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Cervical problems causing high blood pressure ????

jellyhalljjellyhall Posts: 4,372
edited 06/11/2012 - 7:57 AM in Neck Pain: Cervical

I was wondering if anyone has been told that their high blood pressure is being caused by neck problems. I haven't been told that, but have read that it is possible.

I haven't had high blood pressure in the past, but have now been told that it is high (160/92) Had it rechecked two weeks later, and it is still high - about the same. Will have another test in 2 weeks and if it is still the same, they will give me a 24 hour monitor.

I now wonder if it could be caused by my neck problems; particularly the compression on my cord.

How do they find out what is causing high blood pressure? Perhaps they can't tell what is causing it.

It is amazing that 3 years ago my health was fine and I would only visit the doctor about once every three years, but since my spinal problems were diagnosed, I have had all sort of health issues.



  • Hi Jellyhall. High blood pressure can be caused by so many things. I first was diagnosed when I was about 32. Heredity, medications, pain, weight, fitness level are just a few things that can contribute to blood pressure. Nothing is easy.

    Take care.
    4 level ACDF C4-C7 5-2-11, laminectomy & discectomy L4-L5 1/26/12, ALIF L4-5, L5-S1 12/10/12.
  • Howdy Jelly,

    I've always had low blood pressure, but once my pain went to the chronic side of the house, the BP ever so slowly started creeping up. By the time I was 44, I was on blood pressure medications!

    After a thorough cardio check up (nuclear, stress, echo EKG etc.) my Cardiologist advised me that most of my blood pressure issues are thanks to chronic pain. He said BP is one of the first physiological changes we have when pain is constant.... That's what I was told, and yes the BP is still sneaking up little by little - my medications change yearly now.

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
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  • Brenda, do you remember how high your blood pressure got before they put you on medication?

    I suppose I had better mention it at my appointment with the Neurosurgeon and Pain Consultant on Tuesday.

    I will be thinking of you on Tuesday too. Do you have a time for surgery yet? I wonder what the time difference between us is. How many hours behind GMT are you? If I know the time, I'll be saying prayers for you and your hubby while you are in surgery. :-)

    Gentle hugs and sending lots of peace and calm for your couple of days before surgery.

    >:D< >:D< >:D<

    You know that there are lots of caring friends here who are rooting for and praying for you Brenda. Think of us as your cheering team.

    <:P =D> <:P =D> <:P =D>

  • Hey Jelly. Sorry to hear about the high BP. It can often be caused by pain as well as lots of other things.

    One thing to consider is talking to your doctor about herbal medications that can help lower your BP. My hubby takes hawthorn extract and fish oil and his BP has been in good shape since he started taking them a couple of years ago. As an aside, he also takes cherry extract for his gout and hasn't had a flare in three years.

    That might be a good starting point before getting on more pharmacuticals. I always like to try herbals before having to take a prescription.

  • MetalneckMetalneck The Island of Misfit toysPosts: 1,786
    There is renal or portal hypertension that they could tell the origin is kidney involvement...

    Most hypertension is referred to as "essential" hypertension which means essentially we don't know what the exact cause is.

    Certainly pain can cause your blood pressure to be elevated.

    Compression of the cord? .... I essentially can't answer that one really .... not that I've heard of.

    But like you.... I didn't have HBP until I started having neck problems so there is at least a cause-ual relationship.

    HBP most typically is related to the aging process build up of atherosclerosis in the arteries and arteriolosclerosis. (plaque build up and hardening of the arteries).

    Can lead towards senile dementia ... which I believe I have today.

    or something like that ....

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  • I also prefer to use anything other than pharmacutical medication (and surgery too!).

    Thanks for the information about what your hubby finds helps him. I will make a note of it, and once they have finished monitoring my blood pressure, if it stays high, I will talk to them about other ways to get it down.

    Before my surgery, I was trying anything and everything to avoid having surgery. My chiropractor gave me all sorts of advice of things to try. I really believe that they were helpful. It was just that the architecture of my spine had become an issue and it needed decompressing, pulling back into alignment and then fusing.

    I also use all sorts of things to help with pain, so that minimises how frequently I have to resort to pain meds.

    It sounds like having high blood pressure could be a contraindication to taking NSAIDs. That will be a shame as I find Ibuprofen to generallly be pretty efficient at lessening my pain. Some of the other meds (even stronger ones) just don't seem to touch it.

  • I'm with you there Metalneck!

    I think my hubby would agree that, I too, have senile dementia!!

    I'll blame it on the high blood pressure!

  • Just wanted to stop by and wish Brenda the very best for Tuesday!

    Hi to all of the rest of you senile or not!

    Only kidding, of course.

  • Howdy Jelly,

    If I remember right I was in the neighborhood of 135/85 - ish.. Also too my heart rate (resting) was sitting high 80's, bottom 90's. I was started on a very low dose of Toporol (25mg a day). I've since switched to Atenolol and am now up to 150mg a day plus Hydrochlorothiazide (water pill to reduce volume).

    Due to the length of time in the OR, I won't have a show time until tomorrow afternoon. Also too they have to set the OR up to be Latex free as well. This time of year I am 5 hours behind on GMT (EST here).

    I'll take you all as my cheering committee any day!! *HUGZ* back to ya!! :)

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
  • Thanks very much, appreciate!! :)

    PCTF C4 - T2, Laminectomies C5, C6 & C7. Severe Palsy left arm/hand.
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