| | new to high pb
hi there! I am hoping to find some useful info out there about how to deal with high blood pressure. My im doc says i have severe uncontrolled high bp avg. rate of 180/100's. I have been suffering with this since September. Have tried several meds: Catapress (zonked me out too much), Altace, Cardizem. Nothing seems to be helping. My biggest question is that I am supposed to be going back to work on 2/20, but my human resource dept called today and were unsure if I should be coming back with my pressure still so high. I am going nuts sitting at home, not to mention the lack of funds from being off for sooo long. Is is safe for me to be working? I occassionally feel lightheaded and racy. My job is a desk job. All of my lab test have come back okay except for a high renin level (should be 5 and mine was 26) This indicates something is going with my kidneys but the mri showed no evidence of a stenosis or blockage. I am not overweight, don't smoke/drink, not diabetic and not on the birth control pill No physical characteristics for me to have high bp. Anyway, what is the rule of thumb of working while you are trying to find the right medications? Please advise.