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Hello @taterjoy, From your description of your husbands symptoms it sounds like Orthostatic Hypotension. Mayo Clinic has some information that might answer some of your questions – Orthostatic hypotension (postural hypotension) Symptoms & causes: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/orthostatic-hypotension/symptoms-causes/syc-20352548

@cehunt57 @that_girl and @predictable may be able to provide some information on your husbands symptoms.

Although this conversation is in the Brain & Nervous System group on Connect, you may wish to read some of their posts:
– Is there anyone else out there with pure autonomic system failure? https://connect.mayoclinic.org/discussion/is-there-anyone-else-out-there-with-pure-autonomic-system-failure/

Here’s an informative journal article with some great information about managing orthostatic hypotension, including diet recommendations:
– Preventing and treating orthostatic hypotension: As easy as A, B, C https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2888469/

There is another site with some good ideas on planning your conversation with your doctor: https://patientrevolution.org/visit-tools. If it were me, I might want to ask the doctor what he is looking for when he wants to observe your husband. Another question might be does your husbands symptoms fit the diagnosis of Orthostatic Hypotension. You might want to write a list of questions you have to take them with you to make sure they all get answered.

How is your husband feeling about waiting until the doctor makes some observations?

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I’m diabetic and have chronic kidney disease plus a history of hypertension. Diabetes and hypertension are two main causes of kidney problems. So I see a nephrologist who monitors BP and prescribes medication. That Dr. discovered my history of orthostatic hypotension. It is monitored when I have follow up checkups. I am on a diuretic in the morning and another BP med at bedtime. I monitor BP & weight at home. I send the #’s to my Dr. who makes sure the meds are appropriate.

Thank you, John! He got throught it when his pain was finally treated adequately (after two weeks of his MD suggesting only OTC products though his pain was severe and he could not sleep). When the MD finally prescribed a narcotic, my husband finally slept, and his symptoms all resolved, even the fluctuating BP.