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bettylee1204 posted:
When I get stressed out, my BP gets really wonky. It will be like 180/40, then go down to 120/60, then go back up, then down. My heart rate will be at 100 in the resting position, and my oxygen level will be around 95 , sometime 94. I feel like I'm having palpitations, and it feels like I just ran around the block. I have a VSD too. My head will really start to hurt as well. When I', not under extreme stress, my BP will be normal. It's happening a lot more now, because my stress levels have been off the chart lately. What can I do? Does it require meds?
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billh99 responded:
No, medical professional normally responds in this forum. And even if they did no one can tell you if you should take meds from messages in a forum.

That said a number of your symptoms sound like they could be caused by thyroid or other hormone problems or possible other medical conditions.

Have you had those checked out?

If it is really from stress there are a number of methods that can be used to help control your response to the stress.

These include should things as bio-feedback, progressive relaxation, breathing exercises, guided imaging, and yoga.

Some of these are explained the book Relaxation Response by Herbert Benson.

Sometimes it helps to use a councilor the help learn these techniques and learn what triggers your stress and how to deal with the stress.

If stress is debilitating you might talk to your doctor about an anti-anxiety meds for SHORT TERM use. But in the long term the "cure" is learning how to deal with the stress.


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