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High blood pressure | Polymyalgia Rheumatica and GCA | Patient
Posted 7 September at It's a long time since I have been to this forum and people who may remember me , I hope you are all getting on ok. November 14 was diagnosed with PMR. I was diagnosed with multi migraines.
Still have head pain on a daily basis. Have reduced prednisalone down to 5. So have been advised to buy a blood pressure monitor and take pressure twice a day for 2 weeks. Wondering when I see my doctor if I should ask to wait until I am of prednisalone before treatment is given? Incase that is the cause.
Under lot of stress at moment. Waiting for Chk on husbands myaloma as he is in a lot of pain and have house on market trying to move because he had always wanted to. But my feeling still wonder if the steroid is putting up my blood pressure as I have suffered other side effects ie pressures up in eyes and hair thining etc. Absolute scared with the thought of my blood pressure being up as my mother died at 49 from hypertension , I am now 67 and she had a stroke while carrying me.
It is hard to guess why you have high BP. I only had higher BP initially, while on 15mg prednisone, and it went away as soon as I was below 10mg.
But we are all different. My guess in your case is that you have high BP from the stress you are going thru. Your husband health and selling home is plenty of stress to impact your BP.
If you can, try not to worry too much and take one thing at the time. Thank you for your reply. I know in my heart you are probably right. But looked into the patient forum leaflets and they suggest pred can give you high blood pressure.
In fact reading about PMR on their own forum says pred taken over long periods can raise blood pressure.
However the one place you won't see any mention is on the pred leaflet. Which I have just read. Will be glad to stop taking the pred to find the real me again however that will take me some months yet as I do get flare ups and find slow but sure is best for me.
Could stress be a reason? Hi Carol, I do believe the Prednisone caused my blood pressure to rise. My PCP put me on a low dose of Chlorithalidone which is keeping it around the normal readings.
I am now down to 4 mg Pred, but believe I still need the BP med. Thank you ,it will be good to feel in control again. Got down to 6 mg pred and felt good. Since dropping to 5. I think seeing my blood pressure still so high which has been added to the mix was the last straw. I don't add salt to anything except a little to meat and fish dishes when cooking. I guess the weight I have piled on with the steroids and lack of proper exercise is not helping.
I did give up gluten and simple carbs and try and swim twice a week. I am not sure how much it helps. I have been dieting for a year and lost two stone. So expected to see that had done the trick , but no such luck. I only have half a stone to go when I am at my target weight so am disappointed that it didn't work for me. What dose of steroids are you on? I have got down to 5. Starting at 15 mg November Have been doing it really slowly as I appear to be quite sensitive and have recently had a flare.
It appears the lengthy time on steroid doesn't help from articals I have been reading. My iPad is playing up when it comes to replying so I'm sorry for the slow response.
Thank you for the reply. I don't know if it would help you, but I've been finding an evening cup of ginger tea about one teaspoon of grated fresh ginger steeped in boiling water until cool enough to drink, about 15 minutes seems to help me. Also, I'd been avoiding fish because of the sad state of our seafood industry, but had salmon the other evening and felt extraordinarily well the following day. So I'm going to eat a bit more salmon if I can get sustainably caught fish.
Any little thing, besides the pred, to help reduce imflammation I love them all! Thanks to all who wrote to give me back my confidence.
Another way is to check your reading, the old fashion way, with two fingers on your wrist and see if it's the same as your monitor. I have a blood pressure monitor in fact I have four! I sit with my friends having blood pressure parties!
I was replying to Oregonjohn's suggestion. I'm not sure what he is thinking that's why I asked. We want the forums to be a useful resource for our users but it is important to remember that the forums are not moderated or reviewed by doctors and so you should not rely on opinions or advice given by other users in respect of any healthcare matters.
Why not start a new discussion? High blood pressure Posted 7 September at My question is , has anyone had a rise in their blood pressure since taking prednisalone. Give me some cheer please kind people Report this. Oldest Latest Most Votes. Will be glad to stop taking the pred to find the real me again however that will take me some months yet as I do get flare ups and find slow but sure is best for me Report this. My rheumy said a side effect of pred can be raised BP and I should cut down my salt intake.
It appears the lengthy time on steroid doesn't help from articals I have been reading Report this. Beetroot juice is supposed to be good. Surely your pulse rate cannot tell you what your blood pressure is. Start your own discussion.