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    Mystery AD

    Hi, for the last couple of days I have been getting high blood pressures and thumping headaches for no reason I can pin down.

    My problems started on Saturday when my SP catheter blocked up in the morning, sending my blood pressure soaring. I also got a severe headache, which is very unusual for me, as usually hyperreflexia just makes me feel uncomfortable in my head. A washout managed to clear a lump of sediment, which allowed the catheter to drain. However my headache/BP took much longer to subside than usual (it is usually very quick to return to normal), and I still had intermittent spikes with my BP for the rest of the day, even though the SP was still draining.

    That night when I was put to bed, as soon as I was hoisted onto the bed flat, my BP shot back up and I got super bad headaches again. I had to have my head raised for about 10 minutes for it to subside. It was triggered again when my trousers were taken off.

    Monday morning when my groin got dried with a towel set off another, much more milder, episode. Then fast forward to now (Monday night) when once again I had huge headaches and blood pressure problems after being put on the bed. It was set off as the sling was slid out from underneath me, then really exacerbated when my trousers and boxers were taken off.

    So from those experiences, the cause seems like it could be something to do with my groin/testicles/something?! Any ideas if there is a logical explanation for what could be causing this? It's very uncharacteristic for me, and very worrying. Thanks..

    Edit: I am a complete C4/5 24-year-old quad if that helps.
    Last edited by tank; 07-18-2005 at 09:19 AM.

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    I suspect you have still not resolved completely your original AD episode and may still have some catheter blockage. Have you changed your catheter? When you have mild-moderate AD on-going, even minor other painful stimuli can cause you to go into serious AD. You need to call your SCI physician if you cannot find the cause and get the symptoms to stop completely.

    (KLD)

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    After a severe AD episode it took my body a week or two to 'recover". I slide transfer would send my headache into "I'm going to have a stroke right here mode".

    If you take bladder meds for spasms ask the doc if you can take more for a bit.

    You're going to be hypersensitive for awhile, drink more water too.

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    Go to your urology doctor u got stones in your blatter he needs to run a scope up there and clean ur blatter out also in the mean time change ur catheter it is still cloged. I have been there done that.

  5. #5
    Quote Originally Posted by Liz321
    After a severe AD episode it took my body a week or two to 'recover". I slide transfer would send my headache into "I'm going to have a stroke right here mode".

    If you take bladder meds for spasms ask the doc if you can take more for a bit.

    You're going to be hypersensitive for awhile, drink more water too.
    same here....it always takes a few days after an AD episode for my bod to recover. I'll have a few more episodes and then 'back to normal'
    this last AD episode was a torn rectum from my bp. everytime I transfered: ouch!! I also figure that you will still experience AD while healing....just like soreness pre-sci.
    Shannon
    C6/7 incomplete
    20 yrs post sci

    "falling is easy it's getting back up that becomes the problem, becomes the problem" Staind
    "A synonym is a word you use when you can't spell the word you first thought of.:" :-)
    - Burt Bacharach

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    Thanks a lot for the replies, it's very helpful to read your suggestions.

    To respond to what has been said so far:

    I got my catheter changed on the Saturday afternoon, and it is still draining fine, so I am very confident that it is nothing to do with more blockages. Sorry, I should have mentioned that in my first post.

    I have had bladder stones in the past that were cleared out by cystoscopy, and I don't have the problems that would make me think I had that again...

    So maybe it is a "residual" effect from my first episode of AD, I hope it's that simple. It's just that this is very different than from previous episodes. My catheter has blocked up A LOT over the years, and pretty much all of those times I do not get a headache, and have zero residual blood pressure problems.

    Now that I think about it, the last time I had a problem close to this, was after I got my bladder stones scraped out a couple of years ago. For the next week or so, the slightest things would set off super bad headaches. So I guess it could just be my bladder being hypersensitive from the blockage on Saturday.

    Getting up this morning was okay, hopefully going to bed tonight is the same. Stupid bloody body!

    Thanks a lot once again, I'll be back in this thread if I'm still having problems

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