My friend has something to monitor blood pressure I believe, I'll ask him about it. I am a regular kratom
user, a couple times a day almost every day. I can stop without withdrawal
and I feel just fine, in fact lately I've been feeling better when I DONT take kratom. I attribute this to my blood pressure being high, headaches and tremors and such.
A week and a half ago I cut two of my fingers pretty bad and had to go in to get stitches, they said my blood pressure was sky high. Now, over the last few months I have taken up drinking Energy drinks, usually one a day but sometimes two which was a habit I had some time ago and got out of. No doubt this has had an effect as well.. I actually found this thread as the first thing searching google for any links between high blood pressure
and kratom use.
Comparing trd's experience with my own makes this seem pretty likely and if so is an ACTUAL potential danger of Kratom.
First thing I'll do is find out if he's actually got the blood pressure monitoring equipment, I can't exactly recall if he said that or ... if I just heard it hehe. I will likely have to quit taking Kratom very soon because of a LOT of financial difficulties so when I do Ill try to monitor my blood pressure at a few points in this process provided I'm able (doctors already robbed me blind, 2 ER charges, BS, long story) but to the best of my ability to do so I'll monitor it and I'll post about it here if I see a connection.
Now I don't know how useful this will be since I did mention I've been drinking energy drinks and I'm probably also going to stop drinking those, even sooner than I can monitor I think, as they don't do their job and .. well I've known it's bad for me for years.
I wish I could monitor the effect from that more accurately so I could properly attribute any rise or fall to kratom... but what can ya do.
I'm not going to reply because this isn't really very useful.
I guess I just wanna post an update on this. My friend let me use his equipment twice and then I had a hell of a time getting ahold of him. I guess he changed his mind on letting me use it. Now he's gone and moved to Portland.
I could go to wal mart and measure my blood pressure there, but I'm just not willing to do that. I try to avoid the wal mart here at all costs, because the last few times I went there I was 'followed' back to my car by a bunch of people who don't even speak english - only time I've really been able to get there is at night, and oil country is pretty messed up. Anyway...
He shared his experience with me, in that Kratom did indeed lower his high blood pressure, which is the opposite of what I expected. However, he is nowhere near the user I am and so I'm not sure that's too helpful in the long-term. My own tests showed no change in blood pressure from quitting, but this only covered a span of 5 days and while my Kratom consumption stopped, my caffeine
consumption didn't - this makes me lean more towards caffeine (energy drinks) being the culprit more than the Kratom. That's just my guess, though.