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Hi Dr. Berger,
Can anxiety mimic the symptoms of orthostatic hypotension? By this I mean both the general feeling of it and the positional aspect (sitting to standing, etc.).
The background to the question: I've had a number of strange physical manifestations of anxiety over the years, from brief, blinding headaches as an adult to developing hundreds of hives all over my body as a child, so this seems like one of the less meddlesome ones, but I can't quite figure out why anxiety would mimic (or influence) blood pressure-related symptoms; I've had my blood pressure checked at a variety of times and in a variety of settings and it's fine. (It's actually slightly elevated but I take a low dose of lisinopril and it's always about 110/70.)
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