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By boaretired00 On 2015.06.03 10:36
My husband has been diagnosed with PD for a little over 7 years and now age 74. Over the last month he has begun to feel like he is going to pass out when he gets up. Sometimes it is worse than others. Wondering if it has anything to do with blood pressure. Is anyone else experiencing this? Any suggestions? What should I do if he does pass out in addition to calling 911?

By jcoff012 On 2015.06.03 10:54
Hello! I am hurrying to go pick up our grandson for the day, but wanted you to know that that is not uncommon in PWP. My MIL passed out almost everytime she stood up! It is a huge drop in blood pressure. I would not panic, but I would call the doctors for advice. I am sorry to not give you a better answer, but there are others who will be on shortly who will do so. Good luck! Remember, you AREN'T alone. Jane

By boaretired00 On 2015.06.03 11:00
Thanks Jane. It seems as if there is something new every week and we sometimes don't know if it is PD related or something else so we spend a lot of time going from doctor to doctor.

By Lynnie2 On 2015.06.03 14:11
Does he get up in the night to go to the washroom when this happens or upon rising in the morning after sleeping all night?
Maybe he is getting up off the bed too quickly, but I know PWP don't move quickly though. Have him wait for a few minutes before getting off the mattress and see if that helps.
He could have low blood pressure as I had that when I was younger (I don't have PD, but my husband does) and felt faint and it was the low blood pressure.
You could go to the pharmacy where there is a machine and have them take his blood pressure to see if it's high or low.
If he had a change in medication lately, it could also be a factor. Our organist passed out in church and it the change in blood pressure medication that cause this problem.

By LOHENGR1N On 2015.06.03 16:35
Hi, welcome to the forum. Parkinson's Disease is pretty well known to wreck havoc with our blood pressure as time goes on. Taking one's time while rising is encouraged. Our blood pressure is controlled by the autonomic nervous system which P.D. also affects. Many people don't realize the effects Parkinson's has on us, try having his rise slower as was suggested and see if that works, also ask or mention it to His neurologist and press for an answer. Many people will seek another specialist and then end up trying to sort out dosages and medication's trying to correct a symptom of Parkinson's Disease while not knowing it is P.D. related then it becomes very complicated combatting too low dosages and too high dosing fluctuating between high and low pressure throughout the day. If it is P.D. related it should semi correct itself when his anti-Parkinson's meds are working. Many end up with one doctor trying to regulate the pressure without knowing the P.D. connection. Always run this stuff by the Neurologist. Again welcome to the forum.

By carman96 On 2015.06.04 23:43
My husband has been dealing with this for years. I have to get him seated quickly, and it seems to pass. He has never passed out but he has fallen. He has been through many medication changes.
Doctors recommend extra hydration, compression stockings, stomping his feet before he gets up. Some people use medicine to raise blood pressure and extra salt. I give my husband Gatorade.
Nothing seems to help my husband really. It doesn't happen every day so I never know when it will happen.
Hopefully they will find something to help your husband.

By ResistanceFutil On 2015.06.05 08:58
Orthostatic hypotension is a symptom of PD. My husband has it and often has to lean against something when he rises. He is not on PD meds yet so this symptom is not a side effect of meds in my husband's case.

Rise slowly and have a chair back or foot board to lean on until the dizziness passes.

This may not be the best one, but here is one reference: http://www.webmd.com/parkinsons-disease/guide/orthostatic-hypotension

By boaretired00 On 2015.06.19 23:04
thanks for all the input. To answer some of your questions: 1) no med changes recently, 2) not as much of an issue at night but we keep urinal at bedside to avoid walking, 3) neurologist prescribed something to increase his BP. Worked well for a long while, recently not so much.

He has also recently learned his heart function is only at 20% and has pulmonary fibrosis.


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