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    #46
    Bob Clark,

    I'm T6 and have low blood pressure problems. The nurses in the hospital almost always ask if it's typical for me to be so low because they're surprised.

    I think I did better with eating when I took a shitload of spasm medications or maybe it just glossed over it. I'm not certain.

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      #47
      OMG! This is something else that I have to worry about for my daughter? Does it never end?!!! I never heard of this and I will have to keep "another" eye on her. Although she has never complained about anything after eatting. But anyhow, thanks for the info (no matter how depressing it is).
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      Stay safe my son. See you around thanksgiving!

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        #48
        Frank Barone. lol

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          #49
          Voted yes, always. Short of breath, tightness across abdomen, dizzy - it is at its worst in the morning after eating (even if it is only a tea & biscuit).

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            #50
            Originally posted by Le Type Fran├žais
            Bob Clark,

            I'm T6 and have low blood pressure problems. The nurses in the hospital almost always ask if it's typical for me to be so low because they're surprised.

            I think I did better with eating when I took a shitload of spasm medications or maybe it just glossed over it. I'm not certain.
            I agree Todd. From what I've read over the years, it seems that low BP can effect all SCI's regardless of injury level, especially when they stand (orthostatic) but I always thought this was more common in quads which is why the 2006 paper is so interesting because it suggests that postprandial hypotension in particular is more common in paras.

            Conclusions:Patients with mid-thoracic SCL may develop PPH. The pathology causing PPH can include a thoracic but not a cervical SCL. The normal hemodynamic reaction to liquid meal ingestion is mediated through the mid-thoracic spinal cord. The sympathovagal balance increases after food ingestion, more prominently in patients with PPH, and cerebrovascular resistance changes during PPH may help maintain the cerebral circulation.
            Last edited by antiquity; 20 Sep 2006, 11:34 AM.

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              #51
              This poll was created back in 2002 and 2 options are missing, probably due to the server/format changes this site has undergone since then so maybe those other questions were a part of the original poll. I can't recall back that far. As posts #1 and #2 suggest, the poll was created with Dr. Young's input and welcomed input from folks who had other symptoms.
              Last edited by antiquity; 20 Sep 2006, 11:30 AM.

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                #52
                I found this website when I typed "Drop in blood pressure after eating" in Google and to my surprise this is common for people with a spinal cord injury! I just assumed it would probably be a blood sugar thing happening since I had never heard this happening before. I had not experienced it until about 8 years after my injury. I am so happy I found this forum, it looks like there are many subjects that are covered and I don't feel so alone.

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                  #53
                  Originally posted by bonniebraids
                  I found this website when I typed "Drop in blood pressure after eating" in Google and to my surprise this is common for people with a spinal cord injury! I just assumed it would probably be a blood sugar thing happening since I had never heard this happening before. I had not experienced it until about 8 years after my injury. I am so happy I found this forum, it looks like there are many subjects that are covered and I don't feel so alone.
                  Welcome to the board Bonnie~
                  I'm new too & it is a great site.
                  Lots of smart, witty, nice people.
                  Post often~ Mona
                  Last edited by Mona~on~wheels; 29 Nov 2007, 4:13 PM.
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                    #54
                    Tired only after lunch; weird dizzy/vertigo when too hungry

                    I'm C5/6 quad complete, 22 years post.

                    My main problem is falling asleep about an hour after eating lunch, or driving in the afternoon (whether I've eaten or not). It has been a consistent problem for about 5 years. I take no meds. My solution (which I figured out in order to avoid crashing my van) is to pull over and sleep for 10-12 minutes, or sleep at work in my wheelchair for 10-12 minutes as soon as the fatigue hits me. It's very sudden and predictable, and seems independent of what I eat. I always wake up automatically after 12 minutes, and I'm full of energy for the rest of the day. It only happens after lunch, not other meals. If I don't take the nap, I'm nodding off all afternoon (not very productive at work). I don't do caffeine or processed sugars, and I don't think they would help. My blood pressure is about 85/54; and I don't think it changes much after lunch.

                    The other problem is vertigo if I go too long without food. It's a weird feeling, not exactly dizzy or light headed, and a tight "emptyness" in my throat. I checked my blood sugar during one of these, and it was fine. I drink and eat, and it goes away in 15-20 minutes. If I don't eat, I think it would be very dangerous, progressively worse. I've been able to prevent the state by snacking.

                    This is a good topic; I appreciate everyone's inputs.
                    "Cherish your tears. If you can cry, you still have some humanity left, and you are reclaiming more of it." -- David Kelly


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                      #55
                      My symptoms started about 6 yrs. post. I mentioned it to several Drs. over the years but never recieved a diagnoses, though I did take a barrage of heart tests,looking for an answer: all normal. Content of meal doesn't seem to matter, but smaller quanities help. Only happens to me after first meal of the day. If I lay down for 20 minutes or so, don't seem to experience the effects.

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                        #56
                        I have had this problem for 20+ yrs and until finding this forum, thought I was crazy. I switched to a high protein diet which did seem to help, then I read about Sudafed and it solved my problem. I'm disappointed that we aren't taught about this in rehab, and that more GP's aren't educated about this too. It could solve ALOT of suffering on our part.

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                          #57
                          Is it wise to take sudafed every day?
                          I really want help.
                          I have low blood sugar and it's really bad in the chair.
                          Sudafed helps this?
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                            #58
                            I just did an experiment. BP before meal was 103/67. 45 mins after BP is 98/61. Any lower and I will need CPR. But if I do need CPR, can it wait till after my nap?
                            Anything worth doing, is worth doing to excess

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                              #59
                              This occurs to me quite often. While in rehab they had to tell me backwards to eat lunch. Sometimes I eat a meal so I can go out to dinner later and sit up straight to eat. 80% of my meals are laying down.

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                                #60
                                This is all kinda strange. I always heard that bp is lower if you don't eat. I hope mine don't ever do it because my norm is 90/60 and sometimes 86/54. Very interesting post. Wonder if this applies to AB's also?
                                Mary
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