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Blood Pressure Medication after SAH surgery

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I would like to know how many SAH patients are on blood pressure medication following their SAH surgery.  I wish I had been before my aneurysm ruptured :(  So now I am on some and I am getting stomach cramps, more headaches, and very loud tinnitus, also it doesn't really put my blood pressure in normal ranges - top number is generally 130s or 140s, bottom number generally 85 to 95.

 

I think that's too high and don't want to look forward to another aneurysm, any ideas?

Thanks :)

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Hi Xizzi,

 

I am on BP pills don't know why either, as mine is normal..ish 138 over the bottom Number which I forget.

I don't get any adverse reaction though, try drinking boiled water as when young if we had anything wrong with our tums our Mum used to swear by a cup of boiled water. 

Old fashioned remedy but worth a try !!

 

Ringing in ears is horrid mine sounds more like seashore and a buzzing and my ears get dirty quicker than before op yuk !! lol

It gets better with time, or I have got used to listening to seashore buzzing sounds, who knows lol.

Good luck ( Oh and also if people stress me out noise becomes worse so I sing)

 

Winb143 xx xx

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hi the normal blood pressure systolic that's the upper figure is normally 100 plus your age and the diastolic the lower figure is normally about 75  remember everyone is different  if you are concerned see your gp  about the tinnitus hope this helps you

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My blood pressure has always been lower than average so I am not on meds.

The thinking is that high BP can make an aneurysm pop.

 

Let's face it, there will be many people walking about that have them and know nothing about them and they will never burst.

 

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Hi Xizzi,

 

Perhaps you should find out what figures are normal for you from your doctor.  Blood pressure varies quite a bit and you should find out what the parameters are for your 'normal' range.  Apart from anything else this should set your mind at rest, relieve any stress you may be feeling from thinking about it all the time.

 

If your doctor says your BP is too high then also get their advice on how to combat it.

 

I guess what I am saying is make your own luck by going to the doctor's to do something about it.

 

Good luck and let us know how you get on.  As for tinnitus, ask about that too.  It may be related but then again it may not, you might just be feeling the effects a little more, but either way the doctor is the place to go.

 

Macca

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Hi,

 

I was put on BP meds too, plus a few others, mainly to help protect my one kidney ( I was a donor in 2006) to reduce risks of further stroke. It has been a hard graft to loose weight and increase my fitness levels. I'm getting there though!

 

It can take time to get the correct dosage/ drug so give it time and talk to your GP about any concerns.

 

Also we have our own BP machine at home (bought a while ago because of Hubs critical illness and his needed regular checking) it's given us great peace of mind and will enable you to track your own and then show your GP.

 

Take care,

 

SarahLou Xx

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Hi Xizzi

I never had high blood pressure and still had an aneurysm rupture.  Here in the US they generally look for the upper number to be 120 or less and the lower to be in the 70s.  That said, my 92 year old mother-in-law has a kidney doctor who tries to keep hers somewhat higher ( 140 over 80 something) to boost her kidney function. So, obviously the best ratio varies depending on other factors.

 

If the meds are making you feel badly, can they try another formula? At any rate, your dr is the one to ask.  Hope you feel better soon.

 

Colleen

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Hi Xizzi,

 

I take two blood pressure medications at their maximum dosage as I have high blood pressure as a side effect of my congenital heart defect (without medication my BP has been as high as 240/180). I took these prior to my brain haemorrhage and am still taking them now afterwards.

 

I have also had heart surgery because of the defect and the combination of that and the meds makes my blood pressure around 130ish/80ish. My cardiologists are happy with this figure, however I know my case is different due to the heart defect anyway.

 

I also have an un-ruptured aneurysm which is being monitored and my neurosurgeon is not currently concerned with my blood pressure as it is.

 

I have taken blood pressure medication for over ten years and in my experience it can take a while to get the correct dosage and to find the right drug. There are a number out there and most of them have some side effects. It is a matter of trying to find the best combination.

 

As others have suggested on here I would advise speaking to your doctor about the medications you are on and maybe get them to do something like a 24hour blood pressure test to see how your BP varies over the day. Readings tend to be higher when seeing the doctor and it could be that from day to day you are actually achieving much lower readings. Your readings might also be much lower whilst you are asleep so a higher dose of your medication might not be a good idea. A home BP monitor might be another good idea as others have suggested.

 

Good luck,

Gemma

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Hi Xizzi, 

 

Magnesium, Calcium and Zinc seem to help lower my BP.  I've also read that a plant based diet can make a big difference. 

 

Hope you find something that works without the side effects!

 

Suzy

 

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Hi Xizzi

I was also advised to start on BP tablets post my SAH( I had mine when I was 39 and had just discovered I had high BP prior to the bleed) . 

 

In the four years since my BP has jumped about considerably and I definitely get white coat syndrome which raises it to eyebrows raising levels , but I also find if I ask the doctor or nurse to take a reading with a manual machine it is much better than the automatically inflating cuff ones...I have quite skinny arms. Anyway My surgery are great so they do that now a few times and my readings are much more manageable and my BP is now back to normal for my age now but I stay on the tablets for the time being. 

 

i didn't want to take them to be honest but my GP at the time said it was a good idea to keep my BP steady  and then I came here and people reassured me that it would be a good thing also and it has been. I am low dosage but I also walk every day,don't drink or smoke and I try to eat healthily but I think the most important is a good nights sleep, I guess what I'm saying is it's more than tablets it's lifestyle. 

 

As for the tinnitus , I also had that post bleed and still do to an extent but If I'm very fatigued it Ramps the noise level up and adds some squeaks and whistles to my usual low level hum. I don't have much suggestion there, ear plugs helped early on but I have just had to learn to shift my focus from it.

 

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I am on 12.5mg of Losartan which is a really low/minimum dose - and I'm given this as a preventative measure as my BP is higher than normal but not too bad. I used to have low BP before my SAH.

 

Many people here are talking about tinnitus - I used to have clicking in one ear and whooshing blood sounds in the other ear when I went to bed at night which used to drive me nuts. I also seem to hear 'birds singing' when it's quiet - but my partner tells me I'm hearing things LOL.

 

However back to the tinnitus:  I finally tried cranial osteopathy after my sister set me up with an osteopath (my sister is an osteopath but doesn't specialise in the cranial osteopathy side). Well...I found it expensive at around £45 a pop and it felt like she did nothing other than gently massage my head for 15 minutes or so. I felt really quite let down and annoyed and personally after my first 2 sessions thought I was wasting my money and time.

 

On my 3rd session I asked how many other sessions I needed and she mentioned 1 or 2 more at the most. Well...I went home feeling somewhat defrauded because once again during the session it felt like it was a wishy washy affair not capable of changing anything. I resolved not to go again.

 

I'm not sure how long after I noticed anything...perhaps a few days or a week, but not long after my third session I noticed that all the clicking and whooshing sounds had stopped entirely and it's now a few years later and I still don't have any issues with this - although last week I remember hearing a clicking sound for the first time in ages which has gone again.

 

Anyway I was / I am really pleased. I still don't quite understand how what she did could have made a difference...gently feeling along my scalp and gentle pressure ....but I cannot say that I didn't get a really positive result  either - so I can only conclude that it works even despite my obvious misgivings. 

 

I still hear bird song where there is none though!! My mum hears music which isn't there and it is a condition in itself but that's another story LOL.

 

Hope that helps!

Snootybutnice

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