Pheochromocytoma is a tumor that produces excessive amounts of the hormones adrenaline and noradrenaline. It can be fatal if left untreated, but it’s also quite rare – occurring in only one out of 100,00 people per year. But for those who have it, knowing how to cope with pheochromocytoma can be challenging. Here are some tips from two nurses on how to manage this condition: – Don’t allow the client to do anything that might cause a rise in blood pressure. This includes: eating spicy foods, exercising for more than twenty minutes at one time or drinking alcohol.
– Monitor their weight and height regularly so they know if a tumor is growing. – Teach them how to monitor their own condition with these four steps: measure your heart rate every half hour by laying two fingers on your neck artery; check your finger tips for any signs of bluish discoloration (cyanosis); take deep breaths when you feel an attack coming on; drink lots of fluids but avoid caffeinated drinks because caffeine will increase adrenaline levels. The nurses recommend keeping medication doses low while still managing symptoms – as