I have to call and make an appointment for a complete physical.
Lately I’ve been having frequent nose bleeds, even went to the ER recently. While at the ER my bp was a little elevated but the nurse didn’t seem concerned. I’ve also been constantly sick to my stomach and have had a headache every now & then. Had NO idea these were symptoms of high bp.
I guess I’m just scared right now because I’ve always been healthy. I live alone so if I kill over from a heart attack or something its possible no one would find me for days.
This sux. [/quote]
Of course you should see your doctor, but the nosebleeds are also common with sinus infections and even with just winter weather.
You don’t say how long all these have lasted, but headache and feeling sick to your stomach would be common, predictable side effects of Levaquin.
Headaches are also going to accompany sinus infections.
Also, if you have been taking any other meds for your sinus condition, like any OTC that says the word “sinus” in it, or Claritin-D for example, it may have pseudoephedrine or other decongestants which can cause the racing heart and high BP.
Blood pressure can change quite abruptly, so your condition is not unusual at all. It’s good you are looking to address it, because over time it is harmful, but you are not going to have a heart attack tomorrow. Relax!
Back to the sinuses, even with the antibiotic I strongly recommend flushing them with a saline solution. Research has shown flushing to be as effective as steroids in reducing inflammation in the sinuses. You can buy these solutions at a pharmacy, but it’s simple to mix 1/4 tsp of salt and 3/4 tsp baking soda with 1 cup warm water. I use a little bulb syringe (don’t know what they’re called), usually used to put stuff in children’s ears. Yogis use a “neti pot,” but the bulb is cheaper and much easier. Do this morning and night.
During the day, use Ocean saline spray periodically. The new formula in the big bottle is great.
Finally, use a Q-tip to moisturize your nostrils with vaseline several times a day. Dry nasal membranes get irritated and the little mast cells go haywire much more easily. It is amazing how much your sinuses can calm down when you moisturize them.