Can IBS Cause High Blood
I took my blood
pressure the other day. (The Princess had bought a new self-measuring device
which I was testing.)
To my horror I found that my blood pressure was
I couldn't understand why.
overweight. I don't smoke. I don't eat a lot of fatty food. I take gentle
And then I had a thought.
I had a lot of intestinal
wind at the time (as I have explained previously, I suffer from that much
underestimated problem Irritable Bowel Syndrome) and I wondered if the wind
could be pressing upon arteries around my kidneys and elsewhere and forcing up
my blood pressure. (On a previous occasion, wind in my intestines caused kidney
bleeding which nearly led to my having a kidney ripped out.)
So I tried
a simple experiment.
I sat up very straight and wriggled around to
I then took my blood pressure again.
The medical profession won't accept this association, of course.
It's far too simple.
But I now believe, quite firmly, that intestinal
wind can cause high blood pressure.
If I hadn't wriggled around, changed
my position and proved the link to my satisfaction I might now be taking
potentially dangerous blood pressure medication.
Coleman August 2011