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
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 : )