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Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 12-25-2009, 12:36 AM
Replies: 3
Views: 2,607
Posted By famnd
Re: Stopping HCTZ

Most patients only take 12.5mg of HCTZ. Sounds like you are taking way too much. My understanding is that HCTZ doesn't have a rebound effect on b/p. Rebound effect is when one's b/p goes higher...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 12-17-2009, 10:59 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 3,071
Posted By famnd
Re: Does anyone's neck actually physically hurt when it's inflammed or just feel swol

Mine felt very tender & painful when it was swollen. The pain was unrelenting & sharp. I only managed to sleep two hours at a time after taking massive doses of aspirin. Fam
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 11-21-2009, 08:40 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 2,145
Posted By famnd
Re: Low blood pressure

16 oz of water or other fluid drunk in a 15min period usually will raise the systolic (top number) 20 points for 2 hrs.

I've had to do this when my b/p dropped too low because of my b/p meds. I...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 11-19-2009, 05:18 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,951
Posted By famnd
Re: Tried two meds - want to change

You're lucky if all you got was sexual side effect. Cozaar damaged most of my body & has left me with hands & knees that don't work very well. I was on it for 13 days.

I'm on 25mg of HCTZ. I...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 11-17-2009, 09:48 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,935
Posted By famnd
Re: Are these symptoms of high blood pressure?

I agree. Go to the ER & have the nurse check your b/p cuff. If your b/p is that high, The Dr. will give you an IV medicine that will bring your b/p down. The medicine maybe Labetalol which is one...
Board: Cancer: Thyroid 11-16-2009, 08:37 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,104
Posted By famnd
Re: thyroid cancer & living near a volcano

Thanks for all the replies. I'm thinking that perhaps patients who already have a tendency for thyroid issues might be more susceptible than others. I'll try to find that article. Fam
Board: Cancer: Thyroid 11-15-2009, 08:18 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,104
Posted By famnd
thyroid cancer & living near a volcano

Dr. Dean on XM mentioned a study which investigating the higher incidence of thyroid cancer for patients lving near a volcano. The theory is that 3 metals end up in the water which people drink. ...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 11-14-2009, 10:42 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 1,607
Posted By famnd
Re: BP meds or not

From what I have read, it is always better to start low & increase as you need too. You need to take reading at home first to see what your true b/p is.

Have you done all the lifestyle stuff? If...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 11-13-2009, 10:31 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 12,282
Posted By famnd
Re: Systolic always high

Yes, I did get my b/p down to 122 but then I had a regular Dr's appointment. The nurse was busy when I arrived so the secretary took my b/p with the new b/p machine. It was on a pole & made sudden...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 11-13-2009, 08:10 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,138
Posted By famnd
Re: B/P elevation (systolic) during the night

I did the sleep study and found that I did have some periods of sleep apnea. Then I got a very comfortable c-pap mask & machine. It lowered my systolic 10 points.

150 isn't all that high but...
Board: Bell's Palsy 11-13-2009, 04:08 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 42,175
Posted By famnd
Re: Problems from Bystolic

Hi Disc,

I had a similar reaction only worse from Cozaar (b/p med.) These meds are all the Dr's have to give us as most people refuse to do the lifestyle stuff that would probably help decrease...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 11-13-2009, 04:02 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 5,224
Posted By famnd
Re: "reactive" blood pressure

So much is not known about hypertension. Even some b/p meds will cause b/p is rise. I've had this happen. It pays to ask the pharmacist for the package insert (information sheet) & read it...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 11-13-2009, 03:58 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 4,138
Posted By famnd
Re: B/P elevation (systolic) during the night

Hi,

You might ask for a "sleep study." You may have periods of "sleep apnea." Your diastolic is fine. A typical b/p med might result in a very low diastolic b/p during the day which would be...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 11-12-2009, 09:10 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 3,032
Posted By famnd
Re: Sudden chronic high blood pressure?

In the past, my b/p has been in the 200's for months while my Dr's tried to find a med to lower it. I never experienced any symptoms. In fact one time my b/p was 256/110. I felt fine.

The...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 11-11-2009, 09:08 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 12,282
Posted By famnd
Re: Systolic always high

Hi Missy,

I've had a similar experience with a very high systolic & usually low diastolic. After much experimenting, this is what I have come up with. I think many of us have just developed an...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 11-03-2009, 10:08 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 1,541
Posted By famnd
Re: is my bp to high to return to work

You need to see a specialist. Medical centers attached to medicals schools are usually the best bet. 120 is way too high to be working. The 170 is high but combined with the 120 is out-of-bounds. ...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 11-01-2009, 10:01 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,195
Posted By famnd
Re: HBP and don't get it at all

It took a month for HCtZ to work for me. Drink about 8 (8 oz) of fluid throughout the day. Sip your drinks because drinking too much too fast will actually raise your b/p. For example, drinking 16...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 10-27-2009, 08:51 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,769
Posted By famnd
Re: too low?

I wouldn't want that reading even with my severe HBP. It is dangerous. You need to check with your Doctor right away to see if it is indeed correct.

90/50 is the bottom line for b/p according...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 10-26-2009, 09:35 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 3,965
Posted By famnd
Re: Hubby's high readings HELP

Since he hadn't been taking his b/p meds regularly, he may be experiencing "rebound hypertension." This can cause extreme elevation of b/p which can result in a stroke or heart attack. He needs...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 10-25-2009, 07:38 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 2,815
Posted By famnd
Re: very very high bp

I agree, go to the ER. You should have some med to take during these times. Lebatalol is the drug I take all the time plus I take extra if my b/p soars (with my Dr's okay.) This is a drug used in...
Board: Sexual Health - Women 10-23-2009, 08:43 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 2,145
Posted By famnd
Re: it's urgent,,please help..

A more educated man might better understand that a woman's hymen can be broken during various activities. Horseback riding is one of those ones. Fam
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 10-23-2009, 08:33 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,723
Posted By famnd
Re: Medication Side Effects

Hi James,

Thanks James for the compliment. I was desparate to get my b/p under control. Doctors just don't have time to do the "leg work" involved in "special cases." I feel for the patients...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 10-23-2009, 08:30 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,723
Posted By famnd
Re: Medication Side Effects

Hey 19,

Norvasc gave me horrible headaches among other side effects. The package insert & my pharmacist said I could stop it suddenly. BTW most b/p meds can't be stopped suddenly without the...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 10-19-2009, 06:45 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 4,723
Posted By famnd
Re: Medication Side Effects

I went through about two yrs of side effects from b/p meds. Some of them very serious.

You should have an epi-pen (adrenalin) in case your throat swells & you can't get air. One can get this...
Board: Sexual Health - Women 10-08-2009, 06:59 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,865
Posted By famnd
Re: Men's hygiene issues-bathing etc.

Thanks, Rose. He refuses to do anything about the depression. He says the constant activity helps with the depression. He says I am the cause of his depression because I get upsett at times when...
Board: Women's Health 10-08-2009, 12:10 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 2,264
Posted By famnd
Re: Vaginitis...rather important!

A 10% solution of clorox (the amounts should be on the container) should kill all bacteria. This solution will kill HIV so I would think it would kill any bacteria.

I once had to cut tiny slits...
Board: Sexual Health - Women 10-06-2009, 07:24 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,865
Posted By famnd
Re: Men's hygiene issues-bathing etc.

Thanks for the replies. We had 5 kids so divorce wasn't an option plus I promised God that this marriage would be for better or worse. Of course, I was thinking if he got in a car wreck & was...
Board: Sexual Health - Women 09-29-2009, 08:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,865
Posted By famnd
Re: Men's hygiene issues-bathing etc.

Thanks for answering. I refuse to have sex with him unless he has taken a bath. But then that cause other problems in our marriage. I've heard of a radio program that opened the lines for Men's...
Board: Sexual Health - Women 09-28-2009, 09:14 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 4,865
Posted By famnd
Men's hygiene issues-bathing etc.

Does anyone else have these issues with her partner? Although this has been a issue almost are whole marriage life (43 yrs), it reached a peak when my husband retired 8 years ago.

He got into...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 09-12-2009, 01:32 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 2,911
Posted By famnd
Re: Could I be in the early stages of thyroid destruction?

My Endo told me that as the thyroid is destroyed, the discarded tissues will cause an elevated TSH & possible symptoms such as heart palpitations. Fam
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 09-12-2009, 01:21 AM
Replies: 4
Views: 5,184
Posted By famnd
Re: Hyponatrremia from HCTZ

Glad your labs are going up but isn't your b/p a little high?

I'll focus on HCTZ which was my final drug after numerous drug reactions. Most people only need 12.5mg HCTZ according to most DR's. ...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 09-10-2009, 09:56 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 4,507
Posted By famnd
Re: Hard to control hypertension

Are you sure (& your Dr. too) that you can't manage your HBP with just Hctz? Lasix is pretty heavy duty plus you have to take potassium with it as you well know.

I have a difficult to control...
Board: Skin Problems 09-03-2009, 09:18 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 1,756
Posted By famnd
Re: So I'm a big idiot, and I need help (eczema)

From what I have read, steriod applied to skin can cause problems too. I used them for about a year or two. My b/p started going up. So I got off of them.

I've found trying to prevent the...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 09-03-2009, 09:07 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 1,029
Posted By famnd
Re: Need help with weight loss

I know what you mean. I just had a break through after 6yrs almost 7 dealing with lots of b/p meds plus Synthroid meds .

I've found that I definately had to decrease my calories while eating a...
Board: Skin Problems 09-02-2009, 11:40 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,298
Posted By famnd
sleep & bug bites

For almost three years, I've had small mosquito like bites on my upper arms, thighs, tummy, & buttocks. New bites appear everyday in the AM after sleeping. There is mild itching. My husband does...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 09-02-2009, 11:22 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 6,226
Posted By famnd
Re: Any positives on Amlodipine?

The dash diet for HBP has been shown to reduce b/p. I've read that walking an hour a day is the optimal amount of exercise for most patients with HBP. 15 min at a time can help especially before...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 09-01-2009, 08:12 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 8,575
Posted By famnd
Re: Worrying myself sick over thyroid nodules

Did your Docs thoroughly go over your potential risk factors? I have multinodule goiter too. I know the worry. But we have to find ways to tolerate it. I write in a journal which helps. Also,...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 09-01-2009, 08:01 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 4,733
Posted By famnd
Re: Weird BP reading...143/59?

There was an article not long ago that said most patient's b/p is 10-20 points (systolic) elevated at the Dr's. Given your history of White coat HBP I would say this is perfectly normal.

If...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 08-26-2009, 09:39 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 795
Posted By famnd
Re: Anyone experienced this scary situation?

Good idea to check with your Dr. about your symptoms. My friend told me that her sister just had a stroke. Her symptoms were she suddenly felt so cold & then collapsed. Best to have your Dr. sort...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 08-25-2009, 09:22 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 1,672
Posted By famnd
Weight Loss at last!!!

I am hoping I have finally found the secret to losing weight for me while being on 1800mg of Labetalol for 6 yrs. I've gained 20 lbs in spite of healthy eating, walking for an hour a day, riding my...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 07-30-2009, 08:38 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,807
Posted By famnd
Re: Goiter =-(

I have trouble eating bread too. I limit myself to 2 slices of whole wheat bread or 1 oz spagetti. I find toasting the bread helps until it gets very hard. My main symptom is becoming very tired...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 07-29-2009, 09:19 PM
Replies: 5
Views: 2,940
Posted By famnd
Re: Help! 34 and High Blood Pressure Resistant to 3 Medications

Hi JR,

I know the feeling of a sudden elevation. Mine soared when I developed thyroidits.

Have you taken home b/p measurements? If not, you need to get an idea of what your b/p is over a 24hr...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 07-29-2009, 09:03 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,685
Posted By famnd
Re: weight loss Idea

It was almost two years before I got any kind of b/p control. I've spend the last 6 1/2yrs getting a schedule that gives me some quality of life.

My Dr. would be very reluctant to go through...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 07-29-2009, 07:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,685
Posted By famnd
Re: weight loss Idea

WL,

Thanks. Yes,I will talk with my Dr. but I don't think it will hurt to find out just how my blood sugar varies during the day. My blood sugar does hover aroun 100 & I am at risk for diabetes...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 07-29-2009, 06:54 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,685
Posted By famnd
Re: weight loss Idea

ST,

Yes, it is a very high dose. I reached that dose by titration.

What other drugs are there that I haven't tried ? I also did biofeedback, c-pap (lowered my systolic 10 points.), and that...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 07-28-2009, 07:31 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,685
Posted By famnd
Re: weight loss Idea

My highest b/p to date was 258/110. I've been on the usual drugs. I've had serious reactions to more than a few. Lebetalol & HCTZ (without dye) are my last resorts. I have permanent damage to...
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 07-28-2009, 10:34 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,685
Posted By famnd
Re: weight loss Idea

Thanks ST,

Great ideas. I'm on such a high dose of Labetalol which affects my sense of taste so I am rarely hungry. I do drink one soda a day to help prevent me from eating all the sweets that...
Board: Thyroid Disorders 07-27-2009, 04:31 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 2,807
Posted By famnd
Re: Goiter =-(

I've found that aspirin is the best for thyroiditis. If you need help in avoiding the stomach issues associated with aspirin, let me know.

Fam
Board: High & Low Blood Pressure 07-27-2009, 09:54 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,685
Posted By famnd
weight loss Idea

Most of us with HBP have a weight issue plus our meds often add the pounds too.

Heard this idea on XM radio. A caller to the New York Medical Center station say that he finally has been able to...
Board: Diabetes 07-27-2009, 09:46 AM
Replies: 0
Views: 847
Posted By famnd
Monitors

What is the best buy for a monitor. I don't have diabetes but am at risk because of the b/p meds I'm on. I just want to find out what my blood glucose is at different times of the day. Also, I...
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