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CSMAnderson 03-26-2015 12:47 PM

Blood Pressure
 
I found out yesterday my blood pressure is high. It was 137 over 82. My doctor didn't like that. He put me on 20mg Lisinopril. It's a good thing I went to see my doctor because I have not been feeling good lately. Now I know why. Hopefully this will take care of he problem.

Tonto 03-26-2015 01:28 PM

First...I am NOT a doctor or medical professional...just happen to interact with them too often.

Just my thoughts here.

Generally, the normal BP range is considered to be more than 120 over 80 and less than 140 over 90. Putting someone on meds for having a BP of 137 over 82 seems odd (unless there is some other medical condition)...this is just my personal opinion...again...I am NOT a medical professional.

Was you BP taken more than once? Did they use the correct size BP cuff? I know that when they use the regular size cuff on my larger arm, it gives a false high reading. I also have "white coat trauma"...I get nervous in the office & it makes my initial BP reading go higher. My Doc always takes a reading after I've been sitting there talking to her for some time.

If it were me, I'd get a 2nd opinion. Meds, while helpful, can cause some serious side effects.

Don't ask why I know too much :(

skipper 03-26-2015 01:35 PM

George, I concur with everything Jan said. That is borderline at best and this will NOT make you feel poorly. The first thing someone should do for HBP is try diet and exercise. NOT meds. Once you start taking medication you become dependant on them and will likely have to take them for the rest of your life.
And, another note pointed out by Jan, BP is often very variable depending on what and if you ate, what's going on in your head, etc etc etc. Most any doctor will tell you to buy a BP machine and take it for a week or 2 every day to see if there is a pattern WAY before they prescribe meds.
George, please get a second opinion.
By the way, My BP was close to 160 /110 for a few years and only when the doc said we need to look into medication did I take it seriously and with diet and exercise it is now 110 over 60.

good luck George.

Jimmie The Mum 03-26-2015 02:28 PM

I agree with Jan. George even starting off at 20mg sounds high. Little things like coffee, eating can make vary the pressure.

Tonto 03-26-2015 02:47 PM

Just another thought, you said:
Quote:

I have not been feeling good lately
Have you had you testosterone levels checked? It's a simple blood test.

skipper 03-26-2015 03:19 PM

George, this is the worst time of year for not feeling good. There could be a thousand reasons why and none of them serious.
the simple fact that the days are getting longer, or the temp rising (although it may not seem so)... and, when exactly did you retire? Any new routine...
More than likely you are fighint a bug of some sort.

Tonto 03-26-2015 03:25 PM

Yup, what Skip said...could be 1,000 reasons.

CSMAnderson 03-26-2015 04:41 PM

The doctor has been watching my BP for about a year now and it seems o be inching up gradually. According to what I have read a normal BP is less than 120 over less than 80. I am in the higher end of the prehypertension stage with a 137 over 82. I'm only 3 points from being at 140 which stage 1 hypertension. That's why he put me on meds, to see if that would bring it down. He did mention exercise would also help, but seeing as it's been to cold I haven't completed any exercise program.

skipper 03-27-2015 10:12 AM

George, dont you have heat in your house? A gym near by?
you will likely begine a dependance on the meds. I would advise not taking them until you try the exercise (bounce this off of your doctor first).
As it was explained to me, the meds will lower your BP often lower than ideal. Your body will work to keep it up to where your vital organs will continue to get the blood they need. This will be your new norm. Remove the meds and you will have troubles.

Jimmie The Mum 03-27-2015 11:21 AM

George, you need to do what's best for you. If you are comfortable with your doctor and you know how your body feels then follow your gut and advice.
No ones knows your situation better then you do.
Every year I see you, you look great shape, not overweight etc.

I take a small (10mg) blood pressure pill. Every quarter I ask the the doctor if we can cut it out but he says why mess with it.
I don't agree with him but I also trust him so I stay on it.

jonnysmokes 04-08-2015 09:04 PM

how you doing George.....feeling any better?

CSMAnderson 04-09-2015 06:55 PM

I am feeling better. I'm on vacation (it's been a really great time). I'll know more once I get home and return to the family. The family at times can be stressful, if you know what I mean.

Tonto 04-09-2015 07:42 PM

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Originally Posted by CSMAnderson (Post 228232)
I am feeling better. I'm on vacation (it's been a really great time). I'll know more once I get home and return to the family. The family at times can be stressful, if you know what I mean.

Last vacation my wife & I went on was in 1995. :(

RE: family stress...I know what you mean...we have 4 kids! :D

CSMAnderson 04-10-2015 09:03 PM

Tonto, you need to treat yourself and your wife better. You need to get in some relxation time. All work and no makes Tonto grumpy! :-)

Tonto 04-11-2015 07:40 PM

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Originally Posted by CSMAnderson (Post 228290)
Tonto, you need to treat yourself and your wife better. You need to get in some relxation time. All work and no makes Tonto grumpy! :-)

Long story...I had to have emergency surgery a few years ago & they messed up. Left me with more problems. Most of the time when I do actually leave the house...it's to head to a medical appointment. :(

CSMAnderson 04-11-2015 09:01 PM

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Originally Posted by Tonto (Post 228307)
Long story...I had to have emergency surgery a few years ago & they messed up. Left me with more problems. Most of the time when I do actually leave the house...it's to head to a medical appointment. :(

Sorry to hear this. Keep your head up.


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