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What are ways to aid postural hypotension?


I have postural hypotension but my doctor didn't tell me much since he wants to do some more tests (echocardiogram et 48 hour holter monitor) What some things I can do to help my dizzy spells and syncope? Can anyone give me some causes of this condition?
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i did some research for you.. hope it helps.
there may be nothing wrong specifically with your heart however drops in blood pressure may affect it ...hope you feel better  (+ info)

I have orthostatic hypotension and I'm looking for ways to ease the symptoms. Any Ideas?


I had a stroke last fall that has left me with orthostatic hypotension. I want to get back to daily activities but this is holding me back. My doctors are trying to help me, but this is not their area of expertise. Does anyone know of medicines or other treatments that may ease the symptoms of orthostatic hypotension?
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Are you on meds that are making this happen? Anti depressants, heart or Blood pressure meds?
The main symptom of this is getting dizzy and even passing out when you stand up.
Wearing ted hose or Jobst stockings will help.
Adding salt to your diet or drinking drinks like Gatorade, if your ankles start to swell us a little less salt.
Get up slowly...Sit on edge of bed for about 5 mins before standing......
Get a B/P cuff to monitor it yourself......See where you are at with it....
These are all things we go at my work for people.....  (+ info)

Affect of orthostatic hypotension on labor and delivery?


Anyone with orthostatic hypotension, or any other types of dysautonomia, who's gone through labor, did you have any symptoms that were exacerbated by the condition? Increase in fatigue, fainting, nausea?
I would also like to specifically know about people who had natural births. My first delivery was in a hospital and I believe the combination of an IV and discouragement from getting out the bed during labor kept my symptoms to a minimum. This time I am planning to deliver in a birth center so I will be walking around and, unless necessary, won't have an IV.
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It's unlikely that orthostatic hypotension will interfere with your labor and delivery as long as, like Ian says, you make sure you rise slowly from a sitting or squatting position and have people there to support you if you feel a little woozy.

While orthostatic hypotension is related to changes in body position, it's probably a good idea for you to focus on being really well hydrated before and during labor. Dehydration is a very common cause of regular low blood pressure, and you don't want to risk that on top of orthostatic hypotenstion.  (+ info)

What should I do about my orthostatic hypotension?


For years, I've gotten lightheadedness, darkened vision, and occasionally other things when I've gotten up from laying down or sitting. I Googled it and found out I have orthostatic hypotension.

When I get these symptoms, I still breathe and function normally. I even got a bad bout of it today while I was talking to my family, and no one noticed anything.

I'm 14, so should I tell my parents about this? Is it dangerous?
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Whoa dude-get to your family doctor ASAP=dangerous for sure-what if you are on your bike in traffic? Or working with machinery?  (+ info)

What is the best method of measuring ocular pressure?


I have been having mine tested for several years now as they are higher than average but no damage so far. I have had 2 methods used one the "puff "test and another putting something onto the eyeball.

Any suggestions on different methods of reducing ocular pressure and general advice?. Many thanks in advance.
Many thanks for so many careful replies, particularly MrsSSG B Jennifer cheeky etc.Of course I will follow what the specialist says but it is really nice to hear from some people who are associated with optometry
cheeky, your :"Intense physical exertion is known to reduce intraocular pressure" link was very interesting
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"There are several methods of testing for glaucoma.

The applanation method measures the force required to flatten a certain area of the cornea. A fine strip of paper stained with orange dye is touched to the side of the eye. The dye stains the front of the eye to help with the examination, then rinses out with tears. An anesthetic drop is also placed in the eye.

The slit-lamp is placed in front of you and you rest your chin and forehead on a support that keeps your head steady. The lamp is moved forward until the tonometer touches the cornea. The light is usually a blue circle. The health care provider looks through the eyepiece on the lamp and adjusts the tension on the tonometer. There is no discomfort associated with the test.

A slightly different method of applanation uses an object similar to pencil. Again, you are given numbing eye drops to prevent any discomfort. The device touches the outside of the eye and instantly records eye pressure.

The last method is the noncontact method (air puff). In this method, your chin rests on a padded stand. You stare straight into the examining device. The eye doctor shines a bright light into your eye to properly line up the instrument, and then delivers a brief puff of air at your eye. The machine measures eye pressure by looking at how the light reflections change as the air hits the eye." http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003447.htm

There is a correlation between intraocular pressure and corneal thickness that makes an individual's intraocular pressure higher or lower from the "normal" range.

The Glaucoma community has denounced the use of marijuana as a medical treatment for high intraocular pressures. PrinceIdoc covered this in another post.

The only way to 'reduce' intraocular pressure is through prescription medications prescribed by your eye doctor.

The best advice I can give is to follow and work closely with your eye doctor for any other signs of glaucoma or damage from increased intraocular pressures.

There is no way you can treat intraocular pressure yourself, only to keep up with your eye health management with your eye doctor.  (+ info)

How can a person tell if they have ocular herpes? What signs are visible? Is there any treatment?


If there are so many ppl that have the disease why is it never spoken about? From reading various articles there are so many people with herpes. Is there a treatment for the ocular herpes to prevent blindness?
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Ocular herpes are basically fluid-filled fever blisters on and around the eye. They are very painful. There are medications to treat an outbreak and medications to help prevent outbreaks, but there is no cure.  (+ info)

what's the difference between the symptoms of vertigo and symptoms of orthostatic hypotension?


what's the difference between the symptoms of vertigo and symptoms of orthostatic hypotension?
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vertigo is dizziness but is also a sign of orthostatic hypotension, which can be alleviated by rising slowly in the morning from lying to sitting on the side of the bed then getting up. Of course orthostatic hypotension usually occurs in the morning as vertigo can happen at any time.  (+ info)

Do people with congestive heart failure have hypertension or hypotension?


I know that hypertension can cause congestive heart failure. However, once a person has congestive heart failure, do they have hypotension or hypertension?

My husband contends hypotension, but I think hypertension. Who's right?
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CHF has more than one cause, so the answer is "both".

For example a patient with CHF from a weak heart (from multiple heart attacks) tends to have a low BP. Some other conditions cause CHF with normal or high BP.  (+ info)

How long can an ocular migraine last?


I see a flashing strobe light out of the corner of my left eye. My doctor thinks it may be ocular migraines (it's not a torn retina according to the eye doctor). But I have had this flashing every day for over 2 months!!! Could an ocular migraine really last THAT long???
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I get the same thing. Its a migrain that doesn't hurt but effects your vision and is very frustrating because you can't focus and lights flash or things in site swirl. Very frightening the first few times. They should not last for 2 months straight. Although you can get one every day that last a few minutes or an hour or more. When this happens, take Tylenol and drink a coke. (I know, that sucks, I absolutley HATE soda and that's the only time I drink it). Lay down in a quite dark room and try to relax. It should go away very quickly.

If you are having one non-stop for 2 months then I suggest you go see a neurologist. That is not normal.  (+ info)

How can I manage symptoms of low blood pressure (hypotension)?


I am really struggling managing symptoms for something that is supposed to be really good! Any help would be greatly appreciated....

In addition to postural hypotension (which can be managed by sitting/lying down) I also get dizzy and lightheaded, my skin gets clammy and I feel nauseous. I am also tired all the time, despite eating greens, jogging every other day, sleeping the requisite 8 hours and drinking plenty of water.

What's going on???
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It's not exactly "really good", and it's even worse when it's hot, or if you live in a hot place, or if you workout too hard, etc.

(I have that too...)

I manage it, drinking lots of water and soda (I have hypoglicemia also). And by eating olives or licking pure salt.

I always carry salt with me, you can put it under your tongue, 'cause thare are lots of vases there and its absorved very fast by your body.
I usually feel ok in a few minutes after that.

xxx.  (+ info)

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