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Old 01-17-2017, 05:12 PM
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The hits just keep on coming! Ever since the lightning strike, I've had nothing but problems. Without boring you with everything that's happened since the strike, I'll just touch on the recent issue.

My blood pressure is out of whack. Up until the strike, my blood pressure has been perfect since birth. Since then, my blood pressure has skyrocketed. For the last 10+ yrs, my blood pressure has always been in the ideal range. Now it is 136/90, 142/89, 132/82 since the strike. In the evening it seems to go into the normal range, but I'm not chugging coffee and coke like I used to since the kidney stones from hell (had to have been from the lightning as well)

I know there's stuff available all over the internet, it's just a bit frustrating and difficult to find anyone my age that's dealing with this. I'm 36, in excellent health, my cholesterol is in check, and every test has come back perfect. I'm stumped. What's next? My liver? It was perfect at my last ultrasound for the kidneys.

My dr is giving it 2-3 months before putting me on medication. He wants to see my BP highs and lows. I do not want to be on medication. He can't really figure out why my BP is up.

I need to get my BP down without medication. It's not just my BP, it's also my heart rate. Sometimes it shoots up to 116-120 bpm for no reason. Today it shot up to 131 bpm and the lowest it has been is 73 bpm, but it usually stays in the 80-90 bmp range at rest.

Anyone in their mid 30s diagnosed with hypertension?
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High sodium foods will raise your BP. Try focusing on lowering your sodium intake for a couple of weeks and see if that makes a difference. For some people it's just genetic and the only way to manage it is with medications. If that's the case do it. Biggest risk for a stroke is HBP. I have several friends on BP meds that are 30's and 40's.

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I will definitely do that. You know I love salty foods... I need my BP to return to normal.

HBP runs on my mom's side of the family - but only those that drank and smoked heavily.

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I will definitely do that. You know I love salty foods... I need my BP to return to normal.

HBP runs on my mom's side of the family - but only those that drank and smoked heavily.
I know I've seen you mention you like your salty foods. Less than 2000 mg's of it a day is what you should be shooting for. Have you ever read the sodium content on labels? You'll be shocked if you haven't. Most people are at about 4000. It's hard but it will work.

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Stress, anxiety? Can the Dr put you on a holter monitor? Or can you track what you're doing at the time your pulse or BP goes up?

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I know I've seen you mention you like your salty foods. Less than 2000 mg's of it a day is what you should be shooting for. Have you ever read the sodium content on labels? You'll be shocked if you haven't. Most people are at about 4000. It's hard but it will work.
I just checked everything I eat and drink for breakfast and lunch. So far, I'm averaging 700 mgs on non-cinnamon roll days. Cinnamon rolls can bounce from 300mgs to 770mgs depending on which one I make or buy. I probably have one maybe every two weeks, sometimes once a week.

For dinner, very little salt is added. Sometimes the husband will order pizza, maybe once every week.

After adding up what I usually eat just for breakfast and lunch, I really expected it to be much higher.

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Stress, anxiety? Can the Dr put you on a holter monitor? Or can you track what you're doing at the time your pulse or BP goes up?
I have a BP monitor that I use a few times a day. I do notice it go up when I'm stressed. Sometimes it will go up for no reason.

Stressing out over my BP isn't helping much. :/
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Even though little salt is added at dinner it's the meal that usually has the most sodium. I remember being so shocked that the skinny mini veggie sandwich at Pot belly had 1200 mgs of sodium! Only 300 calories but almost a days worth of sodium.

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Eek! That's a lot! I've told the husband to cut back on the salt on my food. If he wants to add salt, add it to his once it's on his plate.
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First thing I was going to ask is if your BP is high only in the doc's office or if it's high at home as well, but you already answered that. :-)

I've always had "White Coat" syndrome where my heart rate is artificially high at the Dr.'s office. Over the past 8 years or so (I'm 29) my blood pressure has jumped on the bandwagon as well and I'll always get readings around 149/90 at the Dr.'s office. It makes it worse that I get anxious that my vitals will be high and that the nurse/Dr. will comment on it. I actually can feel myself get anxious just seeing a blood pressure monitor/machine!
I do have a monitor at home and things are always normal there, though.

Did you know that they now consider anything above 120/80 pre-hypertension? The standards have been lowered (or raised?) over the years.

There's a tea on Amazon that might be worth a shot:
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Also, do you exercise?
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First thing I was going to ask is if your BP is high only in the doc's office or if it's high at home as well, but you already answered that. :-)

I've always had "White Coat" syndrome where my heart rate is artificially high at the Dr.'s office. Over the past 8 years or so (I'm 29) my blood pressure has jumped on the bandwagon as well and I'll always get readings around 149/90 at the Dr.'s office. It makes it worse that I get anxious that my vitals will be high and that the nurse/Dr. will comment on it. I actually can feel myself get anxious just seeing a blood pressure monitor/machine!
I do have a monitor at home and things are always normal there, though.

Did you know that they now consider anything above 120/80 pre-hypertension? The standards have been lowered (or raised?) over the years.

There's a tea on Amazon that might be worth a shot:
https://www.amazon.com/Triple-Leaf-B...ure%2Btea&th=1

Also, do you exercise?
I definitely get plenty of exercise, instead of gym time, I am a landscaper, painter, remodeler, plumber, electrician, seamstress, entertainer, and I run a cleaning business for free. To sum it up, I'm a SAHM.

I'm beginning to wonder if the dr's office has something to do with it. I love my dr, he's fantastic, I shouldn't feel anxious there, but maybe there's something triggering my BP to go up when I'm there...

My husband is no help, he keeps breaking stuff that I have to fix. He tries to "fix" stuff that's not broken. Last night, it was the plumbing. Of course, that stresses me out. My son is super hormonal and he's driving me crazy. I need a vacation.

Does your BP return to normal when you leave the dr's office or does it go down after you have your BP checked?

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I definitely get plenty of exercise, instead of gym time, I am a landscaper, painter, remodeler, plumber, electrician, seamstress, entertainer, and I run a cleaning business for free. To sum it up, I'm a SAHM.

I'm beginning to wonder if the dr's office has something to do with it. I love my dr, he's fantastic, I shouldn't feel anxious there, but maybe there's something triggering my BP to go up when I'm there...

My husband is no help, he keeps breaking stuff that I have to fix. He tries to "fix" stuff that's not broken. Last night, it was the plumbing. Of course, that stresses me out. My son is super hormonal and he's driving me crazy. I need a vacation.

Does your BP return to normal when you leave the dr's office or does it go down after you have your BP checked?
Yeah, stress and high blood pressure definitely don't mix. It's not like you can just stop being stressed either, so that's a tough one.
My blood pressure goes back down as soon as I get into my car after being at the Dr.'s. I've brought my BP monitor with me to check. They've tried re-checking immediately after my exam/visit but it's still high then. It's completely mental with me. I have no reason for it.. On a conscious level the Dr doesn't stress me out at all and I don't have a fear of exams or anything so I have no idea why it effects me the way it does!

If you are getting consistent high readings at home, though, then you may have something to worry about. Do you check it randomly or at set times?
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I check it at random. Right now, it's 117/77 and 83 bpm. I'll snap a pic of my BP chart.
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Here are my readings since the 12th. It's all over the place.
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Here are my readings since the 12th. It's all over the place.
*Most* of those readings are within the acceptable range.

Has your doctor offered to send you home with a 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitor? It checks your BP at regular intervals over 24 hours automatically. That way you don't even have to think about taking it, won't get stressed out about it at all and it'll be the most accurate. It measures while you're sleeping, too, which can be a good indicator if your BP is being triggered by stress or other activities you do throughout the day.

Like I said previously, my BP is usually 149/90 with a 120BPM pulse at my Dr.'s. I just checked it at home and it was 107/70 and my pulse was 58BPM. I can seriously work myself up!

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Not yet - he just mentioned picking up BP cuff monitor from the drugstore. If he refers me to a specialist, I'm sure that dr would have me wear one 24/7.

I really hope he's ok with my blood pressure as is b/c it definitely goes up when I'm stressed. Just to amuse myself, I checked my blood pressure last night and then asked my husband about his mother. I checked it again and it went up! lol
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Unfortunately, even without adding any extra salt to food, there are a lot of foods items that we buy that are just loaded with sodium! You really have to read labels. Even food labeled "low sodium" can still have quite a bit.

Don't be afraid of medication if you end up needing to. They'd start you on a low dose and maybe you'd never need more. A few years ago, I started on a low dose of lisinopril. Once a day. With or without foods. No side effects that I've seen. And so far, that's all I need. My doc is very happy with my BP now. For me, it's genetic, on my mom's side. I really watch my sodium and I exercise like a fanatic. But it wasn't enough.

I really hope you get yours down, and your HR, too. Something's got to be triggering it, I would think.

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The hits just keep on coming! Ever since the lightning strike, I've had nothing but problems. Without boring you with everything that's happened since the strike, I'll just touch on the recent issue.

My blood pressure is out of whack. Up until the strike, my blood pressure has been perfect since birth. Since then, my blood pressure has skyrocketed. For the last 10+ yrs, my blood pressure has always been in the ideal range. Now it is 136/90, 142/89, 132/82 since the strike. In the evening it seems to go into the normal range, but I'm not chugging coffee and coke like I used to since the kidney stones from hell (had to have been from the lightning as well)

I know there's stuff available all over the internet, it's just a bit frustrating and difficult to find anyone my age that's dealing with this. I'm 36, in excellent health, my cholesterol is in check, and every test has come back perfect. I'm stumped. What's next? My liver? It was perfect at my last ultrasound for the kidneys.

My dr is giving it 2-3 months before putting me on medication. He wants to see my BP highs and lows. I do not want to be on medication. He can't really figure out why my BP is up.

I need to get my BP down without medication. It's not just my BP, it's also my heart rate. Sometimes it shoots up to 116-120 bpm for no reason. Today it shot up to 131 bpm and the lowest it has been is 73 bpm, but it usually stays in the 80-90 bmp range at rest.

Anyone in their mid 30s diagnosed with hypertension?
However very different causes - mine started from severe preeclampsia - once blood pressure gets out of whack it tends to never correct itself. Especially if it's not connected to cholesterol or a healthy related issue.

What people don't realize is the level of danger they are in when your blood pressure is up. A heart attack is painful and noticeable to a scary and painful degree. Blood pressure is often painless and the symptoms are not as noticeable. Shorter fuse, headaches, kidney issues, blurry vision, heightened anxiety. You could stroke and stay alive with the inability to care for yourself.

My high blood pressure almost killed me. I was legally blind for two months. My blood pressure spiked and caused the nerves behind my eyes to bleed. The blood blocked my vision and it took a while for the blood to go away and let me see again. The swelling left me with nerve damage in both eyes. My kidneys were failing. It was a terrifying time. I got to the point of great health. After that situation of lost all my extra weight. I ate healthier. I ran three miles a few days a week. Did crossfit thinking if I got healthy I could get off BP pills. But each time I tried it shot back up. I feel better with my blood pressure at a safe rate. And it is such an easy way to kill yourself off. It takes nothing before it destroys your body.

The top number is the pressure in your arteries when you hearts is beating. The bottom number is when it's at rest. The bottom number is the dangerous one. 90 or more is a ticking time bomb. The upper number should be under 140. 130 or lower, ideally but 140 and up you are in trouble.

My personal opinion because of my experience, get the pill. Exercise, diet, get to a healthy state and when you feel you are at the best health you can be ask your doctor to support you weening off the pill and seeing if you BP stays safe. If it doesn't get back on it and be at peace with it. It's not the end of the world... but it could be if you don't take it. I'm 36 too. I've been in medication for 4 yrs... on and off until I made peace with it and decided it was just life.

Best of luck. Hope you feel better soon.
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