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    So I went to the clinic this afternoon. The doctor took my blood pressure, listened to my chest, took my temperature, poked and prodded my ribs/chest/etc...
    He said something about my xiphoid--which I believe is the bone at the end of the sternum? It's inflamed or something, so he prescribed me Naprosyn--an NSAID.
    He also said that there is a possibility of cardiac issues, so he's sending me for a stress test.
    And he said I have low blood pressure.

    So of course I don't think to ask him any questions when I'm there...
    What's the difference between me taking Naprosyn and taking Advil? Just strength?
    What's a stress test?
    What do I do about low blood pressure?

    And my original reason for going was chest pain, which I didn't get an answer to.

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    naproxen is the same as aleve, if i'm remembering correctly...might be a bit stronger dose though?

    stress test, i think they hook you up with electrodes and monitor the heart for a period of time?? not exactly sure.

    i'm guessing they are going to check into the stress test to see if there might be something contributing to low BP? are they doing any bloodwork at all?

    my sister always has low BP...i don't know what else they do about it. she just has to get up slowly when she's been lying down or bending over, etc...

    sounds like the dr is being really thorough which is great but it 's so hard to think in those situations..i always have questions AFTER i leave!
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    I have had low blood pressure all my life. For some people, low is just natural. I wouldn't want to increase my blood pressure.

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    Low blood pressure is only a problem if you're fainting from it all the time. I have this problem during pregnancy. Since the second trimester I've been passing out, especially if I get up too fast. If you are feeling dizzy a lot or passing out from low BP, my midwife said to eat salt and drink loads of water (she wants me at 2L a day).
    Otherwise just get up super slow and be careful when going up stairs.
    I hope you can sort out the rest of your health issues quickly!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Indigo74 View Post
    naproxen is the same as aleve, if i'm remembering correctly...might be a bit stronger dose though?

    are they doing any bloodwork at all?
    He prescribed naprosyn...that's different than naproxen right?
    He didn't say anything about bloodwork.

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    I have had low blood pressure all my life. For some people, low is just natural. I wouldn't want to increase my blood pressure.
    I've just never been told that's low before, no one's ever mentioned my blood pressure before.
    How low is yours? He said mine is 80/50.

    Quote Originally Posted by jenelen View Post
    If you are feeling dizzy a lot or passing out from low BP, my midwife said to eat salt and drink loads of water (she wants me at 2L a day).
    I feel lightheaded a lot, but I've never fainted.

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    I had a stress test a couple of months back (my complaint was chest pain as well). You get electrodes put on your chest and then you walk/run on a treadmill until the doctor has enough data (mine was about 10-15 minutes long, if I recall correctly). It was easy, and the doctor will tell you right then if there's anything amiss.
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    Thanks Trish!

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    Quote Originally Posted by momma26 View Post
    He prescribed naprosyn...that's different than naproxen right?
    He didn't say anything about bloodwork.



    I've just never been told that's low before, no one's ever mentioned my blood pressure before.
    How low is yours? He said mine is 80/50.



    I feel lightheaded a lot, but I've never fainted.
    sorry...yes, that's different, lol.

    that is pretty low for BP! but if you haven't passed out at all, that's a good thing! i think my sister is somewhere around 90/60 or 70. she blacks out pretty easily but doesn't actually pass out.

    ETA: i might be remembering this wrong, but does increasing sodium intake (moderately) help raise BP a bit sometimes?
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    Quote Originally Posted by momma26 View Post
    And my original reason for going was chest pain, which I didn't get an answer to.
    I think the answer to your question is...

    That low blood pressure can be related to chest pain. Maybe he should have just come out and said that as most people don't realize it.

    The stress test will be a very good test for you. Hopefully you don't get dizzy! Let us know how it goes! Is he referring you to a cardiologist then?

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    Naproxen is the generic name for Naprosyn, so it is the same thing

    Chest pain can be a scary thing but fingers crossed it is nothing. I hope your testing goes well and you feel better in no time.
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    80/50 is a very low BP! I don't know what they do to bring it up?
    With Naproxen (also spelled Naprosyn) make sure you eat something! Do not take on empty stomach! I made that mistake in the past and was quite ill
    Hoping you get some further answers. I would not be surprised that your BP is somehow linked to the chest issues you're experiencing.

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    Hmmmm my BP is considered low I am usually about 109 over 64 ish.......

    When I was having my first DD my BP was 88 over 50 and I felt like crap.....

    Hope you feel better soon!

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    Went to Shoppers this afternoon to pick up the Naproxen. Took my blood pressure while I was there and it was 112/64. WTF. Whether or not it's accurate I don't know, but it made me feel a lot better to see those numbers.

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