Q. My brother has high BP, mood swings, night sweat, etc. What does it indicate?

Answered by
Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary
and medically reviewed by Dr. Sneha Kannan
Published on Jan 24, 2016 and last reviewed on: Apr 02, 2019

Hi doctor,

My brother is 34 years old. He was diagnosed to have high blood pressure in his 20 years of age. He feels palpitations and sweats at night while sleeping even in cold weather. Many times the sole of his feet get swollen. He remains in haste, cannot wait for long, and gets anxious many times. He forgets things easily that is things where he had kept earlier like taking mobile or purse or identity card with him while going to office. He dislikes delay in anything because he cannot wait much. He gets angry and irritated if the person before him works slowly or not able to understand what he said. He does not have patience and has little tolerance for delays and imperfection. He used to talk more negative about girls. He knew that is wrong but by saying so he feels relaxed. Though he accepts his faults, he is impulsive about scolding others for their imperfection, shortfalls, weakness and sluggishness. He lost his father at the age of 12. His father died of heart attack and his mother is suffering from chronic schizophrenia.

Dr. Ashok Kumar Choudhary

Andrology Geriatrics Psychiatry Psychologist/ Counsellor Psychotherapy Sexology


Welcome to icliniq.com.

First, regarding his mental condition, it seems that he is suffering and there is a definite need for treatment. The problem becomes more acute considering positive family history of schizophrenia in mother.

Most of his symptoms indicate mood disorder which includes both bipolar disorders as well as depression.

Now regarding his physical condition, I feel there is a definiteneed to evaluate for pheochromocytoma.

It is a condition where high secretion of brain chemicals (noradrenaline) resulting in high blood pressure, irritability, instability, and swelling of feet. Even his psychiatric condition can be explained by the same disorder.

Considering all these, please take to him to a doctor for physical evaluation about the possibility of pheochromocytoma. He will take a more detailed history and will suggest some investigations which include vanillylmandelic acid (VMA) level.

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