Get your health question answered instantly from our pool of 18000+ doctors from over 80 specialties

187 Doctors Online
Doctor Image
MD
Dr. Andrew Rynne

Family Physician

Exp 50 years

I will be looking into your question and guiding you through the process. Please write your question below.

High blood pressure and sinusitis

Whenever i have a bad attack of sinusitis my blood pressure goes up to 155/110 i also get pins and needles in my hands at the time. is this normal? what can be done to lower the blood pressure- whenever i get this i also have throbbing like pressure in my head and stabbing pains in my neck and upper spine
Thu, 10 Dec 2009
Report Abuse
Question is related to
Diseases and Conditions ,   ,  
  User's Response
's  Response
There is no such thing as "the blood pressure", and the figures you quote are acceptable, - predictable, in fact if you're treating the sinusitis with medications like ephidrine. It would be odd if they didn't rise, so nothing to worry about there. Both systolic and mean arterial pressure can be lowered by sedation, rest, and of course, sleep. (Oddly, alcohol lowers both! - Shouldn't take it with medications, but if you measure your B/P's at 10 minute intervals while gradually getting intoxicated, you'll find they drift wonderfully down! -I promise!- try it, ...It's fun to observe!) Diastolic pressure (the lower one) is principally "response" to the body's "demand" for blood flow. Don't give that one a second thought. The stress (or distress, perhaps?) of having a sinusitis attack is partly to blame for the slight rise in both systolic and diastolic pressures. Again, demand and response, - perfectly normal. PS, - Mine frequently goes up to well over 200/110 and has done for years and years.....but then again, it comes down again to as low as 120/75 when I'm asleep. But then, I'm 80. Since I know exactly what's going on, what's causing it, what the risks are, and what myths are widely circulated about the (4) blood pressures, it doesn't worry me one jot. Incidentally, just because a young person's B/P's measured near his elbow is low, -say 130/75, doesn't mean that's the real pressure generated within the heart. That could be easily -say 200/120. But the elasticity of the upper arteries absorbs a large fraction of the 'generated pressure' so it only SEEMS low, at the brachial artery (near the elbow). So, -conversely, just because a person has high readings at the brachial artery, it doesn't mean necessarily that the cardiac generated pressure (within the left ventricle) is all that high. Depends on the elasticity of the arteries. The less elastic, the more accurately pressures further down the arteries reflect generated pressures, that's all.
Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]
Share on
 

Related questions you may be interested in

doctor1 MD

Blood pressure has been 148/101 for the past 3 weeks. I feel light headed, dizzy, seeing black spots and have swollen legs and ankles. Went to Urgent care and was diagnosed w/a sinus infection (2 weeks ago). My mother died of a mass stroke at 56 and had high blood pressure since she was in her 30 s. Do I need to worry?

doctor1 MD

I have been nauseous and have been lethargic for 3 weeks now. My blood pressure is normally low but has been spiking to 150/108 or so on and off all week. I feel almost like I have the flu but never actually get sick. I have Dr. Apt set but it takes weeks for me to see her. Had a sinus infection and have been on antibiotics for week in a half. Would this cause all of these symptoms?

doctor1 MD

I got dengue fever 3 weeks back and recovered by now. my BP was normal all through the dengue fever i.e 120/80. But after 3 weeks my bp has increased to 150/100 and then down 130/100. because of which i had severe headache. while an ecg the doctor also suggested that i have sinusitis. I never had these complaints in the past. what going wrong here? i am not stessed and dont have any anxiety.

Recent questions on  Sinusitis

doctor1 MD

Dear Dr, I am 30 years Male. I had productive cough in morning for last 2 months and I was suffering from sinusitis also. The sputum was green. Now the cough is gone and only sinusitis remains, no that much sputum. I done a chest x-ray last week which came normal. However doctor told a elevation in Diaphragm and enlagement of heart. What will be the reason of this?. Active Pulmonoray TB not there, but will it be Miliary TB symptom or Amoebic Liver Abscess or anything else?? Please advice me for the next step

doctor1 MD

About a month ago I heard a loud noise in my right ear and got dizzy. Then two weeks later I had upper respiratory and my right ear looked irritated. I was prescribed z pack. Then two weeks after that I felt I couldnt swallow, my skin on my neck was stretching, pressure in my face, and dizzy. I went back to the doctor and he said both ears were irritated and I probably had sinus infection, even though I had no mucus. He prescribed amoxicillin and advil congestion relief. The pressure in my head at times was uncomfortable to a point where I had to look in the mirror and make sure my face was not disformed. I went back a few days, even though the other symptoms went away and he ordered an MRI. All came back normal except for a maxillary mucus retention cyst in my right sinus. The doctor said it was very small and should not be causing all this. Last night I went to the er because, the pressure in my nose for the past two days makes me feel as if I am not able to breathe. My right ear and head are numb when I feel the pressure in my right nostril. No matter what I take no mucus or flem is coming out and I get panicky when I feel the pressure and numbness. I have to say the pressure is not as intense these past few days as it was last week but still uncomfortable and scary. The ER doctor just ordered claritin but when I called my doctor that said it would dry me up more and he gave me sudafed which I am now taking. also was on lexapro (2,5mg) for a few years and took a year or so to wean off it correctly. I have been off of it for over two months. Could this be related? I have an appointment with an ENT this week.

doctor1 MD

I am a 53 year old female, 5 ft 3 ins and 13stone 8lbs. about 7 years ago I had a bad chest infection which I didn t take medication for as it happened over the Xmas holidays. Since then, whenever I get a virus or a cold the right side of my throat and chest feels heavy and I get a cough which takes a while to go away. Is this normal? I also suffer from chronic sinusitis which doesn t help as I get a mucus build up on that side of my throat most days

doctor1 MD

dear sir,
my wife she is 22 year old ,she is suffering from sinusitis with head ace
we are here in calicut kerala,we consult lot of ENT specialists but there is no change yet but now condition is getting serious, so i need a solution to escape from this,is there is any surgery and how much is it cost?

doctor1 MD

I had and was treated for strep. It has been a month, and I still have a lingering cough . Why is the cough hanging on? Have you had similar inquiries from other people?

doctor1 MD

Dear Doctor, I need an analysis (a second opinion ) on MRI Scan/Film. Patient was diagnosed for ALS -Although I dont too much agree with this. The scanned film/documents can be found here:...

doctor1 MD

hi I am XXXXXXX suffering with cold continuosly from last 2weeks and cold is not controlling, often getting cold a mild throat infection and itching of eyes.dont know what type of allergy I am having.can u suggest me any treatment.