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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   I have been under high stress since Thursday and every since my bp has been running high, at last check a few minutes ago it was 138/100 with a pulse of 100 when my normal is around 111/56 with a pulse in the 60's to 70's. I am also very flushed. I went to the dr. yesterday due to what was fluid build up in my ears and bp was exactly 120/80 at that time but the nurse even mentioned my flushed appearance and it hasn't gone away at all today. I have had some wierd feelings as well in my left check but nothing that I would consider pressure or pain. I am just wandering if this is anxiety or if I should be worried as today is now day three of this.
Doctor :   Hi,
User :   hello
User :   I guess it would help to know I am a 40 year old female weighing 143 and 5'6"
Doctor :   May i know what discomfort are you having in the cheek ?
User :   It is actually a very slight uneasy feeling is the only way I know to explain it and it is my chest and left arm.
User :   I have also had times that I can feel my pulse in my ears and temples.
User :   I am also having a tough time going to sleep the last two nights and just generally feel like I am hyped up for some reason.
Doctor :   your symptoms are very typical of anxiety
Doctor :   the changes in the BP adds to it
User :   I have been under a huge amount of stress starting with the loss of my mother in oct. and then a few other family member deaths then my ex-husband, also father to my children died on new years eve. I work for a family business and my step father has laid me off suddenly and I am loosing health insurance for my oldest daughter that has Lupus SLE and I know I am very worried over that. Any suggestions on how to cope or maybe at least try and get bp and pulse under control.
Doctor :   Meditation is the best natural way
Doctor :   also involving in recreational activities may help
User :   I am already on xanex at 1/2 pill a day right now just to cope prior to the lay off on Thursday. It is prescribed for more but I only take what has worked. Should I consider upping my dose and see if that helps
Doctor :   it needs a strong effort to over come , specially with the problems you have
Doctor :   if you have already started the medicine its ok , and yes you have to up the dosage
User :   I just know my kids don't need to come home and find mom has had a stroke or heart attack.
Doctor :   and why do you think so ?
User :   well a massive stroke is what killed my mother in Oct. so maybe I am just scared with the symptoms I have started with that it could happen to me as well.
User :   Her death certificate stated she had high blood pressure and diabetes but she had been under medical care for several months trying to figure out some headaches she was having and never once was high blood pressure mentioned or diagnosed with her.
Doctor :   no , anxiety is no where a reason for stroke
Doctor :   What was her age ?
User :   62
User :   my grandfather had heart desease and actually died when his heart exploded a few years after open heart surgery. I have one uncle that has also had a stroke, my mothers brother but he survived it.
Doctor :   and you are 40 , it takes a lot many other facts to think about such an happening
User :   That was what the logical side of me was saying but with so much death I guess just a little bit scared.
Doctor :   stroke and heart problems do not run in families
Doctor :   do not be worried , more you are stressed less you can face the difficulties you have in your life
Doctor :   you are normal and reaffirm the fact and build up strength to face the hurdles in front of you
User :   So I will go and take another of my pills and see if I can find a level that helps my symptoms within the prescribed range. I think I can take 1/2 to 1 pill up to four times a day or something like that. I just hate taking this stuff and have only taken what I had to in order to get by.
Doctor :   thats fine
Doctor :   try conservative methods like meditation
Doctor :   it will help
User :   Thank you at least talking to a professional has eased my mind that I will survive. I will try lighting some candles, playing my feng shui music and just try and find that inner peace but medication helps for the short term.
Doctor :   yes,
Doctor :   you are welcome
Doctor :   thanks for consulting me
Doctor :   Kindly provide your feedback
User :   Thank you for your time and suggestion.
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