Re: Side effects of Diovan
IMHO, I think you are better off with the nurse practitioner. Sounds like you've got someone who is working with you and listening to your concerns. Unfortunately, this is a game of trial and error for pretty much everyone. And, Cardizem certainly seems like a logical thing to try next.
As far as Diovan causing you to go to the bathroom.... The science says that it should cause you to have to urinate more often. So, it makes sense that it would cause this. However, strangely, this isn't listed as a side-effect. BTW, you aren't the first to complain about this on here. Also, an upset stomach doesn't sound like a "class" effect. So, you could try another ARB.
Or, your numbers really don't sound all that bad. You could go unmedicated. But, to what level you need to control it depends on other risk factors you may have (i.e., diabetic, high cholesterol, etc.).