I have HBP, osteoarthritis in hands and high cholesterol. Am on Diovan 320 mg daily for HBP and Lipitor 20 mg daily for cholesterol. I am 135 and want to get down to 125, so I don't see that weight as a major problem. But my only exercise (honestly) is walking about 2 miles a day. Have (HAD) inflammation in hands....swollen and painful. Three weeks ago I went to an acupuncturist for the first time. I was very skeptical but didn't want anymore docs or meds. After the first visit I felt about 20% pain relief. He gave me a sample of a supplement that contains tumeric to fight the inflammation in my hands. (and my pharmacist said it could help my HBP). I was happy with the results and bought several bottles. By the second treatment I was 90% pain free and had NO inflammation in hands. WooHoo!! I became a believer. Also in the second treatment he did not only the needles but included 'cupping' which I believe really helped. Third visit he did both. Now I will do 3 more visits and have him concentrate on my knees. This may not help everyone but I am so glad I was open-minded enough to try. BTW, I did not tell anyone that I was going. I did not want negative input. But now that it worked, I tell everyone!! Hope everyone enjoys the holiday weekend....
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Be careful with the OTC aspirin, ibuprofin & acetametaphin if you are on BP meds. My docs warned me not to take ibuprofin b/c it can raise your pressure, depending on how it reacts w/your BP meds. I've been on BP meds for so long I think I was born taking them....LOL. I've been taking the 81% aspirin along w/all my meds, as prescribed, and my doc keeps a close watch on my pressure & blood work--but then again, I'm on severl BP meds, so it is all about works best for you. I just found out over the past 12 mos that b/c my BP was consistently 150-170 over 90+ for quite some time (while taking my meds) that other medical issues were created, such as kidney issues, gout & osteoarthritis. Happily w/new meds, etc. my BP consistently much lower.
If you are on more than 1 or 2 medications (for anything) and OTCs, to check out if there are any major interactions, check out http://www.mediguard.org. You can list all the meds you are taking for interactions and you can list any conditions you have and even print out a wallet card -- it's all free. It's easy to update and if there are ever any recalls on your meds, they will send you an email. I've been using it for a couple of years because my meds have gone thru many changes.
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Some supplements that I'm aware of that may help inflammation are: bromelin, resveratrol, vit D, tumeric, MSM. quercetin, boswella and I'm sure there are others. I've also read that prescription and OTC anti-inflammstories are not safe for long term use.
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I've been wondering for years what sets off hypertension in the first place. Even my doctors couldn't tell me; except that losing weight would help to lower it. I noticed that in summer when I tend to eat lots of fresh fruit and veggies my BP stays lower, with and without BP meds which I still take daily. I had not heard this about inflammation but it makes sense to me. Now I'm off to research what other dietary changes would be most valuable. Thanks for posting this.
I eat lots of vegetables and some fruit. I need to look up which ones are specifically for inflammation but what comes to mind off the top of my head would be tomatoes,brocolli,onions,garlic.... I take supplements like omega 369 a fish oil supplement,turmeric curcumin, tried drinking aloe vera juice and tried supplements I have dried cherries that I heard cherries can be used in place of anti inflammatory over the counter drugs like ibuprofen,aspirin,acetominophen. Cherries are supposed to be good to help with pain naturally and dried cherries would be a stronger dose than regular cherries. I think it was like you would have to eat maybe 18 regular cherries or just 3 dried cherries to equal taking one aspirin or ibuprofen pill...it has been awhile since I researched that but it was a big difference between the dried and regular cherries in how many you need to take for the same effect...glucosamine chondroitin and msm seem to help with inflammatory pain in joints. I noticed when I run out of my glucosamine I notice a definite difference in pain increase. Hope that helps.need to google anti inflammatory diet or something like that. I really try to watch my salt intake as it was super high...sodium is hidden in so many foods that I eat a lot...am trying to switch to low sodium whenever possible and checking labels more closely now and avoiding things with too much sodium or what seems to be a lot of sodium that I used to eat I just don't buy anymore...
that would not surprise me at all as I have many health problems due to inflammation including high blood pressure, uveitis in the eyes, edema behind both eyes, fibromyalgia and arthritis....I try to eat anti inflammatory foods often and take my blood pressure pill but it remains about the same usually around 150 over 90 on average and that is taking my bp prescription pill daily and lots of anti inflammatory supplements and foods....nothing seems to help....
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