I'd be curious to see what your adrenal gland test(s) showed, or what you were tested for specifically. I was getting a very odd combination of symptoms with my most recent pregnancy (number 8; he was born just a week ago), and I had to do the research myself and actually go to a different doctor to get the proper tests ordered. Even after the results were all in, which showed my suspicions were correct - I had secondary hyperaldosteronism, in my case apparently caused by pregnancy (the primary form is one of 3 disorders that are caused by an adrenal tumor, usually benign; other conditions can also cause the secondary form) - both of my doctors - OB and endocrinologist seemed to be stumped, at least in some way, as to how to manage it or even how long it would take to resolve. I have both hypertension as well as bradycardia, which is why this post jumped out at me; I thought this was an odd combination as well. And I'm on the same BP medication as you are; it seemed to help somewhat when I first took it, but not much. Tonight my BP went to 182/102 very suddenly, and my heart rate has been as low as 46. Like you, I am also trim, and otherwise my health has been pretty good. After 7 children (my oldest is 22 and expecting HER first baby), at 5' 4 1/2", I was 114 lb and a size 1 - 2 pre-pregnancy. I'm 43. One of the other symptoms of hyperaldosteronism is hypokalemia (low blood potassium), which I actually did NOT have at first, but my condition seems to have worsened since the baby was born, and the last time I was in the hospital, I HAD developed hypokalemia. This may not be the same thing that is causing your symptoms, and if it is, it would obviously be caused by something different than mine was. If you don't know for sure what testing you've had in the past, it might be worth checking. In any case, I would consider seeing an endocrinologist. Thyroid issues or even pituitary issues can cause some odd symptoms as well. I can't imagine dealing with this for 10 years; this has been a sore trial for me, and I've only been dealing with it for this pregnancy - no history of either hypertension or bradycardia. It's downright scary at times. I have 2 drs appts early in the week, so hopefully I'll get some kind of adjustment to my treatment that will get me more stable/functional. Good luck to you!View Thread
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