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Monday, October 13, 2008 Elinore, Community Member, asks

Q: Why am I waking out of sleep with high spikes in my blood pressure?

I'm awakened between 5 and 9 a.m. with a surging feeling that goes from my abdomen up into my head and my pressure goes spiking up to 170/100 sometimes even higher. I feel nauseated and have a headache when the pressure starts to come down. I do deep breathing excercises and the pressure starts coming down slowly. I'm taking Exforge 5mg/360 and have had a constant sinus infection since I started taking it.  This medication doesn't seem to stop the spiking effect that occurs each early a.m.  My pressure can fluctuate from 119/75 to 140/85 to 170/100. These attacks can last for hours as I get so frightened that I might have a stroke that I'm sure the pressure stays up. If I take a 0.25 Xanax it comes down but my doctor doesn't want to prescribe this drug as she says it can be addictive. I only take one when my pressure goes this high. Drugs such as Zoloft, Lexapro gave me severe anxiety so I couldn't tolerate them. Help! please, there must be an answer somewhere out there.  Thank You.

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AngieM2009, Community Member
5/28/09 12:49pm

Elinore, I know that our pressure is supposed to gradually rise as we awaken. I just worry about a stroke due to the persistent hypertension episodes. I responded earlier to the general topic, but I wanted to address you specifically. I too have the nausea and headache when the pressure drops. I have this between 7am and 11am and at night between 4pm and 9pm. It is daily like clock work! My husband and I have tried experimenting where I have no clocks or ability to know daytime from nighttime. It still happens and he was able to vouch for that since he had the watch! LOL. Like I mentioned earlier, my sister suffers from the same thing except one thing is different....her heart skips beats and I just have Sinus Tachycardia. We both have the BP spikes, edema, fatigue, and we are very sodium sensitive. My mother experienced a similiar health issue and was put on a special diet and medications. She is doing much better now, but despite diet and meds my sister and I are still plagued. It is getting to the point that I get afraid to go ANYWHERE! Even to the WalMart! Again, as mentioned in the other post, traces of pesticides were found in me and my sister. My brother refuses to be tested. My father was in the Gulf War region (2 yrs), Kuwait (9months) and Iraq (14 months).....and also spent 2 1/2 years on tour during the Vietnam War!! Do you have any past exposure to anyone who was exposed to these wars? My environmental doctor seems to think that my mom's breast cancer and me and my sister's illness has much to do with this exposure. Reason being is because my father absorbed the chemicals and when he would sweat the outgas would absorb into clothes, furniture, anything pourous....we then in turn absorbed these toxins as well. My father is 100% disabled due to similiar symptoms involving the muscles and the neurological issues that me and my sister are slowly developing. By the way, we had no idea that my father had been seen or treated for any of these issues until we had to PRY it out of him!!!! I would really like anyone's input.

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SusanSmart, Community Member
1/29/11 9:32am

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Bran, Community Member
10/15/08 5:52pm

Do you suffer from panic/anxiety attacks?

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middlegal, Community Member
11/30/08 9:40am

I have the same surging blood pressure occasionally as I wake up. I had an acute case of it for two months this year, where it was a multiple, everyday episode. It made me very sick and I missed some work days. I've had it for about one year now.

 

My BP will usually be 99/57 at full rest, awake. When the surge happens, I will wake up very suddenly with that surging feeling and have BP of 148/92 or more, spiking further when I get up. I wind up shivering cold with the shakes after a few minutes (5-20mins) - my body temperature drops.

 

Early on in these extreme episodes, I would have a rapid pulse that went over 100. It was a full throttle panic attack, but none like I had ever had before. I too truly thought I was going to have a stroke and went to the emergency room a number of times. It happens during sleep, between 4am - 9am for me. It has also happened just before & just after waking up during my two months of intense, daily episodes.

 

Something hormonal or nerurological is happening, beyond the possible panic attack/pre-menopausal diagnosis. It is a rather severe reaction. It physically hurts and is disruptive to somebody who is in relatively good health - and for one who works at being healthy (me).

 

I take Paroxetine - that helps - but I still don't have a sufficient answer on the mechanics of this problem, or a name for it. The Paroxitine doesn't hinder the waking BP spike from cropping up a couple of times a month, but it does help quiet the panic reflex.

 

We know that beta blockers quell the high blood pressure process for some cases, and how it does that. I think this 'blood pressure spiking condition' needs more explanation in it's relationship to panic disorder or whatever it is really related to.

 

I think it is a dangerous condition. I would love to have some better explanations about why this happens.

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Mommyof2, Community Member
6/16/14 5:45pm

Oh my gosh! THis is exactly what has been happening to me for the past 2 yrs, with no explanation I wake out of sleep unable to breath with bp of 160/116 and rapid heart heart rate usually around 4 or 5 am. I have seen doctors had tests and to no answers. my pcp told me I need anxiety medicine, my cardiologist said I need bp medicine, and My neurologist said I need a sleep study for sleep disorders? It is very frustrating and absolutely miserable. I have become hopeless and feel like there is no answers

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AngieM2009, Community Member
5/28/09 12:32pm

OOOOKKKK....I am glad to see that I am not the only one that feels like I am hitting a brick wall at full speed constantly over the "blood pressure spike" issues! I was admitted to the hospital eight times last year and I have been to the ER over 21 times since July, 2008! I have had every test i can think of to request. I take Propranolol three times a day to control my heart rate, HCTZ for my BP, and Amitriptyline for the so called "panic attacks" (Xanax when needed at the worst times!) Without getting to long winded, last year I was sitting in my garden planting flowers and drinking my energy drink (Full Throttle) as usual and all of a sudden my heart rate rose and I could feel my BP rising as well......EMT's registered at 176 for heart rate and 210/134 for the blood pressure! This did not subside until 3 or 4 hours had passed. Since then, I have been plagued with these spikes and also migraine headaches, digestion issues, severe esophageal spasms, and tingling and numbness coming and going on the right side of my face and into my arm and legs. This is especially apparent when I have the BP spikes. I can just be laughing and carrying on with my kids or asleep....the spikes just hit and they are VERY debilitating! I have had to leave work several times to go to the ER and miss work altogether over being admitted. I have kidney issues/constant bladder infections and fatigue especially in the afternoons. I have had one doctor say that he is not ruling out Multiple Sclerosis. My sister has this condition as well! She and I are both nurses and it is very hard to explain this to our employers. Got a question for all people that wrote into this and are haveing these symptoms: have you been tested for an adrenal tumor? and has anyone had a parent or spouse go overseas during the Gulf War or Kuwait (1990-2007)? I have had an environmental doctor run chemical panels as well. Seems that my sister and I are both positive for pesticide exposure....wuld love to hear responses!!!! :) angie

 

P.S. I am 34 and my sister is 29. I have 4 children, married and she has twin girls, married. We both are nurses and live in stable homes.....(well, atleast for now! This has caused serious financial burden as well!)

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James, Community Member
10/24/11 2:21pm

I have found the cause of my blood pressure spikes.  I had a sinus infection that got through my sinus cavities into my brain.  Symtoms:  Total fatigue, uncontrolable Blood Pressure spikes as high as 200 + over 100 + and headaches.  Blood pressure surges usualy around 5 AM.  Dr. treating me for possible listeria bacteria knocked out the high blood pressure problems with an antibotic.  Bactrim Ds 800-160 Tab Pres .  Other doctors had been trying to fight blood pressure with blood pressure medication for 9 months.  The blood press problem, which caused other problems was caused by the brain infection, not the heart or corronary system.  It feels great not to be so tired and have high blood pressure anymore. 

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Nic78, Community Member
11/21/11 9:12am
James, How did your doctor find out /what tests were done to diagnose the brain infection due to sinus? I am very frustrated to be going through something similar with a sinus infection that didn't fully go away with z-PAC. Also having lots of blood pressure spikes when mine is typically very normal. I sometimes feel so foggy and lightheaded with nausea. Reply
James, Community Member
11/21/11 10:38pm

Nic78, My doctor didn't test me for the brain infection.  I was exposed to the Listeria bacteria and the symtems for sinus infection in brain are similar.  I became ill in Feb and March 2011 and listeria didn't appear until August 2011.  My medical records showed I had a chronic sinus condition for the past two years.  After finishing the round of Bactrim the bacteria started to come back after four or five days.  I took a round of amoxicillin and that finished off the infection and it hasn't come back and that has been two and a half weeks.  It took two rounds of antibiotics to get rid of the infection.  My doctor gave me a clean bill of health Thursday and i can go back to work next Monday. 

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Tam<3, Community Member
10/25/11 3:40pm

Angie,

I am going through these same exact episodes and am only 41 years old. They all of a sudden just started one day and now seem to hit me the worst when I am totally enjoying life so I really don't agree when my doctor tells me that it is stress. My husband was in the Gulf War in 1991, do you think there could be a connection?

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Laurie, Community Member
5/ 3/12 3:45am

Just a suggestion. I have Lyme Disease and have many  of these symptoms including blood pressure spikes particularly when i feel very ill. spikes seem to go hand in hand with the degree of ill i feel. I would suggest you go to a "lyme literate doctor". do not waste your time with general doctors...they know so little about this illness. It is a debilitating illness and many people go years before being diagnosed. if you are interested go to ilads.org....this is a medical association for doctors who treat lyme. You can also email contact@ilads.org and ask for a list of doctors who are familiar with lyme in your area....hope you get better!!!

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Mommyof2, Community Member
6/16/14 5:49pm

I have had the same thing, I am 33 and it's been going on for 2 yrs now. I also have suddenly been getting kidney and bladder infections. I will be requesting the environmental testing to see if this is an issue

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SDA, Community Member
11/29/10 3:12am

I had perfect health until one day someone decided to run their car into mine....while I was still in it.  I had to have life-saving brain surgery, suffered minor but permenant damage to some regions of the brain while others were unaffected.  While these devestated my life as I knew it, the worse was the damage to the Hypothalamus & Pituatry.  These are known as the "master" gland for a reason.  They help regulate hormone levels in one's bloodstream.

 

The first proof I had, for docs, that something was wrong w/ me was by BP of 172/160.  I was given Lisinopril but eventually suffered moderate dizzines so we changed to Micardis.  That did the trick & made my BP controllable.

 

Something chaged within a year or so that made my jaw just drop.  I had forgotten to take my BP medicine due to memory problems from the brain injury, but my BP was within normal ranges(120/80).  What changed?  I finally found an endocronologist that knew what he was doing & wasn't a diabetes doctor first & then an endo.  I was prescribed thyroid medicine that contained both T4 & T3.  Most thyroid medicine contains T4 only & does not address the T3 deficiencies some patients have because most doctors don't test for it.  T4 works for most, but not all.  That is documented in the New England Journal of Medicine.  I went from taking 20mg of Micardis a day everyday of the year to taking 30 doses of Micardis a year under management of my T3 deficiency.

 

T3 was the key for me & I know this because I once had to go to an alternate thyroid medicine that didn't have T3 & my BP shot up to 150/110.  Once back on a T4/T3 combo my BP was normal again.

 

In addition to a thyroid deficiency, I also suffered from Growth Hormone deficiency.  When I finally was able to get help for this, many hormones were normalized.  While my next endo refused to test my blood levels, I knew there was a change as I sensed it.  Sure enough one of the changes was that I had too much thyroid now due to my current thryoid dose plus the GH changes so I then was able to get off of another medicine while resolving other health issues.  One of the other issues that was resolved, to my surprise, was that my male infertilty was now reversed.  Yay!  I have my first child & my first son.

 

The bottom line is you need a complete hormone panel by someone who actually has experience with hormones aside from what they once read in a book while at medical school.  The best ones, in my experience, usually call themselves or are associated w/ "Age Management" practices.  The current practioner is a F.N.P & has done more for me & my family in 4 weeks than my last doctor did in 3 years. 

 

I had to move 3 years ago & lost my good doc.  I found one that wasn't too bad, but he had to return to his country of origin.  My next doc was a good listener, was probably good in diabetes management, but had no idea what I was talking about when I talked about hormones.  My current practioner(FNP) is very experienced.

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chattylady, Community Member
1/ 3/11 2:08pm

why does my husbands blood pressure spike some days and not others?

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maria39, Community Member
10/13/11 1:11pm

I have been suffering from high blood pressure for 2 years now and sometimes it would be fine other times it would go as high as 180/115 i would run to the ER.  Doctor gave me some pills to take but i realized salt intake has a lot to do with my blood pressure rising.  Does your husband eat a lot of foods with high sodium? I now reduced my salt intake to about 1,000 mg a day and i no longer have had episodes of high blood pressure.

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AngieM2009, Community Member
2/ 4/11 6:51pm

Elinore:

 

I spent a year taking Xanax .1mg in the morning, afternoon, and then 25mg of Amitryptiline (tricylic antidepressant) at night 30 minutes before bedtime. Wow, for almost a year, my life was normal. No more blood pressure spikes and sudden elavated heart rate! Well, my female doctor left and was replaced by a male doctor who decides that I do not need to continue on the treatment that has worked for me nearly a year~as a result, I went through withdrawls-ended up at the ER several times in a 3 month period. Then, my life is again abnormal because my meds were taken away. I have a pheochromocytoma on my left kidney (adrenal gland). It is not severe enough for surgery right now. This is what causes my life to be hell. The tumor produces excess amounts of cortisol. Therefore, keeping me overweight, disturbed, and uncomfortable. Why does a doctor become so cruel and take treatment away that is helping a patient live a normal life? I am trying to find another physician at this time-my heart goes out to you! AngieTongue out

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Francie, Community Member
3/16/12 1:54pm

I was in the Hospital for high blood pressure for a week last October could not get it down. Took all types of test all the medicines almost killed me I have COPD and am also on oxygen 24/7. I now tak Generic Zanax .05mg twice a day which helps better to take Zanax then stroke out my Pulmo said. But lately my morning BP have been high also and it is scary. I only take 10mg of Lisinopril daily and during the day it is fine not real low but ok. Because of my COPD hypertension goes along with this disease. So when you get stressed up goes the BP that is why the Alprazolan.

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Medievalman, Community Member
7/13/11 12:44am

I sympathize with all of you.  I have been diagnosed with an arrhythmia, but I don't think that is causing the spikes in bp.  I would occasionally get these spikes (180/90) but now in the last two weeks it is happening everyday.  It usually wakes me between 4 and 7 a.m.  I usually have a numbness in my left arm or right arm my hands are sweaty.  I get really scared!  Sometimes when it makes me sit up It will subside within a few minutes, but sometimes it will last 20 or 30 minutes.  I take atenolol for my blood pressure and tambocor for my heart rhythm.  I've also take Paroxetine for about two years and started Crestor last year.  I also take an aspirin everyday.  My doctor has done two blood tests and has ruled out thyroid and cholesterol.  I have also had an ECG and my heart seems to be regular.  He prescirbed Xanax to help me relax and sleep, but it does not seem to be helping much.  I am at my wits end.  Lately I have been very tired and sleepy--very light work (washing car, cleaning garage, etc.) seems to make me breathe heavy.  I welcome any suggestions that anyone has as to what your doctor has told you it might be.  I am glad that others share the same burden because my friends and co-workers seem to think it is all in my head.  I think even my doctor seems to think it is anxiety.  In truth, I would hope it would be this instead of something physical--it is really getting annoying.  I, like one of you mentioned am afraid to go places because I am afraid that I will get sick.  Will appreciate any help that I can get.  Thanks.

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abc, Community Member
7/28/11 9:40am

Hello all, I am a 60 year old female who has struggled with unstable blood pressure for years.  I have taken 3 different medications for a few months at a time, but have tried to stablilize my bp without them since they make me feel so tired and brain foggy.  I have gone on a gluten free diet, lost 25 pounds, drink no alcohol or coffee---In other words, I've made the lifestyle changes recommended including walking every morning.  But now my bp is high on waking in the morning and goes down during the day.  Morning readings are around 160-175/94-104.  Then during they day it goes down to 137-147/78-88.  I, too, freak about the morning surge.  If I'm asleep, I can't do much about it surging.  I take many supplements including aspirin every day, and magnesium, calcium, resveratrol, fish oil, Co-Q10, DHEA, Bioidentical hormones, T3.  I recently had all lab work and hormone panels come back mostly normal.  T3 still in low normal range, but all else fine according to my doctor.  If anyone knows what's going on, PLEASE respond.   Like many of you, I worry and get scared.  I feel obsessed with blood pressure readings and now, I'm afraid to go to sleep at night for fear my bp will rise uncontrollably!  Thanks, all.  And hang in there.  I feel for everyone.  Blessings.

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cathy, Community Member
10/23/11 2:28am

Did they check you for a pheochromocytoma, is a tumor that raises bp

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Mommyof2, Community Member
6/16/14 6:29pm

I have these exact symptoms myself, same time etc. Have had every test in the book. first was told anxiety, then was told I needed bp medicine, then it may be a hormone problem, then was told I needed a sleep study since it happened a lot when I woke from sleep was suspected to be apnea. I am 33, have had fertility problems since this started happening 2 yrs ago. The docors did find a small hole in my heart and I have had a few concussions and wonder if there is a neurological factor also. I have 2 children and a stress free life for most part so I don't understand. My husband thinks I am nuts or have anxiety, my cardiologist says it's a cardiovascular problem but my neurologist argues its neurological, and my pcp says its anxiety or depression?

 I am at whits end bc when it happens it is debilitating and intrusive to everyday life.

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JVO, Community Member
8/11/11 4:31pm

Take a brisk walk of approx 30 minutes (3 to 4 KM).High (systolic)blood pressure at waking  up will immediately come down as much as 30 to 50 units.Arteries opening up ?

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CAPERS12, Community Member
9/30/11 1:07pm

PHEOCHROMOCYTOMA......ADRENAL GLAND TUMOR WITH HIGH BLOOD PRESSURE SPIKES, SWEATING AND MIGRAINE LIKE HEADACHES....SEE AN ENDO DOCTOR FAST

 

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Francie, Community Member
2/ 7/12 10:02am

I have the same thing happening on occassion this morning I woke up feeling bad and knew it was my BP Spiking 179/101. I take Alprazolam .05mg twice a day and that will usually keep it in check. But I also have COPD and am on oxygen at all times. anxiety is the main cause my dr. said it comes with my diesease. I only take 10mg of Lisinopril daily for BP. And my blood pressure is usually low 89/70 to 123/81 and lower. It really has no stable but don't have any real answer. I am afraid of a stroke when it spikes like that.

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Jagerr, Community Member
4/ 8/12 2:37am

Hypothyroidism.

 

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Bill, Community Member
4/18/12 4:49pm

Dear Elinore,

My name is Bill.  I'm 35 and suffereing IDENTICAL symptoms.  I am scared to death I am on both bp  medicine (Lisinopril) and a Beata blocker (Proprol)  I'm still having problems.  My entire life is becoming crazy because of this.  I know your post is several years old but If you've been able to get an answer to this crap It would mean the world to me to know.  Thanks and God Bless!!

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LC, Community Member
5/ 2/12 12:25pm

A supplement called "Seriphos" (phosphytidyl serine 1000mg) may help...it reduces the common spiking of cortisol which raises your blood pressure........and it's safe and natural.

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Hugo, Community Member
5/25/12 6:32am

 

I have been having the same issue as Elinore accept that I ben placed on Lisinopril 10mg tabs which I have to take 4x a day to keep me from spiking bp and then for anxiety of which I never had issues with in my 32 years of life up till my bp has been out of controll I take Buspirone which des not do anything for me and does not help me sleep either!

 

I have changed my diet since I was Diagnosed in April I weighed 246 pounds and now I'm down to 215 pounds! The only that has helped is going for power walks every morning and then again later in the day! What sucks is that my spikes always occur around the same time which has me baffled as to why they hit at the same time!!!!Undecided Between 12-12:30am and then 3-6pm

 

It has just been tough to sleep and to work but even worse it keeps me from my son at times with crappy feelings I get! I have good days and I have bad days which I hate but all I do is research on how to beat this thing!

 

To everyone here who has post thanks for the syptoms you posted thought I was the onlyone suffering like this and my payers go out to everyone of you!

 

I will be keeping you guys updated on how I'm trying to beat this!

 

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Francie, Community Member
5/25/12 7:50am

Hi I have the same problem only mine will spike at different times. But I am on zanax because I have hypertension and COPD. It is better to take zanax than have a stroke I usually take 0.25mg twice a day on occassion I will need to take and additonal 0.25 but that is the only way I keep my BP once spiked to go down. No Dr's heart or otherwise know why this happens so they call it hypertension.

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pattyann517, Community Member
6/ 9/12 7:56pm

I too  have been having spikes (180/160 over 80/90) sometimes they last for two to three weeks. I notice the heat affects my pressure.

Dr. has me on Ace Inhibitor Altace 10mg 2x a day and also has raised my Beta Blocker Coreg Cr to 40mg 2X a day. We did change over to name brand Altace to see if that would help but in doing so she reduced the dose from 2 twice a day to one twice a day.

I do have anxiety and had been prone to panic attack quite a few years ago and take Lorazapem 0.25 to 0.5 when I need it.

These spikes scare and depress me.  Sometimes my head feels like a baloon but I think that is from allergies and pollen.

I haven't been active but it's time to start walking can't do a brisk walk because of back.  Gluten free and losing weight sound good and maybe it's time to change doctors and go to one who will perform all the tests.

This forum helps a lot as I see other people go through the same thing. Thank you all for posting.

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pattyann517, Community Member
6/ 9/12 7:56pm

I too  have been having spikes (180/160 over 80/90) sometimes they last for two to three weeks. I notice the heat affects my pressure.

Dr. has me on Ace Inhibitor Altace 10mg 2x a day and also has raised my Beta Blocker Coreg Cr to 40mg 2X a day. We did change over to name brand Altace to see if that would help but in doing so she reduced the dose from 2 twice a day to one twice a day.

I do have anxiety and had been prone to panic attack quite a few years ago and take Lorazapem 0.25 to 0.5 when I need it.

These spikes scare and depress me.  Sometimes my head feels like a baloon but I think that is from allergies and pollen.

I haven't been active but it's time to start walking can't do a brisk walk because of back.  Gluten free and losing weight sound good and maybe it's time to change doctors and go to one who will perform all the tests.

This forum helps a lot as I see other people go through the same thing. Thank you all for posting.

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Francie, Community Member
6/ 9/12 9:11pm

I have had all the heart test when I was in the Hospital because my BP got so high they found nothing wrong with my heart. They wanted me to go for the stress test but I refused because if they found nothing wrong with my heart in the hospital the stress test was in my mind not necessary and many dr's agree. The only BP medication I take is 10mg of Lisinopril. Like I said I have hypertension caused from my COPD and am on oxygen at all time. I am not heavy 130lbs eat pretty healthy so who knows just deal with it until something happens.

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Going crazy for year, Community Member
8/24/12 5:11pm

I have BP spikes also just like many of you.  I finally got hooked up with a terrific doc who is an internist and is really into research and likes to find solutions for patients with very odd medical issues that seem to have no answer.  As it turns out, I have sleep apnea.  There are to kinds...obstructive and central.  Central sleep apnea is cause by a glitch in the brain that really messes with the autonomic nervious system and causes havoc at any time of the day.  I have both kinds.  I am now on my way to getting fitted with a C-PAP machine.  For those who cannot tolerate the C-Pap, there is also a B-PAP that is less powerful and does not quite help as much as the C-PAP, but I have read that it still makes a huge difference in peoples daily lives.  I am also being tested for a carcinoid tumor which emits a hormone that causes BP spikes.  This can be controled with Catapress/Klonipin...a BP med that works on the alpha brain waves and controls BP spikes by working on the adrenal glands.  Also...major changes in diet.  Check out symptoms cause by foods high in salicylates and phenols...another major contributor to BP spikes if someone is allergic to aspirin...yes...many of the fruits and vegetables are high in phenols and salicylates.  Just some food for thots for all of you.  It's taken me 20 years to getting this close to a solution...actually 22.  It started when I was 42, and I am now 64. 

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Francie, Community Member
8/24/12 5:51pm

Hi Elinore like you I was having problems for months with the spiking. But I also have hypertension so I take Alprazolam 2.5mg twice a day and 10mg of Lisinopril in the morning and 10mg in the evening after two trips to the ER it is finally under control but really low most of the time. No one really knows why my BP was doing what it did. Had all types of heart test nothing wrong with my heart. That is why they say hypertension. I also have COPD and am on oxygen.

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Francie, Community Member
8/24/12 5:51pm

Hi Elinore like you I was having problems for months with the spiking. But I also have hypertension so I take Alprazolam 2.5mg twice a day and 10mg of Lisinopril in the morning and 10mg in the evening after two trips to the ER it is finally under control but really low most of the time. No one really knows why my BP was doing what it did. Had all types of heart test nothing wrong with my heart. That is why they say hypertension. I also have COPD and am on oxygen.

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Francie, Community Member
8/24/12 5:57pm

Hi Elinore I had the same problem for many months and many trips to the ER. Finally after after kinds of test they decided that hypertension was the cause I was put on an antio anxiety medication and I take Lysinopril 10mg once in the morning and once in the evening. So far my blood pressure usually runs low which is ok with me.I was even in the hospital for 5 days when they were trying to find out why my bp was hight all heart test came back good no heart problem. Check with your Dr. about hypertension and good luck

 

 

 

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chudk, Community Member
11/25/12 1:25am

Each nite now,  I am concerned about these erratic spikes in my blood pressure.  Just tonite I woke up at 1:30 am feeling very strange...almost like a 'high-voltage' wire.  I checked my bp only to discover it at 190/110.  I sat up for 45 minutes and now it is 136/92.  I have been taking Topral XL 50mg 2x daily...Doctor added Lisininopril 10mg 1x daily...and now wants to add a third bp medicine to alleviate the spikes.  I am seeking a second opinion from a cardiologist before taking any more meds.  These high spikes are frightening, however, I always try to remain calm to not make it worse.  I have started a walking regime' and am watching my diet and sodium intake.   Reading these other posts has given me some comfort knowing I;m not alone with this condition.

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Has, Community Member
12/ 7/12 2:25am

I have similar problem, my diastolic was high from midnight and could go up to 110 on waking up. Anti hypertensive did not resolve the problem. The only way to wake up at 4 am and start my day and the distolic will not crepe up further. I was not diabetic (though mother has both HPT and DM) and I was slightly overweight,  just the high side of BMI. Then I practice fasting http://www.fast-5.com/ and Dr. Rosdale diet http://drrosedale.com/. My waist decreased by 5 inches and weight by 6kgs and my BP stabilised. However, if I go free on rice and other high carb..the diastolic goes crazy again. Probably the prediabetic or hypercholesterol on high carb diet that caused the diastolic to go up. I hope others may find this helpful.

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Has, Community Member
12/ 7/12 2:25am

I have similar problem, my diastolic was high from midnight and could go up to 110 on waking up. Anti hypertensive did not resolve the problem. The only way to wake up at 4 am and start my day and the distolic will not crepe up further. I was not diabetic (though mother has both HPT and DM) and I was slightly overweight,  just the high side of BMI. Then I practice fasting http://www.fast-5.com/ and Dr. Rosdale diet http://drrosedale.com/. My waist decreased by 5 inches and weight by 6kgs and my BP stabilised. However, if I go free on rice and other high carb..the diastolic goes crazy again. Probably the prediabetic or hypercholesterol on high carb diet that caused the diastolic to go up. I hope others may find this helpful.

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Ahmad kaj, Community Member
12/29/12 1:32am

There is a big possibiliy that your are suffering from GERD (Reflux) that can cause BP spikes but at the same time The worst thing that can happen to a BP patient is to develop the fear of having a stroke when ever his/her BP spikes up because that could eventually turn into a chronic case that has no solution. i advise u to diiscuss with your doctor to rule out underlaying causes and if no underlaying causes exists then you should stop making your brain a bus stop for such thoughts. you need to start beleiving that thinks will be fine and ok even when your BP is high and at the same time stop exagerating issues whenever your BP goes high for a legitimate reason because the body of a BP patent is very sensetive to an extent that an ordinary flu can cause a spike in BP for some. please enjoy your life and try to be optimistic. 

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Joyce, Community Member
8/ 5/13 3:39pm

Hello

 

I have experience this sort of high blood pressure episodic spiking too.  The first time many years ago, I learned that I cannot eat and go to bed without at least a two hour span of time after I eat before falling asleep.  If I do my blood pressure spikes, especially if I eat something sweet or something with more than usual my normal intake of sodium.  My spiking comes accompanied with palpitations and fear.  The last one I had just last Monday night, came with a painful headache for the first time. I believe it was the worst one due to several factors.  First I left my career job in September 2012, I am a Master Social Worker; to open a shoe boutique.  The location I chose was not good and I closed the store July 31, 2013.  So needless to say I have been dealing with a lot.  Anyway, I ate a little Uncle Ben's Rice around 9:30pm, didn't drink any water, came upstairs to use a heating pad on my neck.  I fell asleep by mistake and woke up, blood pressure spiked, and I tried my usual remedies.  Grab my water bottle by the bed, sniffed green alcohol, bit a half a piece of my HCTZ 25mg; usually in this situation, I check my blood pressure to see where it is; but it was so high I didn't check it.  I tried to stay calm, but it kept going higher. This time I went to the emergency room; while riding to the hospital I had the most excruciating feeling in my head.  It wasn't a true headache sort of feeling; it was more like a block or something holding the back of my head.  Afterwards, I believe it was a neck spasm, but during the episode, I thought I was having a stroke due to the increase in my blood pressure.  Anyway, when I arrived at the hospital my pressure had gone down to 173/96.  The triage took me in immediately, the doctor told the Nurse to give me a HCTZ 25mg even though I told him I had taken a half one coming to the emergency room.  The Doctor ordered a CT Scan as well.  The CT came back normal and my blood pressure came down to normal.  My blood pressure is usually controlled and stays fairly normal unless I eat and fall to sleep too quickly.  The anxiety pills are good at helping to relax you.  Because I know that even though I am sleeping my mind is still working, thinking, worrying etc... which has caused me since that episode last Monday to wake early in the am with a nervous stomach, blood pressure spiked, and feeling extremely anxious.  I believe that last spike caused a nerve reaction.  I went back to my primary doctor and she prescribed Klonopin.  I have never taken this med before and I too believe in Xanax.  I took Xanax many years ago and it worked well.  Also I am 56 years old and have menopausal symptoms as well.  I hope this message helps in some way. 

 

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Francie, Community Member
8/ 5/13 4:21pm

I take Alprazolam for anxiety when my BP spikes. But found out a steroid I take when I am sick prednsione is causing the High Blood Pressure that no one could figure out. I take 0.5 mg. Sometimes twice a day when needed. Addiction is better than a stroke.

 

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Jack, Community Member
8/29/13 12:02pm

I suffer from the same issue, spike in blood pressure and high heart rate around 4-6 AM, Doctors think it's anxiety, tried several SSRIs but they make things worse.  My rate was up in the 130s a few weeks ago, bp 170-110.  Normally by BP is 110-70 range.  I had a stress echo and everything was fine.  I always wondered if it is the actual BP meds that are causing the issue.  I have been on several, but have always been on a beta blocker.  I think beta blockers are horrible because they cause your nervous system to get out of whack.  How is your system supposed to re-regualte itself when there are always medications getting in the way of that process, keeping you way down during the day?  I think they restrict physical tension, but subconscious issues still exist that come about when we sleep.  Coming off of BBs is a nightmare, I have tried on multiple occasions with no success. 

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Ybrahim23, Community Member
9/ 1/13 7:28am

I hope someone can help me on this.


My father was diagnosed with High-Blood pressure almost a year ago, and its been under control for the past year. I'm taking his BP every afternoon (12:00 nn) and night (7:00 pm) everyday but lately I started taking his BP early in the morning (4:00 am) and late in the afternoon (4:00 pm) and noticed that its very high during that time especially in the morning (160/90 - 180/90). After giving him medicine, it will eventually go down or sometimes even if I don't give him med,it will just go down. The problem with my Dad is that he is asymptomatic, so I have to get his BP every 3 hours or if its high, every 15 minutes. He was prescribed with Clonidine (Catapres or Clonipres) if it will reach 170/90 . After taking this (sublingual), it will gradually go down.


 

According to his Doctor, my father is a "DIPPER" where his BP is high during the early morning. Its beacuse of his CIRCADIAN RYTHM.

 

I just lost my grandmother and mother these past two years beacuse of Stroke coz' by High-blood pressure. Its seems that I also inherit this, Im only 26 years old. Its very stressfull and I easily get nervous. Is there anyway to control this? Thanks in advance...

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tina, Community Member
11/ 4/13 5:56pm

I stumbled across this website searching online in hopes of finding out what is going on with me because I am worrying myself sick. Seems that I am not the only one. A little background on me. I was disgnosed with hypertension in my early 20's. I have been on almost every one of the 200 tyoes of Blood pressure medicine over the years. I am now 46. My mother suffered her whole life with it and eventually lost her fight with the silent killer by having a hemmohagic stroke. Doctors were stumped why they were unable to control her blood pressure.

 

Even while on medication mine has always run 140/90. I felt fine until June 24, 2013. I was eating lunch with my best friend, when I started feeling dizzy and nausea (now mind you before then, I did drink sugar -free red bulls and sometimes a coke ..never the same time though) So I did have some caffeine in my system but I wasnt prepared for what was to come. At the resaurant, I started vomiting rather violently and was so dizzy I had to lay on the floor in the bathroom ..Thank God was an upscale CLEAN one. My best friend knew my history so asked me if I needed the restaurant to call 911. I did'nt waste any time saying yes. I was scared and I felt as if my veins were ready to explode.

 

By the time the paramedics arrived, my BP registered 225/125 (Never in ALL my years had it ever gone above 180/90 . Mostly when I was pregnant.The Paramedics, ran a EKG, Gave me a baby aspirin and I went to the emergency room where once they found out that I did not have insurance. They gave me a clonodine, another EKG and sent me home with 177/100 BP and told me to see a cardiologist. Well I decided to go see my dad's nephrologist/hypertension specialist.

 

He put me on Atenolol 25mg,Spironolactone 25mg, hgctz 12.5, losartan and Klor-Con (potassium) If that won't stress one out taking all those. I do not know what will. Went a few months without another episode. Then I started a pattern of every 3-4 days around the same time between 4-6 pm having BP spikes that go from 110/60, 100/59 to 215/126, 188/103 out of the blue. No stressful situation to cause it. I get the intense dizziness then a bout of nausea (no throwing up). I take a clonidine that the Dr. Prescribed for bouts of BP over 160. I get the shakes and chills as it is lowering It usually comes down within 30 mins to an hour to the 120/60 range. The next day, I am so warn out and lethargic from the spike. I would have them on a Mon, Thursday, Saturday then go 6 days without and I had my first around 1:30 am where it woke me from sleep, I got the intense dizzy spell while in bed and I crawled to bathroom and had to call my boyfriend from the bedroom to come bring me a pill and the BP cuff and it was 177/110. I am sure it was higher, 20 minutes earlier. I had nausea again. No vomiting though. Once the clonidine was in my system it came back to normal within the half hour. I feel I need something that does it quicker because secinds count. I had a kidney ultrsound and arterial doplar so far both came back kidneys being perfect. I had avanced metabolic blood panel done and the only thing low was my potassium everything else was within normal range. 

 

I keep worrying myself if I am alone and my BP is to spike, what will I do and I feel it coming on. I can tell the signs now, so I even started taking the clonidine at around 156 BP instead. I do not have insurance. I am not trying to self diagnose, but I have started taking supplements to help with magnesium and cortisol, just in case the blood work is wrong. I am so afraid of having a stroke and leaving my poor children without their mother like my mom did me. I am tired of all these meds and I am sure they will run me through all these tests like everyone else. I keep thinking it all the meds I am on that are interacting the wrong way with each other.

 

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melodymarie, Community Member
12/ 3/13 2:00pm

Wow lots of people here with these bp spikes that happen randomly... My situation is similar but a little different I guess. I have always had low blood pressure around 90/60 or a little lower. For the past couple months, during the night mostly, I will awaken anywhere between 3am - 7am with a feeling of adrenaline surging through my body (burns sometimes) then I will usually get a hot flash (I am menopausal so that doesn't help) and then it changes to chills. But just this morning I woke up at 6:45am feeling that adrenaline surging junk so I got up to use the bathroom and cool off. I laid back down and about 1 minute later I got all sweaty with the adrenaline surging once again and my heart rate spiked from 70bpm to 140bpm. It was like my blood pressure took a major jump. I also have tinnitus and it gets super loud during these episodes. Does anyone else experience anything similar to this? I'm going to an endocrinologist tomorrow to get checked out and see what he thinks. This is so scary... feels like you're having a heart attack or something... I'd appreciate any input. I know this is an old post but I hope it's still being viewed. Thank you.

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Mommyof2, Community Member
6/16/14 7:10pm

yes this is exactly what happens to me, I have been on bp medicine, found a small hole in my heart most likely a birth defect, was told I had anxiety by one doctor, cardiac syncope by another, and sleep apnea by another? I will try anything as this is frightening and debilitating

 

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evelin, Community Member
12/18/13 1:20pm

I am 60, have hot flushes started menopause at 54. My BP can be
anything from 108/73 to 168/124. Worry makes it go through the roof.
One thing I have realised from reading what the posts here are saying,
is how the medical profession controls people. If it weren't for the
scare tactics of the medical profession, terrifying people, there
would not be all these people so scared by their blood pressure.



In this country, (UK) it has always been that blood pressure is
classed as 'normal' if it is 120/80, anthing up to 140/90 was always
classed as perfectly fine and healthy, abnormally low if it is
anything lower than 100/60 and borderline high if it is anything
between 145/95. So, for one thing the criteria for what constitutes
high BP is totally different according to what country you are in. As
it seems in the US, abnormally low blood pressure seems to be
considered 'normal'.



The drug companies change the criteria because they want everyone on medication.



If more people tried to look after their own health and did some
research of their own, there are many alternative treatments that
help. I would rather struggle on my own to find help rather than go
down the route of doctors. I have bad psoriasis on my face, a herbal
remedy used to clear it in three days, perfectly safe to use, had been
sold for more than 50yrs, now banned, by the medical authorities in
the EU!  They want people on longterm steroid use with all its side
effects and causing of other health problems, not going into it all
here.



All  I am saying, is please people, try and realise, the medical
profession operates by instilliing fear into people of what may happen
to you if you do not take their treatments. I read a book called
Trrick and Treat, for one, which opened my eyes to a lot, (I think the
author is called Barry Groves, though not 100% sure of that) there is
another book called something like "If you want to be healthy, stay
away from doctors" this was written by a former doctor who had become
disgusted at how the pharmaceutical industry controls everything.



So many people stricken by fear here, and mostly, as in my case, it
seems to be the severe anxiety that is the problem. I have it too, and
also post traumatic stress disorder, yet I am no worse than other
people I know who have been on medication for years, and appear to he
healthier than a lot of them. In other words, all these people who
have been terrorised into taking medication for the same conditions I
have are no better and in most cases, a lot worse.  So, draw your own
conclusions from that.



The belief that ONLY the medical profession can help has been so
deeply instilled in everyone that this belief is difficult to shift.



I am going to stop writing now, don't even know if I shall be able to
post this, have never been to this forum before, but I felt motivated
by the obvious fear in all these poor souls. Please don't be upset by
anything I have said, I just wanted to try and help people, it is so
obvious that the medical profession has so much control over how
everyone feels and thinks, and that is frightening enough in itself.



I hope we can all find peace of mind, and maybe then, health will
naturally improve.

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Terry, Community Member
1/ 3/14 11:49am

Right on!  Since I am vegetarian now I feel much better in every way including weight and digestive issues.  I still have the morning spikes and some during the day on the rare occasion I get really upset about something.  However, mine drops very low at times and I don't believe there is an all around medication that works for BOTH issues at the same time. 
I would seek an alternative natural health treatment over medications for almost any medical issue outside of breathing issues, bleeding or broken bones.  The medications they prescribe only treat the SYMPTOMS, not the cause.  Always look for the underlying cause of health issues.  Don't fool yourself, food and drinks you put into your body make ALL the difference in the world.  If you truly want to be healthy you will go back to basics and not put your faith in a pill whether it be a man-made chemical concoction or even a man made supplement.    Natural ways to get the supplements is truly the only way your body can recognize and utilize the nutrients it needs.  These nutrients often only can be utilized when they are also accompanied by other vital nutrients found in the fruit, veggies, nuts, and whole grains that they are naturally found in.  
   I've also noticed that deep breathing and exercise...even in small amounts really make a diff too.  
    I still indulge in a small amount of meat, or dairy...even eggs on rare occasions. But the less I eat fatty fried or fatty meats, cheese, dairy, and eggs...the better I feel.  It's a longterm commitment but your tastes do change.  The smell of fried foods nearly gags me now and I used to consider myself quite a carnivore.  Thanks for sharing your insights...I agree with you 100%. 

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