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When I was overweight my BP was normal range 120/80. Not diabetic. First 4 months after surgery went to around 105/70. Then after 4 months dropped to 90/60.

Have been working out, eating right and bloodwork each month is good. Started getting headaches, nausea and faintness. Went down as far as 75/48.

I read up on solutions for hypotension. Found I may being losing electrolytes. So started using an Electrolyte Stamina Citrus powder mix from VitaminShoppe. Mix in am with 4oz Water and again after night workout. My BP is now staying around 110/70.

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I had the same issue. At about 7-8 months out, my BP was about 90/60. I went to my PCP about it and she did a bunch of tests. She concluded that I needed to "liberally increase my intake of salt". I have worked on that some. Still don't add salt to things, but I don't worry about eating things that are high in sodium anymore. It has improved slightly, but mostly I think I have just adapted to it. I have to pause for a second when I stand up before I take a step. Of course I say that, but just yesterday I fell right over when I went from lying on the couch to walking without the pause I should have taken..... Fell right back onto the couch.

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I always had high blood pressure and even had to take Exforge for it. While still in the hospital, I think it was the night of the surgery, they took my blood pressure and I looked over and remembering seeing the bottom number was 38. Had my blood pressure taken Thursday and it was 107/69. I never have had pressure that low before. I have been having headaches and usually never do. I am only 15 days post op and I am wondering if the Dr will be taking me off of Exforge soon.

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I've had low BP for years and the Migraines and all of the nasty effects that go along with it. It is nothing to "self medicate" with. Driving can be an issue as well as falls, nausea, black outs, etc.

Make appointments with you PCPs. They should be the ones to advise you.

Pick up the phone, please.

I care!

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I had the same issue. At about 7-8 months out, my BP was about 90/60. I went to my PCP about it and she did a bunch of tests. She concluded that I needed to "liberally increase my intake of salt". I have worked on that some. Still don't add salt to things, but I don't worry about eating things that are high in sodium anymore. It has improved slightly, but mostly I think I have just adapted to it. I have to pause for a second when I stand up before I take a step. Of course I say that, but just yesterday I fell right over when I went from lying on the couch to walking without the pause I should have taken..... Fell right back onto the couch.

electrolyte powder I use includes some sodium, and that helps too. Plus boost my energy and the little 3g of sugar it has is stevia

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I've had low BP for years and the Migraines and all of the nasty effects that go along with it. It is nothing to "self medicate" with. Driving can be an issue as well as falls, nausea, black outs, etc.

Make appointments with you PCPs. They should be the ones to advise you.

Pick up the phone, please.

I care!

my Dr's nutritionist suggested I increase my electrolytes also and it has worked wonders

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@@ssflbelle - you need to call the doctor now. The weight loss and dosage may be too strong - mine was....

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About 2 months out I was still on BP meds and my BP went down to 80 / 40. I ended up passing out on my bathroom floor and fractured my nose. I was dizzy whenever I stood up for two weeks prior to passing out and I should have been more proactive in getting off of the meds. After you pass out they want to do all kinds of expensive tests and even suggested not driving for 6 months. Being single that is not an option for me. I wish my surgeon would have warned me about watching the BP. I was used to only having it checked once a year and didn't realize how quickly it could return back to normal after surgery.

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About 2 months out I was still on BP meds and my BP went down to 80 / 40. I ended up passing out on my bathroom floor and fractured my nose. I was dizzy whenever I stood up for two weeks prior to passing out and I should have been more proactive in getting off of the meds. After you pass out they want to do all kinds of expensive tests and even suggested not driving for 6 months. Being single that is not an option for me. I wish my surgeon would have warned me about watching the BP. I was used to only having it checked once a year and didn't realize how quickly it could return back to normal after surgery.

Exactly!!! Everyone is always so concerned about high blood pressure--as they should, but low blood pressure is concerning as well.

Please, take low blood pressure seriously, and keep your PCP up to date.

Be healthy. :)

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@@ssflbelle - you need to call the doctor now. The weight loss and dosage may be too strong - mine was....

Jane it was the PCP staff who took the blood pressure reading on that Thursday and I saw another Dr from the same office the next Monday. Neither one seemed concerned. I go in this Monday for blood workup and I am sure they will take my pressure again. If it is still low I will ask when do I need to get off my BP meds.

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I've always ran about 120/70 even when I was heavy. Now, 90/50 is my norm! I do get dizzy at times and have to watch changing positions quickly. My heart rate also runs about 50.

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My BP is running low also. I frequently get dizzy. And have to sit back down after standing up. I have passed out a couple times. Dr said to increase salt intake. Helped a little but makes me retain Water so I try to balance it as much as possible.

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My BP is running low also. I frequently get dizzy. And have to sit back down after standing up. I have passed out a couple times. Dr said to increase salt intake. Helped a little but makes me retain Water so I try to balance it as much as possible.

Keep your Dr. up today, so he can help you. Being dizzy at the wrong time can be dangerous.

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