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#1 Old 03-17-2012, 02:48 PM
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Hi,
My housemate has been having fainting spells that are apparently due to her low blood pressure. She's vegan but super healthy otherwise.
She feels it's because she recently quit coffee ( phwoar. How?! ) and has a naturally low BP that coffee was raising periodically. Without going back to coffee, do y'know of any other methods?
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Low blood pressure in a healthy individual isn't a problem and shouldn't be causing her fainting. If the blood pressure is causing it, it might actually be related to something else, like a medication she's taking that lower it beyond what's normal. It's also possible when she quit coffee, she didn't replace it with more water and just stopped sipping throughout the day. She might be dehydrated? If it's not those, I would see a doctor.
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I agree with Limes, that is not normal. It could be a sign of med mis-dosage (like she mentioned), dehydration, malnutrition . . . the list goes on.

She should see a doctor ASAP!

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Having a low potassium level can bring on fainting spells- that's pretty serious and can harm your heart.

I have naturally low BP, and cut out added salt when I got pregnant. Then I went on a whole foods diet and pretty much had no sodium. My doctor had me adding salt again and I was okay.
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I too have very low blood pressure, sometimes in the 90/50s. Other than salt, black licorice is said to raise blood pressure, as long as it hasn't been deglycyrrhizinated. You can get this as a powdered herb or a tea. She should still see a doctor. I've never had fainting spells on account of mine.

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Mine is pretty low too (as is my mother's) - I usually run 90/50-60ish, but that doesn't cause me to faint!

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Definitely see a doctor. Mine is low and I have done the stand up fall down thing (orthostatic hypotension) a few times, especially in the summer if I don't adequately hydrate. My body tends to be weirdly sensitive to my blood pressure and small changes can make getting into a prone position quickly a very, very good thing at times. This was definitely a rule out of a bunch of other things with my doctor before we decided that it was "just" my blood pressure. If I stay hydrated and consume a reasonable amount of sodium then I tend to stay stable and okay feeling.
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So...I've shown her this very thread and she was touched and informed by responses!
This is all very good to know!
(Licorice?! Bizarre! )
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I'm assuming the coffee thing was because of the caffeine? Maybe drink tea? Not as much caffeine but still some.

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Low blood pressure in a healthy individual isn't a problem and shouldn't be causing her fainting. If the blood pressure is causing it, it might actually be related to something else, like a medication she's taking that lower it beyond what's normal. It's also possible when she quit coffee, she didn't replace it with more water and just stopped sipping throughout the day. She might be dehydrated? If it's not those, I would see a doctor.

Definately.

I was only wondering why she has deceided to stop drinking coffee ? Small amounts are very beneficial for health as coffee is full of anti-oxyadants.
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You seems to have a lot of health issues that you're asking us about. Is there a reason your not speaking to your doctor about all of this?
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It's not me, it's my housemate. But we're BOTH going to the doctor together next week. Ha. All will be well
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And nope, don't know why she's avoiding caffeine. My brain can't fathom that ( although I do generally drink tea not coffee ). I think it's an overall health thing
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i worked with a person that had low bp and fainting spells very similar to this, her dr's couldn't find a cause of low bp and basically told her she had to manage it. she had to change her jobs from a sit down most the day job to a standing most the day job, which helped.
she came to me for massage 2 a week to help circulation as her hands and feet were constantly cold, the massage seemed to help, i focused on circulating strokes and lots of stretches.

for sure see a doc.
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Ooo, massage? She's at the doctor this afternoon but I'll suggest the massage !
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Anyone with blood pressure issues (low or high) should research the herb Cayenne Pepper. It is always in my medicine bag.

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I have naturally low BP 90/50 or so, but it does not cause fainting. Hydration with plain water is important, as is eating enough. Has she had her blood sugar tested? Low blood sugar, not low BP, may be the actual cause of the fainting. I am glad she is going to the doc to have it evaluated. Exercise momentarily raises BP (I recomment it!) as does stress and pain (I do not recommend the last 2, just saying.). Our BP can vary a lot even for the same person depending on our physical and mental state at the time of testing.

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I realize this is a very old thread, but I am so glad to have been sent it. My husband has Tachy/Brady syndrome...meaning his BP works backwards than most peoples. He has high blood pressure while at rest and then it drops suddenly when he starts to move around or sit up or stand up. It's the sudden drop that causes the fainting spells, not a consistent low BP. He is on medication to regulate his heart rate for the tachycardia (fast irregular heart beat)and bradycardia (slow irregular heart beat), but since the doctors are more concerned with the high bp than the low, they don't really concentrate on that and he can't really do many things anymore because of the sudden fainting. It usually only lasts a few seconds...just long enough to fall flat on his face, he tends to come to just as he hits the ground. You can imagine how debilitating and terrifying this can be. His doctors don't want to change the meds again so we have been looking for some natural ways to elevate his bp, I think I will start to add some salt back into his diet and see if that helps, also maybe a little caffeine, but I will definitely try the licorice.

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Hello,

 

My husband is experiencing the very same thing.  I can't tell you how many times he has nearly passed out or fallen on his face on cement or on furniture.  We have had all kinds of tests done to no avail.  He is on two medications, the compression hose but nothing seems to help.  Have you had anymore help since your last post?

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