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Fam,

I am glad you mentioned taking extra BP meds when the blood pressure starts climbing. I would not have thought of that. That's brilliant! :) I wonder if one should do that with BP fluctuations, that is take extra meds when they happen, just to reduce the risks somewhat. I honestly have never thought of that. Instead, I'd worry about how high it was going to get while I slept. The BP elevations usually happen at bedtime. I go to sleep with high blood pressure. Not a good feeling. Luckily, it does not happen very often. To that end, I was told just this morning to take 1/2 of my Felodipine dose before going to bed to reduce the chances of this happening. That should help with the fluctuations. I already take 1/2 of my Ramipril at bedtime. I guess it's not enough. Can't keep track of half lives of each of the drugs. Got a new one today. It's Advair for asthma. I will stop taking Nexium as it's given me nothing but grief (new & worse side effects than the ones it was supposed to help treat). So, I'll just live with it as before.
Glad to hear you've been busy! I am also happy that you are now over your most recent bout of thyroditis. I hope you were not in much pain. I don't know much about this illness but should definitely inform myself as I could have it too! I will be getting my blood work after my next doctor's visit but
doubt very much that TSH, Free T3, Free T4 and similar tests will be included on the requsition form.
I have been concentrating on exploring the renin/aldosterone/angiotensin system, and the med's effects on their levels, and how things work in general. Much has been written on this subject in medical journals. The hyperaldosteronism is a COMMON underlying cause of resistant hypertension. Did you know that the prevalence of hyperalderosteronism increases with the severity of hypertension? I did not! Now, if only I could get the doctors to order a few tests. By the way, the medication I complain so much about (spironolactone) is an aldosterone antagonist and used mostly in resistant hypertension.

It was good to see your post! :)
take care,

flowergirl
[QUOTE=flowergirl2day;3167584]...It's Advair for asthma.

FG, Advair was what I was prescribed for my breathing attacks when I was on hydrochlorothiazide. Make sure you rinse out your mouth after taking a dose or you will get thrush!! And if you get thrush, you will be taking a med for the side effect of Advair, and Advair is what you are taking for the side effects of your bp meds.

[QUOTE]...The hyperaldosteronism is a COMMON underlying cause of resistant hypertension. Did you know that the prevalence of hyperalderosteronism increases with the severity of hypertension? I did not! Now, if only I could get the doctors to order a few tests. By the way, the medication I complain so much about (spironolactone) is an aldosterone antagonist and used mostly in resistant hypertension...flowergirl

FG,

Am so very glad to see you're doing your reading!! When doing my reading on the secondary causes of hypertension, I thought of your symptoms when reading about aldosteronism. Hopefully, your doctors are doing their reading, too.

Bethsheba