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Wallflower, January 10,  2019  3:02pm EST

Just diagnosed, few questions

Hi I was recently diagnosed 3 weeks ago with high blood pressure. I was seen by my doctor awhile back she prescribed amlodipine 5mg and said you can try to reduce sodium and if it doesnt go down then i can take the medicine. She didnt make it sound urgent so i never took it. 3 weeks ago my head was pounding and i was dizzy so i went back to the doctors, I was seen by an urgent care doctor who prescribed me chlorthalodine 25mg until I see my primary care doctor. I never took it because the amlodipine 5mg made me so sick I ended up in the ER. So I'm afraid to take this new one. I'm seeing my doctor next week (it takes long to see doctors with my medical). I'm 31 and I feel young enough where I can try to get my BP down with diet and excercise which I've been doing, but does anyone have advice on ways I can avoid taking the medication and lower my BP naturally? Does anyone have any success stories? When I went in 3 weeks ago it 164/101..3 weeks of no/low salt diet and light cardio, it now fluctuates between 145-127 systolic and 98-87 diastolic. But is usually higher in the morning and goes down from there. I'm new to all of this so I need someone to talk too, thanks!

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  • Jaso411
    Jaso411, January 14,  2019  6:34pm EST

    I know how you feel. I was diagnosed about 10 years ago with high BP and have been fighting it ever since. I find anxiety seems to be the largest contributor for me personally  I workout multiple times a week and run multiple miles about every other day but still struggle with it. In the mornings my BP is around 118/70 but throughout the day it will go in to the 130s/75 or 140s/78. For a while I had it staying great but the longer i fight anxiety it is as if my system stays in a heightened state along with my BP. 

  • DolphinWrite
    DolphinWrite, January 29,  2019  8:07pm EST

    Sodium and stress are huge impactors on hbp.  You say 3 weeks, so you might need to be patient with the process as no two people are exactly the same, foods also a factor.  It''s difficult to tell someone to calm down when they'reach stressing.  But that''s one good advice.  Perhaps a therapist, pastor, and/or counselor, talking with patients as well.  God bless.

  • DolphinWrite
    DolphinWrite, February 9,  2019  1:19am EST

    Absolutely, but it takes time.  I would certainly listen to your doctor and garner second opinions, researching strategies in the mean time.  All the best.  

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