I'm new to this board and wanted to share my frustrations and problems about my blood pressure.
I'm 36 years old and have been dealing with fluctuating blood pressure for several years.
I was on medicine(Ziac 2.5) for quite a while(approx 4 years) and had to go off of it due to a large amount of weight loss(I did on purpose
) and I started aerobics and eating right, etc. The doctor took me off of it because it dropped on several occasions to 80/40 and I almost fainted.
I was off the medicine from July of 2002 until June of 2003, when I became pregnant. We were very happy, but from the very first office visit at the OB, my blood pressure was crazy!! It was 190/70 on the first visit. It ran erratic every time and the MD finally put me on Aldomet. I had a bad near fainting spell with that medicine and was taken off it. He then put me on Labatolol 100mg twice a day. I would take my bp at home and it was always around 150/80's to 90's. I would take these readings to him and he took them into consideration, but he still wanted me on the meds. Well, tragedy struck and I went for an appointment in September and my baby was dead
I had no idea. During that office visit though, before I ever knew she was gone, my blood pressure was dangerously high, 220/126! It had never been that high in my lifetime! I didn't feel any differently , not even lightheaded. When I sat there a while it dropped to 190/100. I never had protein in my urine or swelling and I wasn't overweight.
WEll, I had to go into the hospital to deliver my stillborn baby girl. My bp was 180/100 when I first went in and my primary care doctor had put me on Benicar 20/12.5(htcz) that next day before I went in to try to lower it down some.
Anyway, they had to give me IV meds to lower it some more(they got it down to the 140's/90's range which was acceptable).
SO, I had my babygirl and then that night the doctor gave me by mouth Labatolol (and a nerve pill Xanax)as that was what I had been on (except the nerve pill). Well that combination dropped it to 120/85!
The next morning before I left the hospital, on its own, my blood pressure was 140/95.
He let me come home and it really dropped lower down to 90/60 for about two days.
WEll here is where it gets interesting.
I'm terrified of doctors. I don't like to go. I get very nervous and clammy and sweaty ,etc. I have a panic attack and have the "flight or fight" syndrome before I get there and while I"m in the office waiting.
Well, my blood pressure has climbed back up, but so has my weight. I've gained about 40 pounds of the 120 pounds I lost back. I guess due to depression over the loss of my baby.
I still exercise, but I do have vertigo sometimes and my blood pressure swings around like a see-saw.
For example: the other day I felt really bad, nausea, h/a(I do have a history of migraines,too) and my blood pressure was 178/106!
Well, the next morning I had a stomach virus and threw up ,etc...my bp was already back down to 128/96.
Then, today it is down to 112/88.
Now, I'm still on the Labatolol 100mg but only 1/2 pill every morning, which I've read isn't anything.
I'm terrified to go back to the doctor. I'm not on the Benicar anymore. I was suppose to go back to my PCP and see if that was helping, but I'm too scared to go.
I had several refills of the Labatolol so I just kept on it.
I know it doesn't really help me though.
My blood pressure is mean. It really fluctuates badly and I never know what it's going to do.
It can go from low to high the next day for no apparent reason.
My OB doctor did do that urine test where they check for that tumor you can have that starts with a "P" and he did check the creatinine and all that was fine.
It is VERY hard to treat my blood pressure due to the way it goes up and down....but it's also scary because I don't want it to go so high that I have a stroke or organ damage. I mean, it does go up there sometimes.
I 'm sorry this is so long but I wish you could give me some suggestions.
I was thinking about trying the DASH diet and losing the 40 pounds I gained. I'm sure that couldn't hurt
Thanks for letting me share.