GERD or Angina?
Greetings to all. Some time since I've posted but like a thankless child, I show up when there is a need!
My initial diagnosis of HBP was in Octiober of 2007. My drug regimen started off a 10/40 Lotrel combo. With weight loss and exercise, I brought that down to a daily 5/20 generic combo. About 4 months ago, my weight increased a little but my exercise remained pretty constant. I did lose some focus on my diet, as far as sodium content was concerned. Along the way I stopped and started Prevastatin and recently stopped again, because of side effects.
There has been very significant stress in my life for about the past 8 months and this is beginning to inhibit my exercise routine because now, when I start off on a steep hill, I will get a sense of fatigue and pain that spreads all the way down my right arm. It will subside pretty quickly when I stop, leading me to think it is angina.
OTOH, I also have severe belching during this exercise and a sense of burning in my esophagus. This morning when I came back from my exercise, my BP reading was 137 / 84 with a HR of 81. The last leg is a steep hill up to my house. When I was heavier than now and on a 10 / 40 Lotrel dose, I felt fine coming up that hill and my BP readings would be anywhere from 90-95 / 60-65. At the time of that reading, it would have been 24 hours since my last dose of medication.
At any rate, I played MD to myself this morning and upped my CCB dose to 7.5mg and acquired some Prilosec.
Any thoughts / comments would be appreciated.