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M/Y BP's ranged about 138/92 ish for about a three month period of time (always taken at the Drs. office) - about 4 to 5 readings.

At the time I was taking a lot of Sudafed and Motrin for sinus migraines - and though I was a healthy weight I did not eat right nor did I exercise - I was NEVER given the option of trying natural methods to get it down - just given the medication.

The funny thing is I have been on Torpol for over 5 years and my HBP is WORSE than ever (145/100 ish and many times much higher). They just kept increasing my dosage?

I continue to struggle with the breathing (though I am very EXCITED to finally be off the Toprol and am hoping that will help it some) - but I have read your posts with GREAT interest. I love the way you have taken so much time and effort to help yourself. I think that mine too is a combination of things. I know my asthma meds raise my B/P - I seem unusually sensitive to the inhaled steroids affecting my B/P. Also I know that I have to add consistent exercise. I also want to get checked for sleep apnea.

I may have 'taken it' sitting down for 5 years - but no MORE :) I am going to take a page out of your book -- and start working on me MYSELF!! I am worth it - we ALL ARE!!!

I am continuing the DASH diet, bought a 'walk fit in your house' type of workout video - and I going to talk to my Dr. about Sleep Apnea testing. I am 34 years old and want to get this figured out before I waste more of my life on medication SIDE EFFECTS.

Thank you so much for all your AWESOME posts - way to go, you are such an inspiration to me.

Nessa
[QUOTE=Vanessa74;3459839]My BP's ranged about 138/92 ish for about a three month period of time (always taken at the Drs. office) - about 4 to 5 readings.

Surely sends a strong pattern of believable hypertension. Your's could be even higher than that because Blood Pressure increases during the day, for most people, and peaks in the evening. For some, like those with Metabolic Syndrome, blood pressure can increase, also, during the night.

[QUOTE]At the time I was taking a lot of Sudafed and Motrin for sinus migraines - and though I was a healthy weight I did not eat right nor did I exercise - I was NEVER given the option of trying natural methods to get it down - just given the medication.

Sorry to hear about the migraines. UGH!

[QUOTE]The funny thing is I have been on Torpol for over 5 years and my HBP is WORSE than ever (145/100 ish and many times much higher). They just kept increasing my dosage?

Most BP medications do not become less effective, over time. The "root causes" of the rising blood pressure, such as aging, and Metabolic Syndrome, and Diabetes, get worse. As our health problems worsen, it requires more medication. But...... medication can only do so much.

I still had a lousy diet and drank too much, all through my 50's, even though I suffered from heart failure, and chronically high blood pressure. It was only after my symptoms got so bad, and the quality of my life became so poor, that I decided to diet. Unfortunately, my going to a healthy diet was not enough. Fortunately, though, when I finally went to a small meal, frequent feeding, low calorie diet, targeting Insulin Resistance, my health, weight and blood pressure improved dramatically.

I not only take my blood pressure multiple times per day, I also monitor my weight multiple times per day.

I remember a time that I lacked the strength to get out of bed. If I did the slightest physical exercise, such as hammering a nail with a hammer, I would be exhausted and fatigued for the rest of the day. These days, I'm making roof repairs and lifting weights. Quite a turnaround!

[QUOTE]I continue to struggle with the breathing (though I am very EXCITED to finally be off the Toprol and am hoping that will help it some)

When I first read some of your posts, about the difficulties you have with breathing, I thought of two possible causes, Insulin Resistance (Metabolic Syndrome) and Chemical Sensitivities (MCS). I kinda rule out MCS, for now, because you seem to have the normal Allergy/Asthma problems. If you were overly sensitive to normal, everyday chemicals, odors, pollutants, etc., you'd be aware of it.

But...... I still think that Insulin Resistance could possibly be some of your problem (until it is ruled out) because of the breathing problems and the high blood pressure, and because I believe that the majority of people have some form of Insulin Resistance. You can have totally healthy weight and glucose readings and still suffer from Insulin Resistance.

Of course, your breathing problems could also have been caused by the Toprol. I sure hope that getting off the Toprol works for you!

[QUOTE] - but I have read your posts with GREAT interest. I love the way you have taken so much time and effort to help yourself.

Thanks for the comment.

My increased symptoms and deterioration in my quality of life forced my hand. I had to do something. But, for years, nothing that I tried worked.

[QUOTE]I think that mine too is a combination of things. I know my asthma meds raise my B/P - I seem unusually sensitive to the inhaled steroids affecting my B/P. Also I know that I have to add consistent exercise. I also want to get checked for sleep apnea.

How do you know that steroids raise your BP? In my case, it is the allergens and irritants, which provokes the Asthma, or Allergies, that raise my blood pressure, not the medications.

[QUOTE]I may have 'taken it' sitting down for 5 years - but no MORE :) I am going to take a page out of your book -- and start working on me MYSELF!! I am worth it - we ALL ARE!!!

With a great attitude like this, you can't help but succeed!

I'll be looking forward to following your progress!

[QUOTE]I am continuing the DASH diet, bought a 'walk fit in your house' type of workout video - and I going to talk to my Dr. about Sleep Apnea testing. I am 34 years old and want to get this figured out before I waste more of my life on medication SIDE EFFECTS.

Sounds like a good approach. The most effective things that I have done to improve my health and blood pressure and heart disease, were small meal, frequent feeding, low calorie diet; - daily exercise of walking; and then using a stepper and weights (after two years of improvement); - and small doses of blood pressure medication (after three years of improvement). The healthier I have gotten, the smaller the dose of medication that I needed.

[QUOTE]Thank you so much for all your AWESOME posts - way to go, you are such an inspiration to me.

Nessa

Thanks for your comment and your encouragement. That means a lot to me!

I read your amazing response a while ago, and I really appreciated your compliments, but I've been very busy between roof repairs and other maintenance issues. I apologize for not responding to your encouraging post earlier! I especially appreciate it because you took the time to give praise, while, at the same time, suffering from your own, nasty health problems. That shows a lot of character!

Best of regards, and good fortune with your health! :wave: