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Old 03-13-2012, 06:07 PM   #1
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Blood pressure meds!

I have been on two different blood pressure meds. My bp raises when I go to the office so they think I need the medication. When I am not on the bp meds I feel fine. No lightheadiness, not achy muscles or any other abnormalities. But the minute the doctors make me start taking the medication I get overly tired. I feel like I breath heavier and I just do not feel good overall.

They have tried me on two medications up to now. Off the bp meds my bp only runs about 160/80 and I feel fine but monitor it daily. I am tired of feeling bad on medication what can I tell my Doctor? I hate medications. I also feel achy in my legs on the medication. Not off the meds.

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Old 03-13-2012, 06:46 PM   #2
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Re: Blood pressure meds!

Your BP can be too high even when you feel fine. You must take readings. 160 is too high, the goal is 140/80 or lower (and really best around 115-125/70-80 range). Wanting to lower your BP without meds is a daunting challange, but can be done in those who's high BP is caused by lifestyle/diet.

I want to get off meds too so I've radically changed my diet/lifestyle. I've lost 30+ lbs to get to normal weight for my height, and it's helped a lot, and I've also improved my diet. If you are very motivated and willing to change your diet/lifestyle, you should be able to lower your BP naturally.

The hardest part is changing your diet. See the DASH diet, which was designed to lower BP. If that doesn't lower it enough, you'll need to exercise, and maybe use certain natural supplements. There are many known to lower BP, such as hibiscus tea, pomegranate juice, beet root, etc

In other words, take total control of your health and go on a mission to learn all you can about high blood pressure, read books, read internet sites, etc. DASH diet is a great starting point. Then do the changes. It's not easy, but can be done, and those with motivation can often succeed.

But it is a huge challenge and requires major changes so I recommend seeking out a holistic wellness DR who is also a nutrition specialist to get you started. Many are chiropractic DRs (but you don't need the chiropractic help, just nutrition). You'll need to make phone calls to find a good one in your area, ask if they have successfully treat hypertension in many patients like you. Ask if their wellness plan can get you off the meds. I just found one today and made an apt.

I also suggest reading all you can of Dr Furhman's works- he has treated over 10,000 patients with a nutrient-dense diet and has years of personal success stories from people in very serious conditions, and getting them back to optimal health naturally, even reversing diseases like diabetes, heart disease and restoring people's health back to normal with all normal vital signs, to the extent they no longer need meds. He has the correct diet that works (in those who's conditions are lifestyle caused). His plan restores health so you will not need Dr's, meds, hospitals, operations, stents, etc!

Ok, I've done my best to motivate you. It's now up to you. Hope this helps, take care

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Old 03-14-2012, 04:06 PM   #3
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Re: Blood pressure meds!

Hi Susan

easygoingguy has some sound advice about trying to lower your blood pressure with diet (and exercise), but as he says, it's not easy and requires vigilance and hard work from the patient.

Of course, if something like the DASH diet is too extreme for you, you can do yourself a big favor and try to limit your salt intake to 2400mm sodium per day, or less. That's equal to no more than ONE TEASPOON table salt. Check labels on everything-you'd be amazed how much sodium is pumped into our foods.

Eat as much fresh food as possible. Not canned, not processed. Avoid red meat and eat more fresh chicken and fish. Lots of fresh fruit and veg-(again, not canned!)

Unfortunately your BP is still too high, even with the meds you're on. The 80 is fine, but 160 is not. Ideal resting BP is 120/80. If the meds are making you feel lousy, please tell your doctor. Most of us on this board have all struggled at the beginning with meds. It often takes trial and error to find one that controls blood pressure adequately and doesn't trash us with side effects.

What are the meds you are taking?

And don't despair! There's always an answer, with plenty of choices out there. (Including of course dietary/lifestyle alterations).
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Old 03-26-2012, 11:51 AM   #4
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Re: Blood pressure meds!

I have gone on the Dash Diet and it's great! I also made a few other lifestyle modifications such as exercising and deep breathing. Have you taken any supplements? I know that most people are split on whether or not they work, so I don't know what to do. And I have been thinking about trying that Resperate thing that's out there. Anyone have any success with it?

 
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Re: Blood pressure meds!

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I have gone on the Dash Diet and it's great! I also made a few other lifestyle modifications such as exercising and deep breathing. Have you taken any supplements? I know that most people are split on whether or not they work, so I don't know what to do. And I have been thinking about trying that Resperate thing that's out there. Anyone have any success with it?
I started using resperate but I was also improving my diet, exercising, reduce salt, meds, etc all at the same time. My BP came down but from a combination of all my changes so not sure how much resperate contributed. It does slow down your breathing, and that must be good, but for people with some anxiety it may not help, as people with anxiety worry about following the tones. The idea is to relax and breath deep and slow. Other things can do that, like a massage. Or yoga. I got out of the habit of using it every day because I got anxious a little. It may work for some, not for others.

 
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