• trl47807 trl47807
    April 12, 2010
    Shaking
    trl47807 trl47807
    April 12, 2010

    Let me start off by saying I am unsure if I have high blood pressure or not. I have recently started medication for hypothyroidism.  I know that at my last two doctor appointments my blood pressure must have been elevated because the doctor said that they could have been better and asked if a blood pressure problem runs in my family. I does -- my mom, uncle, aunt, and grandfather all had hypertension.

    For a few years now I have been getting tremors, not just my hands, but all over my body. Some are barely noticeable, where other episodes even cause visible head bobbing and I have to lie down. My sister and husband have taken my blood pressure here at home during a shaking episode and the readings have been ranging between 150/90 to 160/110. I have laid down for a long rest and had it taken again and it was 140/80. I think the readings are high - am I right? I am not sure; the cuff could be bad. I also want to know if someone thinks my shaking is directly related to my blood pressure?  I sometimes will swell up all over, but most noticeably from my knees down. Not all the time though. I plan on telling my doctor about all of this. What does my doctor need to do to make sure I am not developing an issue?

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  • Lisa Nelson
    Health Pro
    April 12, 2010
    Lisa Nelson
    Health Pro
    April 12, 2010

    Hi Trl47807, 

    First of all, I'm not sure the shaking you are experiencing is due to high blood pressure. I'm glad you have a doctor's appointment planned.

     The Joint National Committee defines four blood pressure categories.


    Very High Range - Stage 2 Hypertension
    Systolic (top) blood pressure 160 mm Hg or high
    Diastolic (bottom) blood pressure 100 mm Hg or higher
    If in this range you have hypertension (high blood pressure).

    High Range - Stage 1 Hypertension
    Systolic (top) blood pressure 140 - 159 mm Hg
    Diastolic (bottom) blood pressure 90 - 99 mm Hg
    If in this range you have hypertension (high blood pressure).

    Caution Range - Prehypertension
    Systolic (top) blood pressure 120 - 139 mm Hg
    Diastolic (bottom) blood pressure 80 - 89 mm Hg
    Take action!

    Normal Range - Normal
    Systolic (top) blood pressure below 120 mm Hg
    Diastolic (bottom) blood pressure below 80 mm Hg
    Perfect!

     Yes, your blood pressure even after a long rest is still on the high side. You may also want to review this information on edema:

     Edema - High Blood Pressure

     The shaking could also be caused by the issues with your thyroid.  It's definitely something to tell your doctor. 

    Here are some links on blood pressure that you might find useful:

    Sunshine to Lower Blood Pressure

    Have High Blood Pressure? Don’t Eat These Foods

    10 Things to Do This Month to Lower Your Blood Pressure

     

    All the best,

    Lisa Nelson RD

    7 Natural Ways to Lower Blood Pressure

    • gisellewilding
      March 24, 2015
      gisellewilding
      March 24, 2015
      My thyroid is always normal. I have gone as high as 195 over 115. Normally I am well controlled on metoprolol but I am taking more than my GP wants me to ( 200 to 250 mg a day). This morning I discovered a very stressful thing and I felt my heart racing and can often hear the beat in my ears when BP goes up. I was badly shaking. It soon lowered after taking tablets and relaxing but I worry that this labile reaction could cause a stroke via burst blood vessel. Any opinion? READ MORE
    • gisellewilding
      March 24, 2015
      gisellewilding
      March 24, 2015
      Sorry I meant to put diastolic went to 120 and HR to 124....and it felt like it! READ MORE

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