I went to lay down at about one this afternoon. As I started to get comfortable, I also started to get intensely sick. I decided to call the doctor because I couldn’t rest if I was getting that dizzy and that nauseated.
They got me in at 3:45. The blood pressure machine wouldn’t register, as usual. Even after three tries, it still didn’t work. (This is typical, so I thought nothing of it. I waited for a little while for the doctor to get to me, and he finally came in there. He’s not my normal doc at the clinic, so we had to go over my history since the last time he’d seen me. (The wrist problem from last Fall.) He asked me about meds, and I told him that I recently had started on Zanaflex. He checked my blood pressure with the manual type machine and it apparently registered, since he let the thing go after it dropped down to around 40 at that time. He then had me stand up and wait a couple of minutes and checked it again. It went lower. Apparently, I’m dehydrated which is causing my blood pressure to drop. After I explained how much I drink in a day, he tried to figure out what might be going on (if it wasn’t that). He made me do a urine test, but that (I figure) was for a pregnancy test. (I hate how they assume that you have to be pregnant if you have irregular periods.)
He finally concluded that I have low blood pressure due to the dehydration. The solution? Cut down on the Zanaflex. If it keeps going, call him and come back. Otherwise, talk to the neurologist.