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 Post subject: Can blood pressure be too low?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 11:11 pm 
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So I check my blood pressure today about 3x - each time averaging around 86-100/56-60. That just can't be healthy lol

I read some symptoms of Hypotension on Wikipedia:
Chest pain
Shortness of breath
Irregular heartbeat
Fever higher than 38.3 °C (101 °F)
Headache
Stiff neck
Severe upper back pain
Cough with phlegm
Prolonged diarrhea or vomiting
Dyspepsia
Dysuria
Foul-smelling urine
Adverse effect of medications
Acute, life-threatening allergic reaction
Seizures
Loss of consciousness
Profound fatigue
Temporary blurring or loss of vision
In some cases loss of hair
Connective tissue disorder Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

The above list, is copy and pasted from Wikipedia - these are not my symptoms :P Obviously I've had some of these happen to me, but they don't come up daily or even lasting a long time when they do, so I'm not too concerned with these symptoms. Would visiting my doc be wise, or is this nothing too serious? My mother also has low blood pressure, so maybe something in the family.

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 Post subject: Re: Can blood pressure be too low?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 11:13 pm 
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I would definitely go see a doctor just to see if it's a normal hereditary thing or what.

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 Post subject: Re: Can blood pressure be too low?
PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 11:15 pm 
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Familial and dietary related mostly. Can be a result of disease processes and hormonal imbalances as well though.


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 Post subject: Re: Can blood pressure be too low?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 7:44 am 
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Can I ask you how you are checking it? Wrist cuff or arm cuff? I ask cause I have worked as a CNA for a long time now... and wrist cuffs if you don't hold them a certain way will be incorrect. The bottom numbers are actually VERY good numbers and the top you want between 100 and 130. 86 isn't to bad if you are resting. Oh and don't check it back to back you should wait 30 mins between checks

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 Post subject: Re: Re: Can blood pressure be too low?
PostPosted: Wed Feb 22, 2012 10:01 am 
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I have mixed feelings about getting checked by a doctor, but its still a good idea. I am not a doctor, nor am I specialist in any of the above symptoms; I'm just going to play devils advocate for perspective, but you do what you think is best, regardless of my viewpoints.

Chest pain - in what context? After having an allergic reaction, working out, do you smoke, or was this all of a sudden?

Shortness of breath - same as above. Asthma?

Irregular heartbeat - potentially a symptom of magnesium or potassium deficiency.

Fever higher than 38.3 °C (101 °F) - just for giggles, how much higher and for how long? We talking a real fever with the chills, dehydration & sick days? Some herbs are said to raise body temp, such as cayenne and ginger, if nothing else.

Headache - could be brought on by many things such as dehydration, allergies, sensitivities, magnesium depletion, lack of caffeine if addicted, etc. Ever heard of a healing crisis? It's what can happen when one starts improving their health in which things seem to get worse before they get better as your body is eliminating toxins. Don't take my word for it though, look it up.

Stiff neck, Severe upper back pain - uh, magnesium comes to mind again, as well as injuries or healing up from working out, but I'm sure you ruled that out. There's also poor posture & sleeping badly.

Cough with phlegm - allergies? I recently started taking a high quality vitamin C & brought this on myself. It's mild so I know I'm not really sick. Look up vitamin C flush, I'm sure you'll find many great articles as well as horror stories lol.

Prolonged diarrhea or vomiting - erm. Check your diet? Diarrhea could simply be not enough fiber or from a healing crisis, but vomiting ain't so good. Preggers? :p

Dyspepsia - obviously could be diet related.

Foul-smelling urine - not drinking enough water, healing crisis, or if its bright yellow then its probably just vitamin B2, found in every multi & B Complex.

I won't go through it all, but I hope I made my point, that it could not be serious but one could be put on expensive blood pressure meds for nothing when diet & lifestyle are to blame. I'd check out causes for low blood pressure too. Like I said though, its still worth getting checked. Even if diet alone could fix it, it might not do it in time.

I'd like very much to know what comes of your findings, and hope it turns out to be nothing much =)

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