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I've been having some health issues recently that my doctor thinks is due to acid reflux. Actually having an upper endoscopy next week. One thing I did not mentioned to him is that my blood pressure has been running low recently. When I just took my bp it was 99/52. The diastolic number for the last few days has been below 60 and has been as low as 47. For the most part I feel alright maybe a tad bit weak and tired. I've been having abdominal tenderness, burping, hiccups, chest discomfort, and back aches. My doctor thinks these are related to reflux. However, I've had a couple episodes shortly after eating where I feel weakness in my shoulders and the upper part of my back. I know I'm being paranoid about a lot of things now because the health issues I'm going through are giving me anxiety which I hadn't really had before. Also should mention that I've been having some tonsil issues which I haven't consulted a doctor about. Currently my tonsils are red and one of them has a few white spots on it. Anyone have any thoughts as to what could be going on? Is the blood pressure something I should be concerned about?
Your BP is running low and you have to mention this to your Dr. Actually, I'm really surprised he does'nt check it every time you see him. Or does he and this just started happening?
It sounds like you may have tonsillitis and this needs to be addressed. I would think antibiotics could take care of this. Unless you have chronic tonsillitis, then they may have to be removed. This could also be caused maybe by the acid reflux irritating your tonsils.
You do have many of the symptoms of acid reflux but you might want to ask your Dr about doing some tests on your heart. I'm not trying to frighten you at all. It's just better to be safe. Women can have different symptoms then men when it comes to their hearts.
Your not being paranoid, your a person who wants to take care of themselves.
I hope you'll keep us up to date on how your doing and what your tests say. Take care. Remar
It's been 3 weeks since I had my blood pressure checked at the doctor's office. Every time I go to the doctor I get super nervous and my bp is always up. My entire life I've had a fear of going to doctors so I hadn't been to one in 5 years before all of this started. Last week when I went to the general surgeon, for consultation about the upper endoscopy, they did not check my bp. It's over this past week where it's been running abnormally low. Just noticed the spots on my tonsils a few days ago, though I've been having issues with them for a couple months as well. Some days it feels, when I swallow, like one side of my throat is a little swollen and my tonsils will hurt when I yawn.
I'm having so many issues that I'm wondering if people are just going to think I'm being a hypochondriac. Though you can definitely see something is going on with my tonsils. Also wake up every morning with super bad breath and a white film covering my tounge. I'm supposed to be having the upper endoscopy in a few days, do you think I should call the doctor's office and let them know about my throat and blood pressure? This is all new to me and I don't know what to do! Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
I am not sure what to think of it. I do not have acid reflux and my BP used to be 120/80 however in the past 13 years it has gone low. it used to be 90/60 now it goes 84/54 and they have seen it lower. all the doctors say is add some salt to my diet. that this means I have a healthy heart and not much they can do. the only symptoms I have is I am FREEZING all of the time and so tired I have been checked for thyroid and diabetes and you name had it checked and all is normal.
good luck and thought I would let you know that I have low BP too
I guess I feel alright it just worries me that my blood pressure is running low and I'm having these other health issues. Just took my BP again and it's 96/55 currently. My hands are always cold and I have been more tired recently. This is all so frustrating to me and I don't know what to do. I've had such a bad day with my chest aching, it's miserable. If that is acid irrirating my esophagus, then why aren't PPIs helping me? I'm also taking Carafate 4 times a day. Guess I'm not going to do anything about the throat issues until after I have the endoscopy. I'm afraid they won't do it if I'm having trouble with my tonsils. I need answers and soon because this is really starting to effect my everyday life.
I think they will still do the endoscopy on your. I am not sure where you are from, but can you get some previcaid OTC and see if that helps with acid reflux. I know that they were insistent that my now 6year old had it and that was causing his issues, well they did a brohncoscopy and did a little biopsy and no acid reflux, he has a narrowing of his throat due to the fact he was on a vent and intubated so many times. a low BP might not be a bad thing but it is hard because you are tired all of the time as well as cold. heck when it is 80 I am still wearing a sweat shirt.
good luck, when is your test?
Thanks for responding. I've been taking Prevacid for 3 weeks now with no improvement and I'm taking Carafate. Is the low bp nothing much to worry about unless it get so low that you get lightheaded? I'm having the upper endoscopy on Wednesday which I am nervous about. I'm worried that they will find something wrong and also worried that it will reveal nothing and everyone will think I'm crazy.
you know what?, you aren't crazy!!!! not to really change the subject, my now 6 year old son has cardiac has passed out once and has come close to passing out several times (he drops to the floor and says he is so tired and can't even function) I would count his HR very low (40's) then at times he would go over 200 and for no reason start turning blue. all of the doctors, and I think my husband would think i am crazy well then after a few years some people started to notice it too. he now after 5 years has an implant in him to see what his HR is doing they have caught it going as high as 261 beats and as low as 46. so now they say oh well we don't know what to think.
in the long run you are crazy and if you aren't satisfied with the answers you aren't getting, then keep plugging away until you are satisfied took me only 5 years
I know what you are saying you want them to find something so you can get answers but you don't want them to find anything because you don't want anything wrong
To Unwell247. I completely understand what your say. When I see my Dr, who I've had for 19 years, my blood pressure is almost always high. He does understand this so I bring my readings from home which are normal.
I do think it would be a good idea to call your Dr and tell him about your low blood pressure, tonsils and no relief from antacids. Remar
Michelle - Gosh, that must have been scary for you to see him going through that and not being able to get anyone to listen. Glad that you were finally able to get help for him. Hope he is doing well. I really hope I'm not dealing with this for 5 years I wish I didn't even have to deal with this for 5 more days. If they find nothing wrong everyone everyone is going to think it's all in my head. I am having anxiety where I'd never had it before but it's only because I'm in pain and am afraid that it won't go away. The first thing I think about after waking up is please let this be a decent day.
Remar - My blood pressure has been as high as 156/96 when going to the doctor when it's normally 110/70. I get so stressed out. Always in the back of my mind, even when I was just over a sore throat, I would think the doctor was going to tell me I had 6 months to live. Completley ridiculous but true. Then I knew nothing was really wrong and I was being irrational. Now I really do think something is wrong which is really making me have anxiety. The combination of the gi issues, tonsils, and low bp is worrying me a great deal. I will discuss these with my doctor.
Thank you both for taking time to respond to my post. I appreciate your advice as well. Hopefully I'll get all of the issues figured out soon. Take care!
Does your Dr take your BP as soon as he enters the room? You might want to ask him to do this last. That's what I started doing and it really helps to get a more accurate reading.
Have you been diagnosed with anxiety? It can cause many symptoms including GI issues.
I hope you do find out what's going on soon. Keep us up to date and take care. Remar
My primary doctor has told us over and over again you should wait when you are in his office to get a BP because most people are stresses when they go to the doctors and this will raise your BP he also holds out our arms almost straight out for a more accurate BP
I pray that they will figure out what is going on. to be honest I KNOW this is easier said then done but who cares what people think you know what is going on in your body.
oh one more thing what type of BP machine is your doctors office using. the electronic ones aren't always right.
Good luck and as far as my little guy no they still haven't solved his issues yet. we have to see a genetics doctors next week and I am hoping to get the answers I am looking for.
Well, I had the upper endoscopy this morning. It wasn't anywhere near as bad as I thought it was going to be. I slept through the entire procedure. They did find irritation to my esophagus which they took a biopsy of. I wasn't able to speak to my doctor after the procedure so I really won't have a clue about what they found until my follow up appointment next week. How could my esophagus be irritated when I'm taking Prevacid and Carafate, following a GERD diet, and eating small meals? At least I'm getting some answers now, I suppose!
Thank you both for your support, it means a lot to me. Sometimes it's easier to talk to complete strangers than it is the people that are closest to me. I don't want to be whining but I just haven't felt well at all recently and I'm sure they get tired of hearing me complain about it.
I was pretty nervous this morning and my blood pressure was only 129/84. Last night it was 94/52! Didn't mention that to anyone before the procedure today. When I've had it taken at the doctors office, they do it first thing, which is when I'm most nervous. It's been high on the electronic as well as the manual bp machines. I always try to call myself down in the waiting room but as soon as they call my name I can seriously feel it go up.
As far as the anxiety goes, I did mention it to my primary care physician the last time I was there. He gave me a prescription for Hydroxyzine which I haven't been taking because it does nothing for me. It's just mainly an antihistamine that he said to take before bed to help me sleep. It's the lowest dosage possible and really does nothing. I've been wondering recently how much worse I've been making my symptoms, or even causing some, because of the anxiety.
I've always cared way too much about what people think about me and I know I shouldn't. At least I do have something to report back in that the endoscopy did show irritation to my esophagus. Wonder if that could explain the chest pain?...but what about my back? The paranoid side of me, or maybe it was because I was still groggy from the drugs they gave me, think I heard one of the nurses say something about Barrett's esophagus. I hope not! Please just let this all be as simple as acid reflux and that it hasn't done any damage!
Again, thank you both so much for taking time to talk to me!
Yes, the irritation could cause the chest and back pain. I'm glad to hear you got through the procedure with no problems. Now your starting to get some answers.
You might want to talk to your Dr about a different anti anxiety med. The one your taking is doing nothing for you and anxiety can cause GI issues. I'm not saying this is what is going on with you, but the anxiety could be making it worse.
We're always here to talk with you. Please let us know what the biopsy results are. Remar
Well, I had my follow up appointment yesterday. He did say Barrett's when talking about my esophagus. He said I've clearly been having reflux for a while. He, however, didn't seem concerned about anything the endoscopy showed.
I was extremely nervous, as usual, and failed to retain info or to ask questions. How long does it take for Barrett's to develop? Is it unusual for someone my age to have it, I'm only 26!? Maybe I misunderstood but I don't think so. I of course think of 50 different things I would've liked to ask him hours after the appointment was over.
Since Prilosec, Nexium, and Prevacid haven't helped his thought was that just maybe it's bile reflux. From what I've read it seems if that were the case there would've also been irritation in my stomach, which there wasn't. Anyway, he prescribed Ursodiol and said that may help if it is indeed bile that's being refluxed. He said for me to come back after a month of taking it and we'd decide what to do from there. He is a general surgeon so he said he would refer me to a gastroenterologist if I'm still having problems.
Please hope for my sanity, as well as the people around me, that this help!
I've decided I need to start making some changes in my life instead of obsessing over my health all the time. I'm going to get back in to exercising which I've stopped doing the last few months. Also going to quit spending so much time on the internet researching symptoms. Haha!
By the way, the white spot on my tonsil was apparently a tonsil stone, as it came out the other day...disgusting! Still having low BP but I haven't spoken to a doctor about that yet.
Just wanted to post an update in case anyone was interested. Have a good day! Take care!
I understand what's it feels like when your talking to your Dr about your diagnosis. It can be nerve racking. You can always call and ask him to explain everything to you again.
I do hope the new med works for you. The other ones were over the counter meds and probably just not stong enough.
Exercise is a great stress reliever. Good for you for making these changes!
So it was a tonsil stone? I've never heard of those before.
You really do need to talk to your Dr about the low BP. Hopefully you can do that soon. You have a great day too. Remar
The sore throat can be caused by the acid reflux. My throat swelled so bad to where it was hard to swallow. The low BP is not that big of a deal. Mine is close to that also. Been to many doctors and none of them concerned. I had the upper Endoscamy sp? done and you won't feel a thing. They put you under. Now if they want you to swallow electronic pill to wirelessly monitor your Bravo PH level that is not fun. I am taking Dexlant but it is really expensive. There are some natural thing but you have to take 12 pills a day. Hope you figure it all out.
Hello. I have reflux and GERD. Bad enough that I had a fundoplication. They stapled the top of my stomach to my esophagus. Dr. says I was born without the LES muscle - so I've had reflux all my life.
I am taking Dexilant and it is a life-saver! Finally, something that works for me! I have taken Prilosec, Simethicone, Pepto, Pepcid, and you name it. Then I had the surgery and thought it was over. NOT.
My reflux/GERD had me scared that my heart was going to stop! The pain is so similar to angina. (I do have angina/mitral valve prolapse) But, this felt like angina and it wasn't. It was heartburn.
Anyway, after the surgery I was okay for the first few months - no reflux!! yay! Short-lived. The reflux/GERD came back and I am on Dexilant. As I said, it's a life-saver as it controls the condition very well.
I hope this new medicine is controlling your Barrett's and that you are doing better. It is so frustrating to hurt so bad every day.
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