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How Back Pain Can Impact Your Blood Pressure

How Back Pain Can Impact Your Blood Pressure

For patients with severe back pain, finding an effective pain management treatment is essential because it improves your overall quality of life, but it could also be imperative to your cardiovascular health. Medical researchers have there is a link between chronic pain and hypertension, also known as high blood pressure. That means that if you struggle with pervasive back pain, you are at higher risk for high blood pressure and other issues related to cardiovascular health.

Many patients attempt to deal with acute back pain on their own. However, if you have not spoken to an orthopedic doctor about back pain treatments, you may be putting yourself at risk for more severe health issues. Don’t live with back pain any longer than you have to. By speaking to the specialists at Spine Institute of North America, we will work out a treatment plan to address your back pain, thus helping to stave off the development of hypertension.

How Chronic Back Pain Causes Hypertension

Chronic pain has a traumatic effect on our bodies. It’s connected to many different physical and psychological disorders, including hypertension. The systems that regulate pain and blood pressure are suspected to be linked, which may be the reason why sufferers of chronic back pain often exhibit multiple cardiovascular symptoms, including hypertension. Pain elevates blood pressure because of two biological responses that occur when your body experiences painful sensations:

  1. Electrical pain signals sent out from the brain stimulates a continuous discharge of the sympathetic nervous system. This sympathetic discharge produces hypertension and tachycardia, or a pulse rate over 100 beats per minute.
  2. Another cause for high blood pressure caused by back pain is that pain signals the adrenal glands to release adrenaline, which subsequently causes pulse and blood pressure to rise.

High Blood Pressure Symptoms

If you are struggling with chronic back pain and believe it is affecting your cardiovascular health and causing high blood pressure, then it is essential that you recognize hypertension’s signs and symptoms. Unfortunately, high blood pressure isn’t always accompanied by symptoms. However, some signs to look out for include:

  • Chest pain
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Fatigue
  • Confusion
  • Headaches
  • Vision problems
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Pounding in your chest, ears or neck

Learn More About Treatment Options for Chronic Back Pain

If you have chronic back pain that remains unaddressed, don’t let it impact your cardiovascular health. Our team at Spine Institute of North America is available to provide you with a variety of treatment options. After one of our specialists evaluate your condition, we can offer an individualized treatment plan, beginning with conservative options first and foremost. Contact us to schedule a consultation today.

13 responses to “How Back Pain Can Impact Your Blood Pressure”

  1. 4bulgingdiscs in lumbar spine hi blood pressure amilodipine does not control it very well will s steroid injection in lumbar spine be dangerous for me because of my blood pressure also take gabapentin 800mg that also raises blood pressure

    • Hi Eve! Thank you for sharing this comment. We would like to chat more about this. Please give us a call or fill out a contact form on our website!

    • Hi Jacob! We are sorry to hear that this has been your experience. We would be more than happy to talk with you about pain management options. Please fill out a contact form at the top of the page!

  2. Good day,
    My pain mimic a heart attack, starting from the Cervical to the scapula then radiate to the arm and chest. Very frightening!!!
    I have been going to the emergency room every week, they check the heart, gave me ct scan, stress test which all was good.
    They gave me pain killers. But my issues was not addressed. My back pain still exist, I take 800 mg of garbapentin 3 times a day.
    When I get the pain my blood pressure runs extremely high, non of my blood pressure medicine works.
    I left messages to a neurosurgeon and after 1 weeks got a reply stating I need MRI’s
    I left the MRI at the doctor since Monday, still waiting to see them.
    In the mean time I have to live with pain and running to the emergency room.
    What to do here, I don’t know anymore!!!
    Please help

  3. I am Suffering with back pain for more than a year , I have been by chiropractic, and physiotherapy . I took X -Ray and MRI there is nothing in the results. I have checked my Kidney functions they function very well. I have checked my blood pressure, it was extremely high 174/123 Puls 54 , my blood cholesterol ( LDL)was high too 5.6 now I have started medical treatment for the high blood pressure which is called Perindoprill – Indapamid _ Mepha . Could it be my high blood pressure the cause of my back pain?

    • Hi Betty! We would love to chat more about this to help you determine if that could be the cause! We are sorry to hear that you are dealing with pain. Please do feel free to contact us or give us a call to chat.

  4. Hi, I had a recent mri since having severe chronic back pain for the past three months and low back pain for almost a year since having an epidural steroid treatment to L4L5. I was just in pt for 9 weeks prior to scan. MRI shows a very large synovial cyst bulging deeply into spinal column. Have been on metoprolol & chlorthalidone for 8 months. Could there be any correlation to bp & spinal pressure? Could the steroid have attributed to the synovial cyst?

    • Hi Linda!

      There can certainly be correlation between blood pressure and the pressure inside the brain and spinal column, which is called Intracranial Pressure or ICP. Despite that, high blood pressure has not been shown to be correlated with back pain, though it certainly can lead to headaches. Regarding synovial cysts, to the best of our knowledge, epidural steroid injections have not been shown to cause formation of synovial cysts. Synovial cysts form as a result of progressive arthritis and can occur in any joint, including the knees, hips and in the back. In your case, it is very likely that you have arthritis in the Facet Joint which interconnect the vertebral bones in the lower back. Synovial cysts can lead to localized back pain, but also can cause pressure on spinal nerves and the spinal column, and cause symptoms of “Sciatica”. Fortunately, we have treated many patients with arthritis and synovial cysts in the back, and have a lot of experience alleviating pain caused by this condition.

  5. I recently started suffering with lower back pain. I am also losing inches. I have also developed hypertension
    I am wondering if there is any correlation between lower back pain aches and my hypertension.

    • Hi Sadie! We’re sorry to hear that this is something you have been dealing with! Please give us a call or fill out the contact form on our site so we can talk more about your situation one-on-one. Thanks!

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