Originally Posted by Rich_in_Tampa
That's a good reminder. About 5% of hypertension turns out to be due to things like you described, or a kidney problem, over-active thyroid, or other hormone-secreting tumors. While we usually don't go hunting for them in every patient, they are worth considering in patients who do not respond well to usual therapy, in those who are young, or have very high or very sudden hypertension.
The is a book, "Healing Hypertension" by Samuel Mann, MD, he works at Columbia Presb in NYC at the HTN clinic.
He believes that if pressure comes on young, intense, hard to control, that there is a good chance it is caused by emotions that are not recognized by the patient seated deeply within usually caused by unresolved conflicts, thus the possible secretion of HTN causing hormones.
This is apprently my own case, at a young age, late teens, my pressure went up a lot, but I was also suffering from severe anxiety that made me very dizzy. No one addressed my state of mind at the time and I did not recognize that I was under much stress from events in my life that I did not understand. Docs did all sorts of tests and put me on tons of meds.
I walked around for years very dizzy and the only drug that made me feel any better was when they finally gave me valium, it stopped my head from spinning. It gave me relief. I was finally DX with severe depression/anxiety after having a severe breakdown, almost 20 years after DX of HTN.
I finally found a doctor who examined me as a person as well as a patient and stuck with him for 25 years. He reduced my meds and put me at ease. He understood me, he spoke to me. Pressure was ok with him.
When I moved, the new doc said my pressure was going up, even though I told him when I take it at about 5 drug store machines and have my own home monitors that all measured it within normal liimits. He said, "well I guess there is white coat hypertension" "Well no kidding" I told him.
So those out there with stubborn pressure, try to examine your inner selves, you may well be struggling with something very disturbing in your psyche that is causing you anger, anxiety, and whatever, that you don't fully recognize but sort of suspect is there. The mind is very powerful and I believe is the root of much illness along with diet and smoking.