I am no Doctor like everyone said you had 5 diastolic 85-100 and 5 systolic over 120,with that being said I would contact your physician and show him or her all those numbers,By the way I am a 50 year old male diag about 3 months ago taking only Benicar 20 mg daily no side effects and is working fine.My goal is to reduce that or maybe get off them,I will let my Dr decide,I cut out diet soda,watch the sodium,stress and exercise as much as I can,Good Luck To YOU
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Fitness Minutes: (100,465) Posts: 5,317 8/16/09 3:57 P
lamdaguy, You may need to change your diet. For me that made a world of difference. I started eating less processed foods and more fresh foods. I was like you. It was a slow journey but I started out on 8 meds and now I'm down to 4. My blood pressure started 180/100. Now it's usually around 110/60. But it took me 1 year and 10 months to get to that point. I changed my diet and added power walking.
WOW. My BP readings are as sporadic as yours. I have a doctors appointment on tuesday. I know it will be more of the same. They will look at my chart, ask me a few questions, ask if I need any prescription refills, check my BP and tell me to return in a month or so. I have been on BP med's since January and my readings have gone down some but not much. I take 5 meds.
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Fitness Minutes: (249,162) Posts: 12,934 8/15/09 5:38 P
Thank you all for the input! I would have never thot to take the monitor in with me. (lightbulb moment). I have been to this new doctor only once as I have moved provinces. I was thinking to go next Dec. for my annual check up.
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I second Cmfarra's response. Sure sounds like you're doing some good things, if nothing else..go in and let him/her be proud of ya! If your numbers tend to be erratic throughout the day, it may be beneficial to wear the 24-hour monitor. I had to do that once, which proved I *definitely* get white-coat hypertension
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I have health issues (hypertension, hypothyroidism), so I see my doctor about every three months. I also have blood work done to make sure my Tsh (thyroid needs) are under control. The last time I was in my doctor was delighted with my weight loss, cholesterol and blood sugar counts thanks to SparkPeople! Do drink your 8 or more cups/glasses of water everyday.! Jane
I just do NOT go to my Dr. So very rarely. I have no issues really. I DO deal with vertigo, and he put me on Antivert, which does help. My blood pressure is under control as well. All I go for is my yearly bone density!!
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What are your numbers? Does your doctor know that you run borderline? How often do you see him/her normally? If this is something new then you should make an appointment. Write all your numbers down and take them with you. Also, take the monitor you're using at home so it can be compared to the one in the office.
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