Low blood pressure symptoms are more common than one may think. More and more people suspect that there is something wrong with their circulation but they have a hard time convincing their doctor about it. Why such seemingly easy task becomes a big problem?
Poor circulation can present itself not only in many different ways but also show up only at specific times. This unpredictability of symptoms is exactly the reason why doctors have hard time correlating them with tests.
The article below will help you understand what to look out for and what to tell your doctor, so your condition can be properly dealt with.
What is low blood pressure?
Blood pressure numbers and symptoms not always go hand in hand. Strange as it may sound, but low blood pressure symptoms may not always accompany actual hypotension. Not all symptoms of poor circulation are reflected in low numbers. That’s why your doctor may be puzzled and may dismiss your self-diagnosis.
Lacking a sympathetic ear of a doctor may be frustrating, but before you pull all your hair out in desperation be aware that neither of you are wrong. It may be absolutely true that your symptoms are heart-related and your doctor may be absolutely right that you do not have a heart-related condition. How can this be? To understand this diagnostic puzzle you need to understand how doctors look at low blood pressure .
According to medical standards your numbers must be below 90/60 before they find themselves in the official hypotensive range. Since blood pressure fluctuates all the time and no one carries blood pressure monitor around “catching” low numbers is not easy.
Distinctive patterns of low blood pressure symptoms
Know that symptoms of low blood pressure can show up sporadically for “no reason” or they may be locked to specific circumstances. Here are some examples of those:
- Lows at specific time only e.g. during PMS (before menses) or after eating
- Lows at specific activities e.g. during exercise or when getting up from sitting or lying down, or
- Lows all the time
Know your pattern and keep a log
Tracking your own heart pattern is vital. A well-kept log will prevent yours and your doctor’s confusion. It will clearly expose times when your numbers are low. Knowing your down-time will give you a clearer idea about the underlying causes of low blood pressure. Start recording your findings today.
Keeping a thorough log is even more important if you are on prescription medication. Many drugs add another dimension of chaos and confuse the numbers even further. I have met many patients that were treated for high blood pressure only to discover that their medication depressed the numbers too much and caused low blood pressure symptoms instead.
Too many people blindly take the drugs doctors prescribe without considering the possibility that heart medications can actually cause heart problems. This is a very common problem in elderly.
High, low or fluctuating blood pressure?
Despite a popular belief, blood pressure numbers do not keep steady through the day. They fluctuate. Because of that a combination of low and high numbers in the same person is a common finding. Circulatory fluctuations are universal and everyone has them. Yet not all blood pressure fluctuations are normal or good.
Before investigating your heart numbers get yourself an accurate and reliable blood pressure monitor first. Reliable equipment will make your job easier and greatly reduce confusion. If you find your numbers to be somehow erratic read the articles in the links below. They will explain the origin of high-low numbers as well as help you decide what is normal and what requires a treatment.
- How common is fluctuating blood pressure
- Erratic heart 101
- Common causes of fluctuating blood pressure
- What hides behind erratic numbers
- Foods that combat fluctuations
Little-known low blood pressure effects
Low blood pressure symptoms are very diverse and may surprisingly extend to more than just one body part. Poor circulation affects thinking and productivity, so it is best not to leave it alone. The symptoms listed below are related to insufficient circulation.
Don’t be tempted to treat headaches with painkillers and lack of focus as unfortunate ADHD. Look for underlying causes. Talk to your doctor or take matters into your own hands. Symptoms are not diseases. They are just indicators. Unless you find and treat the underlying cause, you may find yourself going in circles. Any symptom that recurs is an indication that the underlying cause has not been addressed.
Here are symptoms that can be caused by low blood pressure.
- Feeling of spaciness, whooziness, lightheadedness that prevent you to be productive
- Slow thinking, difficulty in understanding reading material, dullness that may be perceived as confusion or lack of comprehension
- Difficulty learning, trouble with focusing and concentration; kids may have poor grades and dislike school
- Fatigue, dislike for exertion, apparent laziness, slow reactions that keep you from enjoying the more adventurous side of life
- Headaches that are non-throbbing, but dull, pressing that are bothersome, but not bad enough to seek medical attention
- Ear pressure and fullness, humming in ears that is annoying but seldom diagnosed as problematic
- Paleness and loss of musculature, frailness that is a sign of loss of vitality and very poor circulation
- Cold hands and feet, sensitivity to cold; fungal infections on toes because fungus thrives in areas with poor circulation
- Poor quality hair, hair loss, hair dullness that will frustrate you to no end.
Hypotension has far-reaching consequences, which are completely missed by many health care practitioners. Don’t live with it. It can be reversed. Learn how. Get Revived!, your guide to perfecting circulation.