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Pain and High Blood Pressure

Harvard Health Publications
Copyright 2006 Harvard Health Publications

Question:

Can chronic pain cause or contribute to high blood pressure?

Answer:

While pain from an injury causes a surge of adrenaline and a rise in heart rate and blood pressure, usually chronic pain such as low back problems, does not. Your adrenaline levels fall back to normal, and your blood pressure and heart rate do as well.

On the other hand, long-term use of anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen (Motrin, Advil), naproxen (Naprosyn), rofecoxib (Vioxx) and celecoxib (Celebrex) can make your blood pressure go up by affecting your kidney's ability to get rid of water and salt. So, people using these medications need to have their blood pressure checked periodically.


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Harvard Health Publications Source: from the Harvard Health Publications Family Health Guide, Copyright © 2007 by President and Fellows of Harvard College. All rights reserved.

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