Still trying to convince myself that I don't
*really* have High BP by testing it profusely
myself but I'm gradually coming around to the
possibility that meds might be necessary.
I'm 35, have lost 32 pounds down to my high
school weight, run 4 miles 5 days/week, limit
sodium to 1000 mg/day 5 days/week (eat more
on weekends), don't drink alcohol, caffeine, etc:
been doing this for the better part of 1 year.
At one point I got it down to 125/75 on the first
reading and it stayed that way for a month, but
after gaining about 4 pounds back its back up to
between 135 - 160/80 - 84 on the first reading.
Always lower on subsequent readings spaced 10
minutes apart. I always can get it "in range" within
3 readings, but I fear I'm cheating (though my
doc did say I very well might be a white coat case:
always around 155/90 at doc's office).
Anyway, I've made a short story long here, since I'm
35 and hoping to live to be a wise old age, has
anyone here been on these meds for a decade or more?
Is this common? My father was a research pharmacist
who has made me leary of taking life-long meds.
I've heard your body can be sneaky and adjust to
some of these drugs.
Thanks for any wisdom you guys might be able to
Your BP sounds like mine, fine for awhile, then it goes up a bit, especially at the drs. office. She even thinks I have a severe case of White Coat, but we will see in Jan. when I go back how it is doing, as I always had very normal BP 115-125/70-75 until they shoved me on Lipitor & Baycol, then it went to 155-170/95-104. Have been off statins for a few months now, so BP seems to be quieting down alot.
My hubby has been on BP meds. for over 18 years, and every so often they have to switch his meds. if he starts to show signs of it elevateing for no reason. We too eat a balaned diet, aren't overweight and exercise, but still have it. I haven't even bought a box of salt in over 15 yrs. as we never use it, except for company, so go figure. We also do not eat food with alot of salt in it either, as we are very careful about reading labels. Just go with the flow, and maybe you will get lucky and beable to get off them one day, it has happend. Good luck!! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/wave.gif"> JJ
George, there is an alternative to meds for treatment of high bloodpressure, especially at your age. I would recommend you try a low carbohydrate diet if you haven't already. While everyone may not respond to it positively, many have, and it's worth a try in my opinion. This has been discussed/debated here in the past. Rather than repeat all of that, here is the link to the prior discussion > <A HREF="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/Forum64/HTML/000091.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/Forum64/HTML/000091.html</A>
You asked about being on BP medications for a long period of time. I'm 55 years old and have been on blood pressure medications since I turned 30. Since my elevated BP was due to an unusual problem and could not be lowered by diet, exercise, etc., I had no choice.
For the first year, I was on one of the older meds (Aldomet) which had major side effects. Then I was on beta blockers, which worked but caused short-term memory loss (I was on the maximum dosage). Since 1986 I've been on calcium channel blockers. Was on Diltiazem/Nifedipine for a while, switched about five years ago to Verapamil. So far, so good.
The only side effects from calcium channel blockers was an episode of ventricular tachycardia, thought possibly to be caused by the Nifedipine, thus the switch to Verapamil.
As far as other health problems, I have several, but none that appear to be related to the long-term use of blood pressure medications. Of course, high blood pressure itself can do major damage over the years, not only to the heart, but to other organs as well. My own personal feeling is that the risks of even moderately high blood pressure far outweigh the risks of the medication.
Also, I do think that checking one's blood pressure constantly is not a good idea, and especially taking it several times in a row, as the pressure of the cuff from each time you take it can affect the subsequent readings. If you suspect "white coat symdrome", it might be better to go on meds on a trial basis, and see if your pressure comes down on subsequent doctor's visits. After all, if just going to the doctor can bring it up that much, what do you think might be happening if you get angry, stressed, overworked, etc.
It's quite scary to be told you have a long-term health issue at your age, but life is uncertain at best. Perhaps you could think of it (taking meds) as being certain that you're taking care of yourself!
Hope I've helped...post back if you want more support!
Sam Q Kitty
I have high blood pressure from some unknown reason. I was only in my 40's. I've been on a low-dose Ziac, 2.5 mgs. for 3 years now. It has lowered my "mostly white coat syndrome" rate of 160/90 or so, to 130/80.
It is best to keep the pressure down, otherwise the pressure weakens the walls of the arteries and therefore pockets can form, thus cholesterol collects. This is what my doctor informed me about.