I am a 68 year old female battling spiking blood pressure. My blood pressure generally runs a little high, from 147/80 to 167/90. However, over the last few weeks it has spiked to 211/111, and one night to 215/102. On this occasion, I called an ambulance, and when they finally got here, it was 205/100. I spent most of the night in the hospital.
I was originally on 10mg Bystolic. When it spiked the first time, 10mg lisinipril was added in the morning, with the Bystolic at night. Then, when that did not work, an extra Bystolic was added. That has not worked.
I have chronic sinusitis, which usually is followed by ear problems. I have had pneumonia twice this year. For over a year, I have had episodes of terrible tastes in my mouth, to the end that all food tastes spoiled. Cotton mouth, much burning is a problem. This is no longer sporadic, but constant. My eyes are puffy, with small, swollen pockets around my eyes, with purple colored areas around my eyes.
I also have cataplexy, and use a CPAP at night. At first, I worried that the Xyrem might be at fault, but the time line of the readings don't compute. My pressure is the lowest in the morning, after taking the medicine, and the highest about 7:00 p.m.
Everyone looks at me like I am crazy when I tell them I think it is caused by my sinus condition. I have a constant post nasal drip. I can't take Sudafed for fear it will raise blood pressure. I can't take Benedryl, because it makes me sleepy, and can't take it with the Xyrem. My life was unmanageable before the Xyrem.
I broke my hip last September and had it pinned, and got along well, until the pinched nerve in my back became apparent. I had an epidural last week for that, and another scheduled. Also a pinched nerve in my neck, an a rotator cuff tear.
Darn, I'm a mess! But not giving up. I am not a knitting, rocking chair granny! I have a lot of adventures I want to explore, so I need some help. I do have a squeezed in appointment with my cardiologist in a few days, but I want to know more then I do now before I go. I am worried he will think I know nothing.
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