Friday, October 1, 2010

Tips for raising blood pressure?

I know.  It's a weird question.  

I haven't been online in a little while.  I've been feeling pretty awful.  Ah, orthostatic hypotension, how do I loathe thee?

I'm almost constantly dizzy, headachey, nauseous, and crazy amounts of fatigued.  When I sit up or stand up it all gets 1000 times worse--my vision goes all wonky and blurry and my headache throbs even worse for a few seconds.  It's been really dumb. 

My blood pressure has been bouncing around.  Generally it's been 85/50 but sometimes down to 70/52 and sometimes up to my normal 100/60.  When I checked right now it was 97/42 with hr at 73bpm. 
Dysautonomia has never been mentioned in my case, but my doc is aware of my symptoms and the EDS. 

I feel really tired.  For a couple of days there I was getting pretty scared about how utterly crappy I felt but my pressure went up for a few days but now I feel pretty gross again. 

Currently I'm trying to eat a bunch of salty foods and increase my water intake even more.  I'm pounding Gatorade and V8 and eating canned soup and frozen foods.  These are things I don't generally eat.  I'm a water and salad girl.  I'm that freak who likes to eat healthy foods (with a side of cake), so getting free reign to eat all the ramen I want isn't fun-time news.

Anyone else dealing with these kinds of issues?  Got any tips on coping?  Or ways to take in salt without eating a pound of pretzels?  Because while that would be tasty, I've worked hard to lose about 20 pounds this year in a healthy way and I don't feel like gaining it all by because of doctor mandated ramen. 

Also, I started on celebrex and now I have really bad insomnia.  Like, why the hell and I laying down at all, this is stupid.  Why do I even own a bed thoughts at 3:30 AM.  Even while on my SLEEPING MEDS which normally knock me out like a brick wall hit me.   I'm taking myself off it for a few days to see if I sleep better. 


  1. I year ha sista!
    I think we eat the same way too.
    What about a salad with lots of olives.

    Electrolyte drinks and add salt

    I've been using this electrolyte add in :

    My naturalpath has also got me on a greens drink for when I'm feeling extra gross and not eating so I can get the minerals in.

    Hope you feel better soon, keep your chin up. xx

  2. Thanks, Flexie! I'll check those out. You take care of yourself too!

  3. I used to live on a farm, and for the longest time, I'd break chunks off the new (never been licked before) salt blocks, and I'd lick them for extra salt. The blue ones taste the best. Small ones should be available at most pet stores.

    And quit looking at me like I'm crazy.

  4. You know, my wife brought that up originally as a complete joke, but that might not be a half bad idea. Hmm. Now you've got me thinking. I grew up eating milkbones as snacks with my uncle because he just figured, one for the dog, one for me is a good way to go so I'm not about to be looking at you like you're crazy! XD

  5. I know people (my wife included) who would kill for a "salt freely" pass...but I'm with you, too. I don't eat many processed foods and I'm also trying to maintain a decent weight loss.
    A few suggestions:
    1. ProAmatine, if you want to go the pharm route--a few people I know swear by it.
    2. cottage cheese
    3. Trader Joe's Pink Himalayan salt--much more palatable than regular table salt.
    4. Salt tablets--so that you can continue eating the way you like.

    I hope you get some relief soon. Dysautonomia is no fun.

  6. Wow, thanks, Xan. I was just thinking about the pink salt I saw the other day and buffered salt tablets kind of sound like a dream come true. I'll have to try these out. Thanks so much and hope your dysautonomia isn't giving you too much trouble.