Newly diagnosed and so uninformed, please help me!!!!
Hello to all the people living with HBP. Pleas help me as my doctors won't take the time to explain. I quit smoking cold turkey, no patch, no gum, just straight up DONE. Two days later my blood pressure soars to 180/100. I get a panic/anxiety attack and end up in emergency room. Test were taken and all came out negative. Doctors put me on Toprol & Xanax. After two weeks my average blood pressure was slighty above normal, like the 140's/low 90's, high 80's. Really had no side effects except a very low pulse. Went in for a check up and as luck would have it, I spiked in the doc office and was at 165/100. He sent me to a specialist in high blood pressure. He finally confirmed that quitting smoking is what triggerred the blood pressure problems. I couldnt get any of the other three doctors I had been to prior to this to confirm WHY I was having such high numbers when I'm only 33, not overweight, and no longer a smoker. So at least this guy (specialist) was able to give me an "answer" as to why. Prior to quitting smoking I always checked my blood pressure every month and always ran LOW LOW LOW. However, the specialist switched my meds with no explanation as to what the differance is or why. Now I am on Hydrochlorothiazide. My numbers are great. Yesterday was 124/77, but my PULSE is a racing raging machine out of control. All day yesterday I was between 100 & 120 for a pulse reading. Finally last night I slipped half a toprol into my life to calm the sucker down. So my questions. What is the differance between these two medications. Why did he switch me with out more evidance than the one "white coat reading" I got in his office. Why is my pulse racing so bad!!! Does this mean my body doesnt like the new meds or is it the simply adjustment from one to the other? Should he have weaned me off the toprol?? Whats the differance between the two? In your opinions, what is the best medicine out there for hbp??? Would I be better off smoking the six to eight smokes a day than living on this medicine roller coaster?? As a smoker I had great blood pressure. I wasn't a real heavy smoker. A pack would last four days and sometimes even longer. Some days I would only have two cigarettes, BUT always always low blood pressure. even during seven pregnancies I kept it low. I smoked for fifteen years and think the jolt to my system triggerred the blood pressure and the specialist agrees. wouldnt they have been better off allowing my body more time to adjust to the "no smoking" lifestyle. I have had some scarry spikes though too, with the highest ever being 200/110. Also I have some slight numbness in my left leg since starting the hydrochlor.... Is this medicine like the worst available for side effects. Like I said my pulse was a raging bull and the numbness is rather annoying, but the blood pressure is great. With toprol the pulse was good, no other side effects, and the blood pressure was somewhat elevated but not too scarry. REALLY REALLY need advice before I call the Dr. tomorrow about this pulse and numbness. I know he is the specialist, but I'd like to hear "testimonials" from those who have been there and done that. Thanks for your help