Eighteen months ago I went through issues with very high blood pressure. I was put on BP meds, but my symptoms worsened. I was hospitalized three times in the space of six weeks with blood pressure at 218/115. Once the blood pressure came down I was sent home and nobody could explain it. In hospital I ate very little. In between I spent days in bed with chest pain, back and neck pain and breathlessness, brain fog and headaches or migraines. I could barely function. I had every scan and blood test, etc. but everything was normal. Then I decided to stop the blood pressure meds. Over the next few weeks my blood pressure went back to acceptable levels. I have food sensitivity so struggle with a wide range of foods and I now have to avoid all drugs. I manage to take a few separate supplements so dose up with magnesium, omega-3, vit. D, folic acid and liquid vit. B. Gluten, salicylates, sulphites and amines are still a big issue and I am eliminating as much as possible and for the past four weeks I have been feeling much better and can finally enjoy life again, though I still get headaches some evenings. I am still trying to find other triggers. A pity that doctors just don’t know how to deal with these issues. I did find an allergist early this year who confirmed my issues were caused by food sensitivity.
Dear Sarah, Your blood pressure was scarily high! And your other symptoms are each very distressing. I have had quite a few patients who report increases in pulse, and breathlessness, brain fog and headaches or migraines, as reactions, but the very high blood pressure is rare. Doctors still have yet to appreciate that symptoms in very different body systems can be part of food sensitivity. With all of your unusual symptoms you have to attend to all that is known about food sensitivity reactions at this time. So the detail of what can change in you to affect whether you react, and what can change in the environment, and especially what can change in the food itself, will be important for you. Tolerating Troublesome Foods is available from my site, and now also via Kindle. As well remember the old idea “there are no poisonous substances, only poisonous doses” to remind you to begin all food trials with very small doses, increasing over days, and carefully recording what symptoms seem to happen in you first. Then you can use your first symptom as a warning sign with future trials. This includes noting what happens at 2.00 am when you wake for some discomfort reason. Do also regard all supplements as ‘food trials’ for seven days before you are sure they are tolerated. They can have added salicylate, or flavour, without having to declare additives as ingredients. Gluten and sulphites are absent or present in a food, whereas salicylates and amines are much more variable, and you will find that you may still tolerate one food and not another in these groups, even when food tables say they fall into some grouping of absent, low medium or high content. Nothing natural is that neat! Use the Best Guess Food Guide to help you work through your own tolerances. Be assertive in your own care! Joan