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 Post subject: 68 DAYS OFF.. LOW BP???
PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 11:56 pm 
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Ok so I have been off subs for 68 days after tapering properly. The PAWS have been pretty brutal, but the worst part is extreme lack of energy. The last few weeks I have been taking my blood pressure and it is pretty low on a consistent basis. 88/58 today. I am 24 and relatively active when I have had the energy, but most of the time I am extremely lethargic. From what I have read my low BP isn't a concern w/o symptoms, but I am having all the symptoms. I drink lots of water and eat a lot of sunflower seeds to try and get it up, but nothing is working. I have no clue whether to attribute my extreme, and I mean extreme fatigue to my blood pressure or PAWS. Has anyone else experienced this? Is this normal? I am starting to feel like something is wrong with me and that I should be doing much better than I am having been of subs for a reasonable amount of time. I appreciate your input!


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Hi, I have low blood pressure normally. I have also had a few times of extremely low blood pressure and felt extremely fatigued. Usually when my blood pressure is low I am also anemic which makes you extremely tired, so I am not sure if the exhaustion was do the low blood pressure, anemia or both. Anemia can cause low blood pressure. I am not saying this is what's wrong with you, i am definately not a dr. but if I were you I would make an appointment and get a blood work up done and tell him you have been having low blood pressure with fatigue. Low blood pressure on its own is not dangerous but it can be a symptom of something bigger. It is also a possibility that it is just a bad case of paws, but why not find out.


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Were you (or are you still) taking Clonidine? Just the obvious that I thought might have been overlooked, since it is a blood pressure medication. Otherwise I have no idea whatsoever if where you're at in the w/d game could be responsible for low BP. Maybe Dr. Junig will see this and weigh in with his expertise.

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