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How do I find out if my mother has high blood pressure?

How do I find out if my mother has high blood pressure or low blood pressure? She s lying in bed right now, unable to get up because if she does her head will spin and she will be so dizzy and nauseous that she will want to lie back down. She s only 51 years old, and I m quite worried about her. These are her symptoms: -dizziness -nausea -from time to time head hurts; it s the kind of hurting like your skull s too small and is tight on your brain -a little congestion -head spins She says that it s only in the head; nothing is wrong with her other parts. Please say if it is low blood pressure or high blood pressure. IF YOU DON T KNOW, DON T SAY ANYTHING. I DON T WANT MY MOTHER TO SUFFER BECAUSE SOMEONE GUESSED. Only people who know what they re talking about answer, PLEASE. Thank you very much Yes she smiles plenty and when she speaks she sounds like she has a cold or she had a bad night =) Yes she smiles plenty and when she speaks she sounds like she has a cold or she had a bad night =) P.S. She s walking around now and making tea. Her smile is crooked but she said it s always been crooked, and she s not weak, but her heart is beating rapidly.
Mon, 14 Dec 2009
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I'd consider calling the's possible that it could be either, but I'd err on the side of caution and say high blood pressure. If that's the case, could she be slurring her speach? get her to smile and make sure that it's even on both sides (if one side is not smiling, call an ambulance)...this will check if she's having any signs of a stroke or TIA (aka mini-stroke) the other possibility is that she could have a sinus infection (which is MUCH LESS serious)....if that is the case, she needs to see her doctor anyways as sinus infections can get worse and cause complications. I won't go into them as they may scare the poopy out of you :) But if it is a sinus infection (which probably it is) then it is easily treatable with antibiotics. But seriously, check the smiling, check her strenght in both hands (get her to squeeze your index fingers), listen to her speech and call the hospital if you're in the ER if you have to. Merlin the Cat
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