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    Pain in left side abdomen with largely fluctuating blood pressure
    speckleOD posted:

    I've got some health problems that's been going on since March.
    My current issue is a pain in my left side which sometimes extends to the bottom and sometimes all over my abdomen coupled with spurts of high blood pressure. I've been on BP meds for years and while it has been troublesome at times (when I forget about it), my BP has generally been okay while on meds. Now my BP will be below 120/80 the one day and then go up to 170/120 the next day. And at times when it's bad, like at the moment, it'll be at 151/106 and 30 minutes later it'll be at 128/80 (example from this morning).
    All readings are while I'm lying down and relaxed.
    The highest systolic reading I've seen was 174/117 and highest diastolic was 164/146. That was before having a kidney stone removed in September, so it hasn't been that high since.
    Other symptoms include:
    - a burning/flushing feeling on my shoulder blades (top of my back) and my ears and back of my head,
    - pulputations on my left side. While this reduced drastically after the kidney stone removal, it still happens occasionally (including this morning).
    - pain in my chest between my left nipple and middle of my chest - about same height as my nipple.

    The problem is that the doctors don't want to put me on extra meds because it's fluctuating so much and they say it could drop too low.
    I suspect it's all related to the pain in my left side. Had a CT scan and urine test after the kidney stone removal and the urologist assured me that it's not the kidney that's causing the pain.

    I've been to countless GP visits, a endocrinologist, CT scans (abdo and head), all kinds of blood and urine tests this year, but they haven't been able to tell me what's wrong. They have assured me that it's nothing to worry about, but I don'tknow how they can say that?

    I've asked 2 GPs to send me for a colonoscopy - the one refused and sent me to a psychiatist instead and the other sent me to the urologist. The second GP has now agreed to send me to a gastroenterologist and I've got an appointment on the 13th.

    So yes, the gastroenterologist will probably give me better answers, but with a first consultation on the 13th he'll probably only book a colonoscopy some time next year and in the meantime I'm left with pretty high blood pressure.
    Would love some feedback that can help me with my BP in the meantime. Sometimes it'll all be good for a week or 2, pain in the side remains but it's just there, not really painful and my BP will be normal. Then something will happen and I'll be back to where I am right now with considerable bloating, pain in side and all over abdo and the higher BP.

    Any suggestions would be much appreciated.
    Elizabeth_WebMD_Staff responded:
    Welcome SpeckleOD and Hello,

    I am sorry to hear you have been struggling with these symptoms. Hopefully your appointment with the gastrointestinal specialist will provide answers to get you comfortable and BP under control.

    Have you had any GI studies - endoscopy ?

    You may want to repost your concerns with our Hypertension and High Blood Pressure Community for additional information.

    In the meantime, this information may not be the cure for when you are in pain, but may be helpful - Lowering Blood Pressure Slideshow .

    Please keep us posted and let us know how your appointment goes.

    jabbney responded:
    I realize this is an old post but the symptoms that it sounds like are from an enlarged spleen. Or maybe issues or problems with your speeln.

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