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Is it unrealistic to know the cause?

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Old 09-17-2006, 11:42 AM   #1
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Is it unrealistic to know the cause?

Little bit of background: 35 years old, female, don't drink or smoke, 5'4 - 140 so not exactly in the best of shape.

BP has run high now for about a year - generally 150'ish/90'ish. I am stressed by work etc. and have been fighting them (Kaiser) on going on meds for this.

Well, last Friday I went in to get better allergy meds and pressure was 180/110! Now I am on BP meds - 10mg lisinopril + 12.5 HCTZ and hating the side effects. Can't stop Coughing and can't taste anything!

High blood pressure does run in the family, but is it unrealistic to find the CAUSE of this? I just feel too young to be sentenced to this forcing drop in BP. Aside from the obvious, weight loss, exercise, stress management,etc. Why does this happen?

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Old 09-17-2006, 02:04 PM   #2
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Re: Is it unrealistic to know the cause?


First order of business is to do a trial without any BP meds and WITHOUT any allergy meds...most of them can cause a rise in blood pressure. Maybe your BP will be normal without them.

If you are coughing from 10 mg. lisinopril, your body cannot take ACE it's likely bye-bye to any drug ending in ****pril. All will likely cause the cough and it doesn't go away.

The usual cause of "idiopathic" hypertension is a stiffening of arteries with age. Stiff arteries = resistance to pulse = pressure increase. Rarely the cause is from one of a couple types of adrenal tumor or kidney disease.

Try dropping 10 pounds.

Old 09-18-2006, 06:09 PM   #3
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Re: Is it unrealistic to know the cause?

Thanks Lenin. I am going to try any path possible to not have to take drugs for this. Is excessive sleepiness/dizziness normal too? I pretty much just want to be off these at this point. It's okay to just stop right? (I only ask because of a Prednisone scary thing that happened to me last year). Thanks for your help!

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