I have high blood pressure and it has been really bad lately. I am on medicine but its not workin. What else should I do to lower the levels. Is there anything that I can do? It is something that came on after my daughters birth and now I cant get rid of it. I have been lightheaded getting horrible ehadaches at night. Is this related?
Your headaches and lightheadedness may or may not be related to your BP.
Are you monitoring your own blood pressure at home? If so what are your average #s?
What #s are you getting at the doctor's office and has your doctor suggested a different drug regimen? Or have you not yet discussed your latest findings with him?
You are very young to have primary hypertension. Did your doctor ever do tests to rule out secondary causes?
Was your blood pressure normal before the birth of your child? I remember about a month or so ago there was a discussion on this forum about post partum hypertension - something that sometimes happens due to hormonal changes during and after pregnacy.
I can't remember the topic of the thread this came up in. Maybe someone else remembers?
Maybe you should pose your question in one of the other forums on infants or pregnacy, or some such.
I did a web search on "post partum hypertension" and there are several articles out there. One mentioned headache as a symptom.
I blood pressure problem started when I was in the end stages of my pregnancy and my doctor said it would go away but hasnt and its so bad that I am scared whats going to happen if I dont do something about it. My numbers range form 180/120 in some days and other days 148/98 or 100.
Babygirl, check out "going bonkers" by Mum2, I just bumped to the first page. There is some discussion of post partum hypertension, but not a lot of useful information, imho.
Try posting your question on the "pregnacy" forum and you may get more information.
Has your doctor seen your readings in the 180/120 range? Is he unconcerned?
I don't know if the usual advice - lose weight, cut salt, exercise is that effective for hormonal imbalance induced hypertension.
One thing from the usual advice that could help is to try to find a way to relax (as much as you can with a new baby!) Get someone to look after the baby while you take a nice long hot soak in the tub, for example. Stressing about your blood pressure is not the way to reduce it.
I have the same question as Mgraylorn: Has your doctor seen the 180/120 #? What does he suggest??????
Post partum hypertension usually does go away within 6 months, sometimes a year. But am I right that you have been on BP meds for over 2 years now?
Whatever, the cause, you need your meds adjusted. Possibly even a different one.
Also, please ask your doctor if he has RULED OUT secondary causes of hypertension in your case. Anyone in their 20's w/blood pressure in your range should be evaluated for kidney and adrenal gland disorders, which, if found, are treatable!
My doctor didnt act like he was to concerned but yes he has seen my levels that high and just said it was fine. They thought it would go away. Maybe I should trust him and try to relax. Hopefully that can help me some. Thanks alot
I can't understand how your doctor thinks 180/120 is okay.. If lisinopril isn't helping to bring it down, you definitely need a med adjustment.
More or less sustained blood pressure in that range is very high and ultimately dangerous. Even 148/98-100 is considered high risk.
Your #s need to come down. I don't mean to alarm you, but over time, as you know, [or you wouldn't have posted in the first place] high blood pressure can do a lot of damage to the arteries/heart/kidneys. You're not going to keel over tomorrow but BP control now will avoid problems later.
Do you monitor your BP at home? It might be a good idea to invest in a simple home monitor (an automatic self-inflating arm-cuff one) and keep tabs on your BP in your own environment away from the doc's office where it's usually higher due to the anxiety of just being in a clinical setting (its called "white coat" hypertension).
A woman of your young age should be getting average home readings of under 120/80.
yeah my blood pressure problem starting in the end stages of my pregnancy. I am gonne try and find a new doctor or something. I am worried that this is not going to get better and I dont want to takew any chances. I have a young daughter I cant take care of her if I get sick.Til then I am just going to relax and hope this works out and gets better
I was going to look into getting something at home to monitor my pressure but do they really work. I cant get out too much to do it myself but everytime I have tested it its come back high even if it was a little high it was still high. I know that is why I am worried so much I know how much damage it can do to ones body.
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