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When is low blood pressure simply too low?

By Anonymous July 18, 2011 - 9:53am
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Since I was teen, I have struggled with excessive daytime sleepiness to the point of interrupting my lifestyle & basically disabling me from enjoying things 2 the fullest. Been tested for many things (sleep disorders, thyroid issues, anemia, heart maladies (echos only), etc), to no avail. I have been diagnosed with daytime sleepiness without cause (can't think of the medical term off-hand) & am taking Provigil. It helps little--very little. Common themes: lower B/P (can get as low at 90/55 but averages 110/70 (certainly ideal), and a lower heart rate (60 or less--has been recorded as low as 46). When I am excessively "sleepy", my B/P usually reflects it--low. Most recently, I was so very, very tired & happened to have a doctor's appt. My B/P was 102/64. Hopefully, you get the ideal. The medical profession seems to be at a loss as to my sleepiness, yet I can't get anyone interested in identifying if the low B/P and lower hearrate are indicative of the problem. The common answer: "be thankful you don't have high B/P". Okay, but... Suggestions for possible tests? I did battle breast cancer (estrogen positive) in 2007 w/ chemo, unilateral mastectomy, complete hysterctomy. Also had history of endometriosis. Thank you very much.

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Aloha, my mom, myself, and my daughter all have very low blood pressure and low energy. We also have temperatures that run low..like 96. My daughter even started fainting because her blood pressure would drop so low. She got diagnosised with vasal vagal and prescribed a form of speed, which would double blood pressure and came with tons of warnings. We decided against taking that, and since then, it has been taken off the market as unsafe. Then she took salt tablets, which upset her stomach and caused her to have problems there. We started reading blogs, and now eat really well..fruits and all grains, and that seems to help our energy levels, plus exercise. Hope this helps..doctors sure did not help us at all, and we went to many specialists. Good luck!

July 18, 2011 - 12:16pm
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