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My mom's BP keeps fluctuating, as it becomes very high or very low. What to do?

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Dr. Sneha Kannan

Published At April 18, 2020
Reviewed AtOctober 21, 2022

Patient's Query

Hi doctor,

My mother's blood pressure got raised up to 160/140 mmHg before two days. I took her to the hospital. Because of pandemics, they did not allow us to get admitted. They gave me some medicines. After taking it, her blood pressure became normal. But she has weakness with a feeling of dizziness. She is unable to sit or stand. While standing or sitting, she feels dizzy. She has lost her energy in the body. How to bring back her energy? She does not have stable blood pressure and it gets fluctuated often. Sometimes, it seems to be very high or low and so she is not willing to take any medications for her fluctuating blood pressure. I need some help. What to do?


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern. Please mention whether she has a past history of hypertension or she was taking any medication before having this episode. A sudden rise in blood pressure can occur due to stress, anxiety, and pain. If she is a known hypertensive patient, then skipping medication can cause a sudden rise in blood pressure. She has high diastolic blood pressure. You need to monitor her blood pressure regularly in a supine position and standing position. You need to check it during daytime and nighttime. Take three to four readings of her blood pressure. It will give us a better idea about her blood pressure fluctuation. Currently, she is having symptoms due to low blood pressure. In hypertension, an elderly patient needs to take less salt than required which leads to low salt in the body and results in hyponatremia. I suggest you monitor her blood pressure. If possible, she needs to do serum electrolytes, random blood sugar, and creatinine. Continue taking Amlodipine under the guidance of the doctor. You can change the dose of it according to the blood pressure.

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