BP ALways High at GP and Hospital but not at Home

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I have been taking Enalapril 5mg for 6 years I am 58 years old... Called in for annual review at my GP's and BP was up 146/86 returned following week saw Nurse BP 150/86! Referred me to GP gave me another 2.5mg (now 7.5mg) returned this week BP 160/90......... Have been given Amlodipine 5mg to add to the other BP Med well I tried to tell my GP of over 20 years that it was not that reading at my home just 15 minutes before and now having read up on all the negative side effects I am VERY VERY Worried as to start the new meds sad My readings at home are always between 130/75 GP has asked me to record my readings for a whole week and see him next week I REALLY DONT WANT TO START THE AMLODIPINE have I got the right to refuse neutral

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    annie please try and not worry too much because that will raise your BP potassium level are up and down all the time when you try a new med sometimes it will rise a lot and some times it can drop a lot, hence the need for blood tests when changing meds , if it have risen too much they will take you off the new med and sometimes follow through with another blood test, potassium levels are very important . I am sure they will quickly get it back under control. but its very important for you not to panic all the very best.... len 7
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    Thanks for everyones good wishes.

    Len 7 I have tried not to worry but of course I have been. Anyway had my ECG lunchtime (realy tense) and Dr was there to look at the result. He said it was okay. He told me to continue with doxizison and cut back on foods high in potassium. Did not know why levels high but said that when I see specialist next week they may want to repeat some of the tests. SO greatly relieved ECG ok but very worried about high potassium reading. I have been on this new med. for almost 2 weeks now.

    Mrs O. I can only reiterate what my gp said re kidney function. He showed me my record showing functioning 90% last May, but recently showing 81% then 68% and lower. Therefore the fact it now showed back up to 73% was a positive going in the right direction.

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    Hi Annie

    So glad that your ECG proved normal. As Len said, it's best to try not to worry as stress will only aggravate BP.

    With regard to your kidney function being described in percentages whereas mine is always given as an eGFR reading, an eGFR of 90 and above is supposed to be the normal reading, with anything below being recorded as different stages of Chronic Kidney Disease down to Stage 5. So if we take the normal figure of 90 and halve it to 45 then that would be a 50% reduction. So if your function is being shown at 73% now then I would assume that to equate to around an eGFR of 67. Aging people with an eGFR of 60+ are not usually diagnosed as having CKD. Hopefully this means that your kidney function at 73% is fine?

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    You have the right to inform your GP that you hasve no wish to take this and tell them your reservations..

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