a factor, so much trauma with no time to deal with one thing before another happens. So tired hmm

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