*Results may vary. The information in this site is NOT to be construed as medical advice. Cirrhosis of the liver is a serious condition and if you have it, you should see a doctor. I am not a doctor and am not able to dispense medical advice. My husband saw a doctor (many of them) and they were able to do things for him that I could not. However, they were unable to recommend alternative treatments, and in MY OPINION they were VERY beneficial to my husband, so I am providing some of that information here. My husband and I tried all of these alternative therapies at our own risk, and if you try them you will be doing the same. At your own risk. No promises are made in this blog. I am not saying there is a cure for cirrhosis or any other condition. However, I believe most people can get well, like my husband did. My husband is alive, happy, productive, functional and has his energy back. He no longer worries about having to go on disability or getting a $577,000 liver transplant. Cirrhosis is a serious condition. He is currently in the fibrosis stage (Stage 2 liver disease), which is still serious. I cannot guarantee you will have the same results. I just want you to know about what worked well for my husband. I hope you will share what you learned with others, and share your story with us as well. This blog was made for YOU! Thanks for visiting!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Blood Pressure and Cirrhosis: How to Raise Low Blood Pressure, What Blood Pressure Monitor We Bought

One of the problems Jake has had, with Cirrhosis, is very low blood pressure, which can make you super fatigued and sluggish.

Right now, he is on midodrine.... 10 mg. tabs, 3 times daily.  I would like to see him get off these medications, so it seemed like it might be worth it to invest in a blood pressure machine.

What is the best blood pressure monitor you can buy, at an affordable price?

Well, that could probably be debated, but I found a pretty good that was affordable and easy to use.  You can see it on Amazon HERE. I heard Omron is a good brand because it's the one that is used in many hospitals, doctors' offices, etc.. So  I bought it for Jake, and am so glad I did.  How does Jake like it? Well let's just say, he took his blood pressure about 5 times yesterday!

I like this brand because it wraps around your arm easily. And you can also have two "users" and it will keep track of your data.

I know I don't really "need" to take my own blood pressure, but I have been doing it anyway because for some reason, I love the feeling of having a blood pressure sleeve squeeze my arm, then release : ). Yes, I'm a little weird like that.

For the record, Jake's blood pressure last night, was 98 / 66, and then this morning it was 118 / 97.  That is really good, compared to what it was while he was in the hospital.  I think the midodrine is definitely helping him. He was without it for a few days after coming home from the hospital (because the pharmacy didn't have it in stock). He does seem to have more energy now. '

His back is still bothering him and he is still somewhat hunched over when he walks, but not as bad as this morning. I gave him extra Vitamin D (about 15,000 IU) because I heard it helps with back pain. Nobody ever talks about this, but if you google "back pain" and "vitamin D" you will see a ton of information pop up.

Here is an excerpt from the article, "Vitamin D A Surprising Champion Of Back Pain Relief, Report Says."

"In one study of 360 patients with back pain, all of them were found to have inadequate levels of vitamin D. After taking vitamin D supplements for 3 months, symptoms were improved in 95% of the patients. All of them with the most severe vitamin D deficiencies experienced back-pain relief."

But back to the blood pressure...

Here is an article about how to Raise Low Blood Pressure. However, keep in mind that it can be tricky. This article mentioned increasing your intake of salt, which as you probably are TOO aware of... is considered a no-no when you have cirrhosis. 

It also says to drink more water, but we were told you should NOT drink too much liquid because it can make ascites worse. 

ONE MORE REASON TO STOP DRINKING NOW... Because when the cirrhosis gets to the final stages, everything becomes extremely complicated and difficult to treat, and next thing you know you're taking 7 different medications, several supplements, and basically just kind of shooting in the dark and praying that something is going to work!

How to Naturally Raise Low Blood Pressure

According to the Huffington Post, in an article dated May 17, using a cell phone has been shown to potentially raise your blood pressure into non-normal limits and into dangerous territory. Once your blood pressure is too high you could be looking at chronic high blood pressure.“Answering a call while getting your blood pressure taken could lead to an inaccurately higher reading, according to a new study. Research presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Hypertension shows that systolic blood pressure rises when a person receives phonic calls.”
But not all people that have issues with their blood pressure is trying to learn to lower it, some are trying to raise it. A quick search of the web shows that not a lot of information can be found on how to natural raise your blood pressure. But someone with a blood pressure that is too low can pass out and sometimes die. So here are some ways in which a person can raise their blood pressure using natural means:
  • Consume a limited amount of high-sugar and high-fat foods and be sure to eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Increase your intake of B vitamins, which have been proven to improve circulation and regulate blood pressure.
  • You can use your diet to raise low blood pressure by increasing your intake of salt and sodium. This will increase the blood volume, which will raise the pressure.
  • By drinking a few glasses of water and maintaining a healthy daily water intake. Low blood pressure is often caused by dehydration, so drinking water will re-hydrate your body and raise your blood pressure.
  • Health drinks with electrolytes can also help raise blood pressure, but avoid drinks with high sugar content.
  • Wear low-grade compression stockings during daily activities and they will help regulate blood pressure by keeping blood circulating regularly through your veins.
  • Try and thin your blood, Keep in mind pharmaceutical blood thinners have dangerous side effects, of course, so here are natural blood thinners to use instead:
-Ginger- An ancient traditional remedy is to pound a small piece and use it to make a cup of hot tea. Powdered ginger is also useful, and has slightly different properties.
-Garlic, Pineapple, Apple cider vinegar
Jake does love love Pineapple, so he has been eating a good amount of that!

Will let you know if we discover any good recommendations, on how to raise blood pressure naturally! I keep telling him, just let me do something that annoys or agitates him on a regular basis, but he's not such a fan of that idea.  Ah, well! It was just a thought : )



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Please note: I am not a doctor and I am only able to tell you what I have learned by doing my own research on the internet, and share with you the things that have worked for my husband. Please remember that Liver Cirrhosis is a very serious disease so I am not saying, do not see a doctor. Doctors have helped my 
husband a lot. But I believe it is wise to do as much research as you can, and find out why 
they are giving you every one of the medications and treatments they are giving you. 
I believe they do not always know about or understand every treatment option that is available, 
and there are many good options out there that can help.
Your health is ultimately your own responsibility, above anyone else's.

Best of luck to you!!!
If you have something to share, please feel free to leave a comment on this blog.

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