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Hello This is my first post. I am a 62 year old male. Not sure this is the right thread since it is more about hypertension. I was in good shape in November and now everything is changed. I was working with weights 4 times a week. eating relatively health, but not perfectly. I was trying to cut down all my sugar, eat more protein, veggies and fruit. I never took any pharmaceuticals not even asprin, but suplements such as vit C, D, probiotics, cranberry (for prevent recurrance of urinary infection).
Then all changed. I was going into my medical exam for my immigration to Canada. I went through a wicked blizzard to get there. But they found my PB systolic 155. I have been fighting to get my residency in Canada and living with my wife like a refuge for 12 years here in Canada. I went to check my BP in a drug store and now it was 168 range and I was told to get help. So after Christmas parties which I hate I had and argument with my wife and a night or insomnia. The next day I had BP over 200. SO the emergency doctor gave me ativaan and amlodipine. I thought I had better take it. So he told me to find a family doctor. I did and the night before my appointment I look down and there is an inguinal hernia!! Now I though I was screwed.
The doctor did not even care about the hernia, he just said when you get your insurance you can get it fixed just were a belt. At 62 working in the steel shops I was ready to quit. But I found a comfortable belt.
Now I can only walk to detress. The doctor had me taking my BP three times a day and I was going into an anxiety spiral. My blood work showed no problem with my cholesterol, lipids or diabetes, so I assume the stress was doing it.
I wanted to chuck the BP machine and the amlodipiine made me feel like another person. Dizzy, depressed, out of it. I gave it up and stopped taking the BP readings for 4 days hoping meditation and other things might resolve it. But no I have constant ringing in my ears and growing insomnia problems. I have to take epsom salt bathes and meditate. But the last time I went to the doctor I told him I wanted a new BP med so I am on my 2 day of Valsartan and BP is around 170 /98 range. But I am having poor sleep or no sleep. The doctor offered some psychotropic drugs but since my goal was to stay off pharmaceuticals I said no thanks. I don't want to get hooked on a bunch of pills that can hurt me! i JUST WANT TO GET TO THE CORE OF THE ANXIETY PROBLEM, GET MY BP DOWN AND HAVE MY HERNIA FIXED.... I SO MISS BEING ACTIVE IT IS LITERALLY KILLING ME ( I LOST 25 LBS IN A MONTH) I am in a vicious cycle now. an allopath being pressured into being a pill popper. IS there a way out of this dead end??}
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