In honor of Valentine’s Day and a few other reasons I give you the following…
With all of my C’s chewing up most of my focus, I’ve neglected to mention my other major health issue. For going on 7 years now, I’ve had uncontrolled blood pressure. It’s mostly high but, every so often, it will bottom out on me. Allow me to put it into perspective for you. 10 years ago, I averaged 120/80. Today my average is 200/140. On those days it drops, it plunges to 100/60.
I’ve been on blood pressure medicines for going on 5 years now and I still haven’t found the right combination to level me off. I am currently taking two different medications daily and one as needed for readings over 160/105, which usually ends up being every day. To date, I’ve tried combinations of 9 different blood pressure medications and still haven’t been able to find the magical happy place. Trial and error seems to be the course of action unfortunately, which has led me to writing this.
I’ve had multiple tests done on my heart, kidneys and one of the major arteries and still no answers. Tonight’s high reading of 211/147, and a conversation with the hubby, prompted me to do a little research to see if there was any correlation between my high blood pressure and my pain (it’s been excruciating the past few weeks) which then led me to research my C’s and their relationship, if any.
In one article, I found the following:
Experienced pain practitioners have noted that unrelieved pain often may be objectively assessed by clinical signs in patients with chronic pain conditions. Results of a recently reported, large-scale research study suggest that these patients may exhibit a greater risk of hypertension and increased sensitivity to acute pain.
Makes sense to me. I am definitely in the category of having hypertension and increased sensitivity to pain. Evidently, hypertension and chronic pain is not a new concept and the article goes on to reference other studies that have been done on the subject.
Let’s delve a little deeper now into what may be causing my high blood pressure.
Crohn’s Disease doesn’t appear to have a direct relationship to high blood pressure. However, indirectly the pain and medications taken for Crohn’s, specifically corticosteroids, can raise your blood pressure. I’m not currently taking corticosteroids, so that leaves the pain issue again.
Celiac Disease seems to be related indirectly as well. A combination of the gluten free diet being deficient in nutrients, as well as, the body’s difficulty in absorbing nutrients, like magnesium, can contribute to high blood pressure. On that same thought, the body may struggle with absorbing blood pressure medications as well. This could definitely be a factor in the cause of my hypertension.
Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis seems to be my only C that has a direct connection with hypertension. Known as Portal Hypertension, this PSC complication involves the portal vein, which is the major route for blood flowing from your digestive system into your liver. As I’ve said before, I don’t currently know the status of my PSC. I, however, do know that I’ve never had my portal vein checked. This is something else that will be going on my list of things to do.
To be honest with you, I didn’t research the relation, if any, with colon cancer simply because I no longer have a colon and can’t technically get colon cancer again. Therefore, colon cancer isn’t a viable reason as to why my blood pressure is high.
In my time spent with Google investigating, I came across a rather interesting article released last December. In it, a new study had opened up the possibility that existing drugs for high blood pressure could be used to treat chronic pain. Unfortunately, the idea is in its early stages and still needs further testing in humans. Which, to me, means another 15 years before it’s a feasible option. C’est la vie.
**Listening to Papa Roach**