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Hi Everyone. New to the forum. Been hypertensive for a few years now (I'm 58). I've been taking Ramipril and Amlodipine for four months and I stopped taking Amlodipine today. I've been monitoring my BP (currently around 150/85) and plan to phone the GP tomorrow to speak to the nurse practitioner whom I see for my BP and asthma.
The reason I stopped taking them is that I've had constant and worsening pain in my left elbow and right knee for the past couple of months. It's got to the stage that I can barely lift a coffee mug with my right hand it is so weak, shaky and painful. I also hobble like an old man when I stand up and walk. My feet are swollen and painful. I am extremely fatigued - to the extent that I've fallen asleep at work several times a day for the last week.
I've had enough. I can't live like this. The last time this was discussed the NP said their was no alternative to Amlodipine except diuretics. There must be something???
My questions are:
A) has anyone else experienced joint pain/stiffness and/or weakness in the limbs?
B) is there an alternative to Amlodipine I can take with Ramipril?
Many thanks in anticipation.
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