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Old 07-03-2001, 06:40 PM   #1
 
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Newly formed High Blood pressure

Whew! I just came from the doctor on July 3rd, 2001, and I have learned that I have high blood pressure - I figured it was that since last Thursday and Friday I came down with a migraine and stupidly on Friday evening when I was feeling better, I had a bag of potato chips and felt lousy again on Saturday morning.
I'm scared and I'm overwhelmed - I have always been healthy except for this year - I developed bursitis earlier this year - it seems like my body is falling apart and I am age 46. Personally, I think age 46 is still young, but maybe my body doesn't.
I don't know what to eat now - and I'm dizzy at the enormous list of foods that I simply cannot eat now - do I have to avoid salt 100% now? I've already purchased the substitute salt - but I haven't used it yet.
And some foods have salt in them already - do I avoid those foods totally?
Any help/suggestions, etc. would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 07-03-2001, 08:05 PM   #2
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Re: Newly formed High Blood pressure

Don't feel too bad, as I just developed it a few months ago. I always had normal to below normal, so it was a total shock to me and the dr.

You don't have to cut out everything, just cut way back. I was never a big salt eater so it didn't bother me at all, but I still have some chips every so often. Make sure you check the food you buy as to how much sodium they contain, stay away from alot of coffee, (my downfall) and if you smoke, try to quit or at least cut back. Another downfall for me! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/frown.gif">

Has the dr. put you on meds.? Mine put me on Altace, 5 mgs. but it took a few weeks before it really kicked in. I was getting very nervous as I thought for sure the pills weren't working. I still have times when it will go up for absolutely no reason and then it will go very low again? Have a dr. appt. on thursday so going to ask about that. Also try and get in a little extra exercise, as that helps also. Good luck!! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif"> JJ

 
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Old 07-04-2001, 04:48 AM   #3
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I think some people go overboard on the salt bit (cutting it out I mean). Use lite salt, or even macrobiotic salt which is grey and full of all the minerals, not just sodium. Much better for you. I'm Australian and I don't believe there's the dependence on processed food here that there is in the USA - but its not far behind. If you eat natural you shouldn't have any problem with salt - unless you pour it on. As a runner I need extra at times and I listen to my body for that - sometimes I crave chips and I eat them! Your body will tell you too. Up to a point salt can become an addiction and an acquired taste but there is a middle road.

You don't say what your weight/level of fitness/caffeine consumption is but all those have an impact too.

BTW - at 46 you shouldn't be falling apart - I'm 43 and running strong - hope to be running still when I'm 70 plus!

 
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I've never ever been a heavy coffee drinker, but I have enjoyed popcorn - esp. the microwavable kind YUM! and I have never smoked in my life, and it is an extremely rare occasion when I drink.
My biggest concern is my job where I have the most stress - that I will find out next week when I return to work after a two week vacation HMPH! some vacation this has been.

Those migraine headaches are the worse and I fear that if I have something with salt in it, I shall experience those headaches and I am loathe to do so but I can go cold turkey if I need to.
I'm sure there is microwavable saltfree popcorn out there.

I'm just apprehensive for now that I'll eat something and wake up with a migraine - it is an awful feeling.

Thanks for the thoughts.

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Re: Newly formed High Blood pressure

I feel for you about the headaches, as my youngest son gets them, and he doesn't have high BP. He had them worse when he was a teen and in his early 20's. The dr. put him on Inderol (sp?) and it helped.

I do believe there is no salt popcorn out there, as it seems almost everything has a salt free product. Like Speedgal said, if you eat in moderation you should do just fine. Maybe U could also look into a stress management program if the job is that stressful, as I know alot of folks who have gone. Just call your local hospital and ask if they have one and the price. Good luck, and stay well. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif"> JJ

 
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Have your headaches been identifed as migraines? Just wondering. Been there done that- had them when I was little, got rid of them with puberty, hope I don't get them back with menopause! :-)

If they are migraines there is all sorts of meds available including preventative ones. They don't all work of course! But have you changed anything in your diet - cheese and red wine being the classic culprits.

Work is a big factor in stress and high BP. Learning to go with the flow may help, you know - stress management and all that. Easier said than done of course.

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The stress management is an excellent idea - and sad to say, it is the boss that makes the job most stressful - not the job itself, really.
I've worked with her for years and have grown accustomed to many of her ways, but she can still get into one's crawl.
I have modified my diet - esp. the last few months - I have lactose intolerance - or so it seems - for when I had dairy products - I got migraines from eating dairy products.
Interesting to note - I got some lactose free chocolate milk but yet I still got a migraine! Chocoate also produces migraines and I am a chocoholic, but for the sake of my health, I can give it up.
I've had migraines ever since I was a little boy - some more intense than others.
Christmas always got to my emotions and ever since I can remember until my 30s, I always got sick on Christmas - migraines mostly - just because of the excitement of Christmas.

Thank you for your thoughts - it helps me a lot!

 
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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by millk:
<B>Chocoate also produces migraines and I am a chocoholic, but for the sake of my health, I can give it up.

I've had migraines ever since I was a little boy - some more intense than others.
Christmas always got to my emotions and ever since I can remember until my 30s, I always got sick on Christmas - migraines mostly - just because of the excitement of Christmas.
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Maybe you are not a chocoholic, but possibly a carboholic? Cholcolate is loaded with sugar (a carbohydrate) as well is most dairy products (cheese is low carb though). And it may not be the excitement around Christmas that brings on the migraines, but all of the sugary treats. Something to consider. Try cutting back on the sugar for a day or two and see if this helps. Do you drink diet drinks? If so, the aspertame in them might be part of the cause also. I have a friend at work that can't have anything with aspertame in it or he immediately gets a headache. Another thing, cravings for chocolate often indicate a magnesium deficiency since chocolate is high in this mineral. Try increasing your intake of magnesium (through vegetables or supplements if necessary) and see if this helps. High intakes of calcium can lead to magnesium deficiency, so if you are eating/drinking lots of dairy products and not eating many magnesium rich vegetables, you might be deficient in magnesium.

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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by millk:
<B>The stress management is an excellent idea - and sad to say, it is the boss that makes the job most stressful - not the job itself, really.
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Have you thought about trying biofeedback? I went for 7 sessions (finished last month) and I can tell that I am less stressed than I was a few months ago. It's too soon to tell how it will work long-term, but I'm encouraged so far.

 
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Sorry - forgot to mention - chocolate also renowned for migraines - its one of the amino acids in it - tyramine/tyrosine??? Can't remember - but its in red wine and cheese as well. I would doubt that you're lactose intolerant - tha shows up as bloating in the stomach etc - all gut symptoms.

If you see a reputable allergist they will be able to give you a list of foods with the offending amino acid in it.

The magnesium bit with chocolate is right too - though I must say I've been low in Mg and I never crave chocolate - now potato crisps - that's another thing!

 
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There are plenty of us chocoholics out there - I've been extremely healthy up to this point - so I don't feel it was something that I lacked which made me crave chocolate - btw - my father was also a chocoholic.
But I can control my craving as well - the chocolate isn't like a drug where I HAVE to have it - I can and have gone cold turkey.
Though I'll miss my Godivas. sniffle.

What I never knew before is that there seems to be salt/sodium in most everything - I drank a bottle of Cranberry juice and lo! and behold! there was some salt in it!
I expect that can't really have an effect on me unless I drink that particular juice frequently - right?

Thank you all for your help and suggestions.

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I wouldn't worry about the salt in cranberry juice - you'd have to drink gallons. MOre just the junk/processed food. No salt is just as bad for you as too much.

 
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<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by millk:
<B>What I never knew before is that there seems to be salt/sodium in most everything - I drank a bottle of Cranberry juice and lo! and behold! there was some salt in it!
I expect that can't really have an effect on me unless I drink that particular juice frequently - right?</B><HR></BLOCKQUOTE>


I wouldn't be worried about the small amount of salt/sodium in Cranberry juice. What I would be concerned with is all of that added sugar. Most juices are very high in sugar content. If you want your fruit, it's best to eat the real thing.

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Would someone please verify something that I have heard recently - someone in my neighborhood stated to me that ice cream can make blood pressure go up - personally, I never heard that before.

Has anyone heard of odorless garlic? Someone else in my neighborhood suggested that odorless garlic helps to keep blood pressure down.

As you can see - I have some very helpful people in my neighborhood as well as on the internet!

Thanks!

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I have never heard of the ice cream thing, but yes, there is odorless garlic pills. I buy most any pharmacy brand. I asked about it and high BP and was told I was wasteing my money, but I bought it, so I am using it.
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