Re: Atenolol and Leg pains
I was sorry to hear about all the side effects you had from your blood pressure medication, but also concerned about whether it's currently being treated.
You didn't say how high your BP was, or how high it is currently, but it's important to understand that uncontrolled high blood pressure can do a lot worse damage over the long run, making you more susceptible to heart attack, stroke, kidney problems, etc. That's why simply stopping medication isn't always a good idea (although the impulse is certainly understandible after the severe side effects you've experienced!)
Atenelol sounds like it may be a beta blocker. There are other types of medications that can be used to treat high BP, such as calcium channel blockers, ACE Inhibitors, etc. Many of them have very few side effects. I have been taking calcium channel blockers for years with no side effects.
Please post back and let us know more about your situation, as there are many wonderful concerned people on these boards who may be able to give you more help, both regarding the side effects you've experienced from the Atenolol as well as the problems you're having with your BP.<p>[This message has been edited by SamQKitty (edited 01-02-2002).]