Tuesday, May 15, 2012
I went to the doctor today because I have been dizzy. Essentially, he did agree that periodically my blood pressure was bottoming out. His answer, was to tell me to sit down when I become dizzy. Essentially, unless I actually pass out he won't change my meds. Hmmm, this doesn't work so well for me.
On the other hand, I get where he is coming from. He sees a middle-aged, over weight woman, with high-blood pressure. The current medication is effectively lowering her blood pressure, thus reducing her risk of stroke and heart attack. In fact, low blood pressure isn't harmful, just annoying.
OK, well. I can't change the fact that I am middle-aged, and have a family history of heart disease. I can change the over weight part. I will try patience to begin with and see if he is correct and that my body will adjust.
Part of me, wants to say, forget him, I can do this on my own. I can gradually reduce my meds and track my BP on my own. Afterwards, show him how wonderfully well I am doing without the meds. The problem with this line of thought, is that it presumes that my hypertension is being caused by being overweight and not by anything else. I have been seeing a very, slow general downward trend with meds.
The problem with this thought, is that if the hypertension is being caused by a genetic pre-disposition, it's entirely possible that I could reach my goal weight and still have hypertension. Ugh, I would certainly hope I could at least reduce my meds. But, how to do this without help, is a problem. For, now I will settle for waiting to see if my body adjusts, I will also monitor by BP more than once a week.