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Blood Pressure

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

So I've recently decided to go back on my blood pressure meds. When I had my first initial weight loss burst (10+ pounds), my blood pressure dropped slightly. As someone who has ALWAYS had high blood pressure, I took this as a sign I could stop my meds. I'm a nurse, I know better, but I did it anyway.

Fast forward...I'm down 48 pounds and my blood pressure is still not exactly where it should be. I called my doctor, had a heart to heart, and decided it would be best for me to resume my meds for now. She said my blood pressure might drop to within an acceptable range as I lose more weight, or it might always be high, especially given my family history.

This was somewhat of a blow for me. One of my goals in losing weight was to lower my blood pressure enough to get off meds. I've had to readjust my thinking to "Lower my blood pressure." Period. It's lower than it was, a lot lower. I need to be thankful for THAT and not overthink this.
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BLUEFISH1881 1/10/2013 9:09PM

    Good work losing those 48 pounds. emoticon


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SHARJOPAUL 1/10/2013 8:15AM

    Congratulations on 48 lbs lost and lowering your blood pressure.

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CATHYGETSFIT 1/9/2013 7:30PM

    Losing 48 pounds is awesome! You are doing fantastic!! I can certainly understand your thinking process. I would have thought the same thing. The good news is that your blood pressure is lower and definitely lower than it ever has been. However, it sounds like with your family history you may never be able to get off of the med's. Getting your blood pressure lower though can only help you in the long run. Listening to your body and your doctor are good things. You are doing great all the way around!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HELLFIGHTER1980 1/9/2013 9:44AM

    I fight with keeping my blood pressure low (family history as well) and have docs stumped as to why I don't have high blood pressure or high cholesterol. I attribute it to I was always semi active even at my biggest. If you have to take the meds...nothing to be ashamed of. You are making amazing strides in weight loss. You are doing what is right for you and who knows maybe at the end of the year when we are both part of the 1 under club you may be able to kick the meds. Good Luck...you got this and it will all work out in the wash!

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ALEXSGIRL1 1/9/2013 5:16AM

    48 pounds is awesome you are making great progress and doing a world of good for your body .

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DANCINGFLAMES 1/9/2013 4:11AM

    It is understandable to not want to be on the medicines. Atleast you know you are making progress and its great that you recognized the need to reconsider taking the meds.

Congrats on the 48 pounds that you've worked off.

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