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Blood Pressure and Lupus

Hi Everyone, this is my first post although I have been reading for a while now, I was diagnosed about 4 years ago, I take HCQ, thyroxine, amitryptyline and tramadol for the pain, It is quite well managed but lately I have been feeling quite unwell and very tired and headachy. My blood pressure is through the roof 204/120, the lowest it has been this week is 153/120. i am being sent for more blood tests and being told to "chillax" (I am not really tense or under pressure at all !).

My question is , is this something that is common with lupus? Something else that I have notice, if you will excuse my corseness, is that my pee is really smelly.

Thanks for any light you can shed on this.

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Hi there,

I know everyone experiences Lupus differently but my high blood pressure was linked to my kidneys not working properly.

I take my own BP everyday and your readings seem terribly dangerously high!!!

Can't believe you're being told to chillax.

Do you feel unwell?


Hi Charm and thank you for your answer, i don;t feel terribly unwell, just a bit out of breath at times and just "under the weather". The reading was low this morning if 154 /116 is low! :-) I am going to see the rheumy on Monday, and i have a list to take with me :-)


If your pee is smelly you could have a urine infection and that needs attention as kidney problems cause high blood pressure. The doctor or nurse can check a urine sample for you.


Hi Herb

I am seeing the rheumy on Monday and I have a very long list for him as lots has been happening since I saw him last, hopefully my fears that it has affected my heart and kidneys is unfounded.


good they usually check urine anyway.


Is your wee frothy? if so could be protein in your water. I had kidney involvement a few years back and with that along with high BP i would suggest you see your GP. He would do a dipstick test on your water to see if protein is present. It would put your mind at rest i'm sure. Take care x


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