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Diarrhea and high blood pressure
jillikinsk posted:
I have recently had issues with high blood pressure and am wondering if chronic diarrhea can cause high blood pressure. Can it?

I believe my stomach is just becoming more sensitive to spices and hence the diarrhea. Trying to find out if there is a connection between the two. Help!
LilMissMerrySunshine responded:
Were you put on any meds for the high bp? If so, look at that first.

My second thought would be whatever is causing one could be causing the other. Stress on the body (& I don't just mean anxiety or other things docs use to dismiss stomach problems) can cause high bp, diarrhea, etc. This could be physical stress, like pain or an undiagnosed illness, or mental stressors like major family upheaval, etc.

Are you having a lot of pain with the diarrhea, like cramps? Are those getting progressively worse? If the diarrhea has been ongoing, but the high bp just started, increasing pain with it might be a contributing factor.

Have you seen a GI doctor about your diarrhea?

Hopefully there is someone else who can give you more info. Personally, I had chronic diarrhea for years and had very low bp (eventually diagnosed with Addison's), and my hubby has high bp and no diarrhea issues, so I'm just not familiar with a situation quite like yours.
CalGal37 responded:
Because of the water loss during the diarrhea, it would typically lower the blood pressure. There's a direct correlation between water intake/outflow and blood pressure.

However, stress/stress hormones could also have an impact on your BP and skew the results in an elevated direction.
jillikinsk responded:
I have not been put on BP medicines as of yet. I do have Rheumatoid arthritis and type 1 Diabetes. I have thought that my pain form the arthritis could be a factor.

I have not been to a GI doctor yet, I am currently trying to keep a list of what I am eating to see if certain foods do not agree with me.

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