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Old 01-09-2005, 03:56 PM   #1
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Concerned with B/P Readings

Hello,

I am new here and am more than a little concerned about my high blood pressure. I am 39 year old female who was diagnosed about 3 years ago with high blood pressure.

I was on Verapamil for a while and it didn't help so now my new doctor (I moved to another state and have a wonderful doctor for all of my diagnosis') put me on Lisinopril 20mg once per day.

Due to some other problems I have, I went in for an injection the other day (specialist) and my blood pressure reading, having taken my bp med and 1/2 Lorazepam, was 192/110.

Every time I go to see my doctor, my blood pressure is still around 158/98 and I am getting very scared. Especially after reading some of the horror stories here.

My diagnosis is as follows: (via mri tests) bulging discs in cervical and lumbar regions of back, beginning of osteoporosis, pinched nerves/stenosis in cervical region, bone spurring in cervical region, Fibromyalgia (severe), arthritis (via x-rays), high blood pressure, chronic pain.

Is there anyone who has had this similar problem with keeping their pressure down even with medication who could suggest something that might be helpful? I have an appointment with my doctor on Tuesday to discuss the possibilities of disability due to having such a painful condition coupled with high blood pressure and I feel I need to try something else for my hbp, either different or on top of what I am already using, because the Lisinopril isn't working on its own. I have been on it for four months now.

I'd really appreciate your thoughts and comments.

Thank you.
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Old 01-09-2005, 05:10 PM   #2
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Re: Concerned with B/P Readings

Hi,

I too am on Lisinopril 20mg per day and recently went to doc with BP readings at 180/100. (I'm thinking nurse didn't take a good reading). Anyway, lisinopril has been working for me fine just until this last visit. My doc added hydrochlorothiazid (diueretic) to my meds. I haven't been doing to well with the water pill and stopped it yesterday. My BP has gone down but now my heart rate is up.

I too have gone through many meds to find a good med. I hate going through the process. Side effects are a &itch. Anyway, they'll run tests on you to see why the meds aren't working. You may also have white coat hypertension. You should check your readings at home. I also have a BP machine at work to check it there throughout the day to day stress.

I hope you find that right combo! Good luck!

 
Old 01-09-2005, 06:32 PM   #3
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Re: Concerned with B/P Readings

Hello there,

I am also having trouble keeping BP down, last reading was 170/120. I am on many types of meds, clonidine , vermapmil, nadolo. The clonidine helped for awhile by itself, and then a year later I was taking 3 with no sucess. I also have a high hert rate problem which adds to the doctors concern. If you know of a drug out there that helps, please share with me also.

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Old 01-09-2005, 07:55 PM   #4
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I have checked my bp on various occasions and it really is high. I guess I should add a potassium supplement to the few I already use. I like bananas but don't eat them as often as I should. Thank you for the suggestion. I didn't know potassium played an important role in the care of blood pressure.

This is why I love these types of boards. There is always something I am learning because of those who are in the trenches with me.

Thanks again!
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Old 01-10-2005, 03:22 AM   #5
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Re: Concerned with B/P Readings

KJ,

I just wanted to add something about potassium. With ACE inhibitors like lisinopril, sometimes blood serum levels of potassium increase.

Using potassium supplements, salt substitutes(which often contain potassium), or other drugs that increase the body's potassium can result in excessive blood potassium levels, so don't take any supplements without consulting your doctor.

A banana or orange a day of course won't hurt. Just don't supplement with pills unless you know your potassium levels are okay via a routine blood test.

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Re: Concerned with B/P Readings

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A banana or orange a day of course won't hurt. Just don't supplement with pills unless you know your potassium levels are okay via a routine blood test.
zuzu xx
Agreed. Adequate potassium levels help blood pressure, but with these meds it is best to confine intake to dietary ones, not additional supplements. Ask to include a check for potassium levels at your next routine blood test and you'll know whether additional supplements are warranted. Usually dietary intake will be adequate.

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Old 01-10-2005, 06:23 AM   #7
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Re: Concerned with B/P Readings

Oh, and while it is true that potassium levels may go up for some and a diuretic is sometimes prescribed in addition, that isn't necessarily the case. I have no idea what percent of people might have that problem. I've been on Lisinipril for over five years and a diuretic has never been prescribed. Neither has my potassium level been a concern in spite of a diet very high in fruits and vegetables. Your next routine blood check should tell you where you are at.

 
Old 01-10-2005, 08:44 PM   #8
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I just want to say 'thank you' to everyone who replied. Your information was valuable and I have some ideas to take to my doctor tomorrow afternoon. Again, thank you for taking the time to help and I pray we all find some relief from our medical concerns soon.
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Old 01-11-2005, 05:50 AM   #9
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Re: Concerned with B/P Readings

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Every time I go to see my doctor, my blood pressure is still around 158/98 and I am getting very scared. Especially after reading some of the horror stories here.
You really need to monitor this at home as well. It may not be that high during most of your day.
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My diagnosis is as follows: (via mri tests) bulging discs in cervical and lumbar regions of back, beginning of osteoporosis, pinched nerves/stenosis in cervical region, bone spurring in cervical region, Fibromyalgia (severe), arthritis (via x-rays), high blood pressure, chronic pain.
Reguarding your fibromyalgia: Have you heard of something called the "Marshall Protocol"? You should be able to search on the web and find all kinds of information on this. I'm not really endorsing this. It's just something I came across a while ago when I was researching my BP med, Benicar. The science behind it is quite fascinating.

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