Hi MorticiaRose, Sorry it has taken so long to write. Congratulations on such a great weight loss. It's a battle I don't seem to have much luck with despite seeing a dietician, belonging to tops and going to an exercise group three times a week. This weight loss will put you on the right track to becoming more healty.You must be feeling somewhat better. I do exercises in the water and am really enjoying it and do feel better when I go, but like you I am nervous of even the little pains and quirks I feel. I also work full time at an extremely stressfull job, have 2 teenagers and a husband. I am 48 years old. My health issues only really started in the last 5 years or so. BP is finally getting controlled but it has taken 6 months.How much atenolol do you take? and when did you start it. I started on 50 mgs and it just wiped me out. So Dr agreed to cut it back to 25. Like you my head was a mess, lightheaded , buzzing etc.(I also don't drink) Before beginning medication I used to have massive headaches that I would take 3 advil migrane pills and it would still not help. My BP average was probably 150/100 or higher until two visits ago.I didn't have my machine then. I usually have to go at least once a month and even had two months when I had appointments every week with either the Dr or his Nurse practioners. When I first went on atenolol I was terrified and almost went to emergency, but now that I am off it I almost miss it as I really notice now how hard my heart pounds when I climb the stairs and try to do anything.At first it(the atenolol) gave me chest pains and I was afraid to move my arms as it would trigger these weird feelings. And if I recall there were days of nausea and feeling like not wanting to eat. Now that I am off it however, I am almost tempted to take it again as I felt much safer with it . I also take Hydrochlorothiazide and Altace. Was taking 25 mgs of atenolol along with these. Unfortunately dropping the atenolol has not cleared up my head as much as I would like although it is better than it was. Finally hit 120/80 just 2 weeks ago at the Dr but because of having to drop the atenolol am having trouble again. Dr wants to up the Altace. Says he doesn't want me getting sick?? whatever he means by that. You may have answered some of my questions. When I was first diagnosed the only thing the Dr did was blood work and nothing else. I always wondered like you if I am a ticking time bomb and would like a few tests just to be sure.Always wondered why he never did further testing considering how high and how long it was out of control, and with my weight and family history. He is probably thinking like yours ,it isn't going to tell him anything he doesn't already know. It took a lot of courage for me to go to the Dr and usually run the other way. I also have mild thyroid issues but seems to be under control with 75 mgs of thyroid medication synthroid. My father passed away in his mid 40's from cholesteral blockages. He had two bypass surgeries and refused the last one. I am already older than he was when he died. My brother also has cholesterol and high BP. Luckily my cholesterol is not too bad, just not enough of the good kind so they are freaking out about that a little bit. Dr doesn't hassle me much about my weight, just keeps pushing me to be sure to keep up with the dietician. Over the years he never said boo about my weight until the BP thing hit. I have had the same Dr for 23 years and have always been overweight since I was a young teenager. 5 lbs a year soon adds up to the 150 lb excess. My Dr doesn't usually tell me the numbers from the blood work and I get too nervous when there and don't talk much and then have questions I think about when I get home. I do know that I had A1C but it was fine. I thought a 6 average was good. With your weight loss I am surprised your blood pressure is acting up but it may just be a temp reaction to medication or changes or something. Your numbers shouldn't cause you to panic too much yet. You have definitely had a rough road but you are on the right track and sounds like you are working in the right direction. When my mom was ill , her Dr looked at me and said weight was a major issue for Cancer. She had breast cancer that went to Ovarian cancer and never much had a chance. Oddly there is no other cancer in the family before her. So again your weight loss should help you out. I never worried about my weight till the last few years and now that I am really trying I seem to go nowhere fast. I think you are doing great and it will get better, especially with a few nice days of sunshine. Just remember to stop and smell the Roses.