It appears, from my research, a problem often experienced by people with a Parkinson’s diagnosis is fluctuations in blood pressure. Fortunately, it hasn’t become an issue for me, yet… still, for my friends.. I wanted to post what I found…
Again.. from the article on fatigue… from The Invigorated.
Out of sight, out of mind. Such as it is with blood pressure.
If you’re chronically fatigued or exhausted, and not tracking your blood pressure regularly, you could be missing a huge piece of the energy puzzle.
If you feel woozy, exhausted, fatigued, heavy, or lightheaded you may be combating Orthostatic Hypotension (OH).
OH is a sudden drop in blood pressure when you change positions due to blood rushing away from your head into your extremities. It typically occurs while going from laying down to sitting up, or sitting to standing. It can contribute to falls and may happen after meals (called “post-prandial” hypotension) when all the blood is rushing to your digestive system.
If this is you, consider slowly changing position, staying hydrated, and wearing compression stockings to keep blood from pooling in your legs.
When your blood pressure is chronically low, you can have reduced blood flow to your organs and brain – something called Chronic Hypoperfusion.
It’s no surprise that this can make you feel drained.
While hypoperfusion takes a multi-faceted approach, the very best thing you can be doing is staying properly hydrated so your blood pressure stays elevated and within normal limits.
No matter what your issue is, if you’re not hydrated you’re making everything worse!