Hello everyone!! I've got limited time so wil try to cover what I can for the time being. Sally, Marantz summed up my thoughts about your statement regarding "upright and walking"....I had a horribly long day yesterday and to undwind I read a few posts only to come across your doctor's interpretation of your health...I must have "hooted" for about 15 minutes...thank you for putting some laughter in my life after a very stressful day, :angel:.
I especially appreciate your comment on vision changes...although a few posters have experienced this side effect (FG, if I recall you had some experiences with vision changes, too), it is not brought up very much on the boards. I suspect many people don't realize the medication may be making their vision blurry...I certainly didn't until I had to use glasses that I wore before I was diagnosed with high blood pressure. And as I've said, 4 doctors told me it wasn't the meds...but I'm seeing "vision changes" or "blurry vision" on more drug info as we go along. Interesting, too, that it's a side effect of some of the meds they advertise on TV.
As far as "rebound hypertension" goes, I'm pretty sure that's what I experienced on atenolol when I went cold turkey...2-3 weeks after I disco'd my pressures shot up (systolic was over 160, can't remember what the diastolic was) and that's what made me go into my doctor for the 5 med to try....he didn't say anything about it possibly being rebound, but I doubt that he knows what rebound is...he didn't acknowledge/recognize any of my side effects on meds, afterall. So what I'm saying is that although I believe I've experienced it, I really have nothing to offer except it was 2-3 weeks after I stopped taking it that my numbers shot up there.
As far as "why do these doctors "never explain these things"...here are my best guesses...
1. They are poorly trained in the detection, treatment, and management of hypertension.
2. If they are knowledgeable, they don't want to take the time...the more patients they see, the more lucrative their business (and yes, it is a BUSINESS).
3. At one time in medicine/psychology, there was a belief in the power of suggestion...in other words, if a physician mentioned symptoms, the patient would automatically get the symptoms mentioned. I've got alot to say on this topic, so I had better stop now.
Take care, Sally! And welcome to the boards!!!! I am so very sorry we didn't welcome you properly...but you are very welcome here.