Scary Blood Pressure

By Young1s Latest Reply 2013-11-14 06:45:14 -0600
Started 2013-11-11 22:43:15 -0600

Had a doctors appointment today and got a shock to the system. My blood pressure was 157/104. Really!?! Now I know I havn't been doing all the right things all the time but on the otherhand, I have most of the time. I've quit smoking to the point where I only have 2-3 a day (used to be a pack a day gal easily). And I've lost over 10lbs, who knew.

Now have I been indulging in fast foods lately, yes, but for the most part my eating habits remain consistent.

I meet with my doctor again in about a week and a half. She wants to keep a watch on my blood pressure and to discuss my new lab results. Wish me luck folks. I feel I'm in for a bumpy ride but will do anything to not have to be put on some other kind of medication. Lord knows I'm taking enough as it is.

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Young1s 2013-11-13 06:06:51 -0600 Report

Okay, so got the dreaded call from my doc today. Everything looks bad. From my kidney levels to my liver. From my blood pressure to my cholesterol. The only good thing is that my A!C went from 7.7 to 6.4 but all things considering, how can I be happy about that. This sucks!! What do I do? How can I make things better? Can I?

jigsaw 2013-11-13 17:58:56 -0600 Report

You know Pat, I've been trying to think of something to say that might be helpful! It has not been an easy feat. Then it occurred to me, I know, that you know the answer to your question as well as I do, if not better! You have the ability to manage, and control almost all that you mention, simply by making intelligent decisions, and taking positive action. It really is up to you. It's all within your power! Blood pressure can be managed, hi liver enzymes can be contolled and possibly reversed, and cholesterol is definitely manageable.
I have an image in my mind of who you really are! I see a wonderful mom, a terrific wife, and a beautiful person. I really hope you will take the time to step back thoughtfully, and allow yourself to do what must be done.

Young1s 2013-11-13 18:21:33 -0600 Report

You flatterer you! Haha!

Of course, I know you're right. It's just that I hate this situation that I'm now in. I know I can overcome but dammit! All of these things at once, really! I would so rather be saying to you all "yay my A!C went down", but can't be happy about that with all the other issues in play. Like I said though, I will get through this. I love life and will fight.

Nick1962 2013-11-13 07:58:53 -0600 Report

Well, what did your doctor tell you if anything? Do you have a follow up visit soon to discuss? That would be my first stop.
6.4 is great though! The rest may just be a temporary thing.

Young1s 2013-11-13 08:43:17 -0600 Report

Yes, I have a appmt on the 21st. Things look scary for me till then though. What should I be worried about till then realistically?

Nick1962 2013-11-13 10:41:06 -0600 Report

At this point I don’t think we should play doctor and guess at all the possible things that could be wrong. If it is something serious, I know you’re plenty strong enough to follow a treatment plan and deal with whatever it is. Worrying about it won't do anything, so I don't think there's really any "realistic" way to worry. On the other hand, if it were something really serious, I’d think she’d have you in right away (or hospitalized) and not wait a week

Young1s 2013-11-13 08:51:19 -0600 Report

Renal failure? Really!?! The possibility of a stroke? None of which I want to happen but know it can happen. I'm just worried too or just being realistic.

Nick1962 2013-11-12 08:37:44 -0600 Report

At first I was going to ask if you had a good looking doctor, but as I read you mentioned “she” wants to keep a watch on your blood pressure, so that thought was out. No joke, mine is always higher when the nurse or PA takes it. This last time he commented he’d have to let the new intern go because she was bad on blood pressure.

Kidding aside, that is a scary jump and just wondering if you haven’t had some recent stress. I’ve been overweight (there’s an understatement) and smoked most of my life, and even without meds, mine don’t go that high. However, like jigsaw pointed out, there seems to be a “trinity” with many diabetics – diabetes, high BP and high cholesterol.

I’ve come to accept that given our lifestyles, for many of us an elevated BP is inevitable. I’ve managed to keep mine in check with a low-dose generic maintenance medication that has few side effects (on me anyway), and there’s always the baby aspirin route if you’re not already on it. Other meds can contribute to it I’m also told.

Hopefully it’s just a fluke right now and you’ll get it worked out. Let us know please. We worry about our family members.

Young1s 2013-11-12 13:26:59 -0600 Report

Thank you Nick. That's the thing, I haven't been feeling particularly stressed about anything, And yesterday was a lovely day for me. We took the kids to our favorite Thai restaurant and had a blast. Then we went to the department store and us girls got facials, while the boys checked out some new clothes. So I don't really know what to make of this. I do, however, realize that worrying about it isn't gonna make things any better. So I will relax and let the chips fall. I'll discuss it with my doc and ultimately know how to deal when the time comes.

jigsaw 2013-11-12 05:59:26 -0600 Report

Like you, I have always hated the idea of taking meds. Unfortunately,I found that there were times that diet, exercise, and various natural means were not enough. I don't smoke, I could stand to lose about five pounds, my diet is good and I seldom eat foods that I shouldn't. My blood pressure is still slightly on the high side, as of the last 3 years or so. When I say high, I mean it varied from 130/70 to 140/80. My systolic (upper number) would occasionally approach the 150 mark, but my diastolic, was always within normal range. It took about four doctors of the same opinion to convince me to take blood pressure meds! It appears that diabetes, and hi blood pressure frequently go hand in hand. Throw in hi cholesterol and triglycerides into the bargain and those of us with diabetes are at much higher risk for a stroke or heart attack then people that don't have diabetes. Because hi blood pressure damages kidneys, is a major cause of stroke and heart attacks, I prefer to play it safe. After weighing the risks of taking meds vs not taking meds with hi blood pressure and diabetes, I went for the meds. A few doctors in my particular situation strongly advised doing so.
My wife on the other hand has a terrible diet, smoked over a pack of cigs per day until about six months ago when she quit, and has always had excellent blood pressure! She does not have diabetes, and her blood panel is great in spite of her poor habits.
So Patricia, I'm not trying to preach, I know that's not your thing, but it's been a few years since we met on DC, and it's simply out of concern, that I hope you make the best choices concerning your health.

Young1s 2013-11-12 13:10:01 -0600 Report

Thank you Jigs. I know you're not preaching, Just giving it to me straight. I appreciate that.

kejo 2013-11-12 00:01:19 -0600 Report

Smoking still constricts your blood vessels for thirty minutes causing hypertension. And most people get anxious when going to the doctor, which will also increase your blood pressure.

You're doing a great job, keep up the good work!!!!!! Wishing the best of luck on your doctors appointment.

Young1s 2013-11-12 01:08:54 -0600 Report

Yep but I assured my doc and now you all, I only smoke the cigs before I'm about to call it a night. Is that better, because I go the full day without smoking or is that worse. Not really sure. But it is what it is.

And yes I'm always anxious when visiting with my doc but she is used to this. As open as we are with each other, there still is that dynamic there that feels like a parent scolding a child when necessary. I don't mind. Like I said, it is what it is. This was something differnent and unusual though. Usually, I sit for five minutes or take some deep breaths and all is fine, but nothing changed this time.

Thank you for the well wishes. Will remain optimistic til something changes. Then I will just adjust. What other choice do I have, right?

jayabee52 2013-11-12 03:08:27 -0600 Report

I am worried for you, Young1 that you may be headed for CKD and perhaps dialysis should this hypertension continue. I have recently seen people in my clinic younger and younger. Several are there in the evenings when I go, who could not yet be in their 40s. I'd rather you not be one of them.

Prayers that you get this solved, sooner rather than later!


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