Blood Pressure Has Now Gone Up To 320/180. 56 Year Old Male

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Blood Pressure Has Now Gone Up To 320/180. 56 Year Old Male

Since Monday my blood pressure has now gone up to 320/180. Told this week that I have an infection in my blood stream. However, I have been told that excessive amounts of pain can and will contribute to increased blood pressure, is this correct? As well as high blood pressure, high glucose levels, I have Adhesive Arachnoiditis which is now absolute agony, which is a degenerative spinal problem (caused by TWO Myodil injections in the 1980's. I have severe arthritis in several joints, diagnosed type 2 diabetes. I actually eat a pretty good diet on the whole, so I don't think this is food related? I don't sleep much at all, lucky if I have two hours in one go, I don't have much confidence in my GP anymore. Could you offer any advice since I'm now getting very concerned and depressed?

Answer

A blood pressure of 320/180 is dangerously high. High enough to warrant emergency treatment. I recommend you seek care if levels are still this high.

Yes, pain can cause a temporary rise in blood pressure, but over time the effect diminishes. Long term pain would not be the root of your blood pressure problems.

I encourage you to do all you can to get more sleep. Adequate sleep is essential for your health.

I also recommend you consider seeking a second opinion in regards how to appropriate manage your conditions and symptoms, especially if you are beginning to question the care you currenlty receive from your GP.

All the best,
Lisa Nelson RD
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Answered by Lisa Nelson, RD, LN