Back Pain

Question
Posted by: Ken | 2018/06/11

Q.

Does high blood pressure have an effect on lower back pain?

I have had high blood pressure for many years. I'm 59 years old, and also ruptured L5 almost 20 years ago. There was no surgery performed, as the neurosurgeon felt I was a better candidate for epidural steroid injections. I'm happy to say they were successful, and I live mostly free of pain associated with the rupture. Recently, I was unable to take my blood pressure medication for several days, waiting for it to arrive. After getting out of my vehicle, with no excessive strain, my lower back dealt me the pain I'm too familiar with. After taking the usual steps to relieve the pain, I found it unrelenting. After several days of pain, and difficulty walking, my medication showed up and I took it. I was not experiencing any regular symptoms of my high blood pressure, but within an hour of taking my medication, my back pain subsided. Untreated, my blood pressure is around 245/145. Amlodipine Besylate 10mg for blood pressure, and Propranolol 10mg for essential tremors. What are your thoughts?

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