I asked this question as part of another thread but haven't received any responses yet.
I recently went to see my PCP about getting on an antidepressant, and at my appointment, my blood pressure was 168/110 and my pulse was in the 120s. I'm really confused as to what is going on with my body. I'm almost 10 weeks out from when I developed HELLP syndrome, and at first, my body seemed to recover extremely quickly once I was no longer pregnant. But in the weeks following, my BP has continued to bounce around a lot and my pulse is staying elevated.
I understand that the pregnancy probably uncovered my genetic tendency for hypertension, but for my pressure and pulse to go that high? Those are extremes, even in my family of hypertensives, and I personally have never had a bp that high in my life before I got pregnant. I was put on 50 mg daily of metoprolol--it was working really well, but I felt severely fatigued so I decreased my dose to 25 mg and I feel better.
My question is, is the likely explanation just chronic hypertension, or could something else be going on here? Thoughts? I appreciate any feedback!
Mommy to Molly, who was born alive on Oct. 29, 2011 at 23+3 weeks due to severe pre-eclampsia/HELLP syndrome and passed away 3 hours later. Loved and missed every minute of every day...."If love could have saved you, you would have lived forever."