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This feeling of pressure in my chest thing is growing old.

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  1. Are you talking about anxiety? Have you tried Ativan (Lorazepam)? I used to wake up in the middle of the night feeling like I couldn’t take a full breath. I felt anxious and nervous. I was never able to fall back asleep because I couldn’t get my brain to shut up. I’ve been using Ativan for months now and it has made a huge difference. It kicks in within 20 minutes for me. I also take it to help fall asleep. Anyway, maybe your “feeling of pressure” is unrelated to anxiety and I’m just rambling on in oblivion……. If so, my apologies for offering unsolicited advice.

    1. The physical manifestation of pressure is more physiological right now, though seeing those elevated numbers is kind of anxiety-inducing. This was low compared to the last week and a half. Three years ago I went to the ER for the same reason. I’d spend a week in the cardiac ICU. Stress was unmanageable then. It’s been a few year since I’ve had a panic attack, though what you describe is very accurate to my experience with them. This is sustained though – it hasn’t let up regardless of anti-anxiety meds. They did an IV push of ativan and a number of other meds. They helped briefly, but the pressure quickly spiked again. If I had tachycardia with this, then I’d say it may be anxiety. My blood levels are off as result of my liver getting worse. It’s a mix of things. That pressure is painful sometimes. If I went to the ER every time it was painful I’d have to take a few changes of clothes with me. I do appreciate the comment. I do have ativan and it won’t interact badly with my other meds, so I’ll take one this morning and see if it helps at all. Thank you for this reply – even temporary relief is better than none at all. I’ve refills if need be. I was given a “blood pressure” medication yesterday, but the doctor was one whom talks down to their patient without giving actual relevant info. I even used the term diastolic a number of times and they kept referring to it as “your lower number”. I hate that… I’ll pick up the script this morning and see if it’s a beta blocker. If it is, it will help with any underlying anxiety anyway. She didn’t say anything about increased urination, so I doubt it’s a diuretic.. Then again, she may not have felt it was relevant to mention that. It may be time to find yet another primary care doc. I hate dismissive people – especially when it comes to health concerns.

      1. I’m sorry to hear none of the above have worked for you. I agree that it’s key to have a compassionate doctor with whom you can establish a trusting relationship. I have experienced that condescending attitude of a doctor who is more interested in diagnosing than he is in treating. What many psysicians and psychiatrists done realize is how much time so many of us have spent in hospitals and doctor’s offices.

        Until you are able to find the right “relationship”, have you tried hypnotherapy? I’ve not (yet…), and initially thought it sounded a bit hokey, but perhaps it’s worth a shot. Your high BP, if partly a result of stress, might respond positively to something like hypnotherapy or acupuncture or even yoga. (I live in crunchy Boulder, CO so this type of therapy is encouraged and readily-available). Good luck – I enjoy your blog and will be interested to hear how you’re doing. I appreciate you taking the time to reply.

      2. A few years back, I went through what was probably a panic attack – pressure in my chest, difficulty breathing, feelings I was going to have a heart attack.

        Until you find a suitable medical solution, can you try to meditate?

        http://www.secretstomeditation.com/highbloodpressure/

        I went to bed last night thinking I really, really need to do this more. I have rather stupid preoccupations.

        And then there’s bodywork too.

        http://www.atimeforstillness.com/benefits-of-bodywork/

        Nutritionally, if you aren’t taking vitamin e supplements already, I would. It acts as a blood thinner (dilates your blood vessels and preventing platelets from coagulating for no reason) and it has antioxidant properties (scooping up free radicals that cause aging and cancers) as well as helps immune function.

        http://www.livestrong.com/article/414141-vitamin-e-supplements-as-a-blood-thinner/

        http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminE-HealthProfessional/

        “In addition to its activities as an antioxidant, vitamin E is involved in immune function and, as shown primarily by in vitro studies of cells, cell signaling, regulation of gene expression, and other metabolic processes [1]. Alpha-tocopherol inhibits the activity of protein kinase C, an enzyme involved in cell proliferation and differentiation in smooth muscle cells, platelets, and monocytes [6]. Vitamin-E–replete endothelial cells lining the interior surface of blood vessels are better able to resist blood-cell components adhering to this surface. Vitamin E also increases the expression of two enzymes that suppress arachidonic acid metabolism, thereby increasing the release of prostacyclin from the endothelium, which, in turn, dilates blood vessels and inhibits platelet aggregation [6].”

        No idea if this would be helpful to you at all concerning your liver, but I thought I’d throw it out there:

        http://www.naturalnews.com/030445_fatty_liver_disease_vitamin_E.html

        “Fish Oil Fatty Acids Improve Blood Lipids, Improve Liver Function

        EPA and DHA Omega-3 fats have gained notoriety for their ability to positively regulate cholesterol ratios and lower triglycerides. Research published in the British Medical Journal found that supplementing with 1,000 mg of Omega-3 fats per day markedly decreased serum markers of liver cell damage, triglyceride levels and glucose. Any natural therapy that helps the body eliminate triglycerides and lower blood sugar levels will lower the underlying risk factors for NAFLD.

        Milk Thistle Shown to Directly Target the Liver
        The active compound in milk thistle, known as silymarin, is a potent antioxidant and anti-inflammatory agent that directly impacts liver function. Researchers have discovered that milk thistle inhibits the release of cytokines from the liver that normally increases with fatty liver inflammation. This action allows the liver to begin the natural healing process while reducing fat accumulation and reducing blood markers associated with liver damage.

        Vitamin E, Omega-3 fats and milk thistle each help to restore normal liver function for the millions of men, women and children that suffer the silent effects of fatty liver disease. Including all three of these powerful natural nutrients in your daily disease-fighting arsenal will provide a multi-modal defense against NAFLD.”

        I already take a high quality fish oil (Nordic Naturals) and vitamin e supplements (400 IU a day). I might add the milk thistle, simply because I know I have high cholesterol from my thyroid condition.

        If you can’t find an allopathic doctor to take your concerns seriously, then maybe it’s time to talk to a naturopathic doctor. I have heard of some M.D.s extending their training to include integrative (holistic) approaches, but I’m not sure how to find one who has both kinds of training where you live.

        I’m sorry you are getting the run-around from your doctors. It’s bullshit.

      3. I’ll look into what you’ve said here. Given the impending move in the next year I’ll be able to have one of my dear friends as my primary care doctor again. He is a holistic care provider. Hopefully I will have insurance that he can take.

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