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I'm a 33 yr. old female that discovered over a month ago, at the doctor's office, that my blood pressure was elevated at 135/92. My doc didn't even bat an eye at it, but I freaked out! I've never had a blood pressure issue in my life, while it runs heavily in my family. I'm pretty lean. About 133lbs at 5'6", but I've had a laxative addiction for about 14+ yrs. Just before all this happened I had decided to take myself off the laxatives cold turkey. A few weeks prior to that I stopped drinking Starbuck's Refresher Energy drinks cold turkey as well. My doctor attributed my high blood pressure to the stress of quitting such harsh substances all at once, and gave me 2 weeks to see if my bp would come down. Well I succeeded in blowing it up to crazy high numbers just worrying about having high blood pressure, and worrying that the family curse caught me. I take my bp every 15 mins. I even take my bp device to work.
I've been put on 5 mg amplodipine and 37.5-25 triamterene-hct which, has my ankles and feet swollen, and my hair combing out by the handfuls. This was my biggest fear that I would have to start meds and lose my hair and have other awful side effects. I asked my doc if I would be on this crap forever. She said we'll see, but it does run in your family. Not very hopeful. My blood pressure has been staying around 109-120/72-86ish like it use to be, but I really want off the meds now. When I'm at the doc's office I always read 140/80ish because I'm sooo nervous about the reading they might get. At this point I don't know if I have true genetic high blood pressure, anxiety, or if I did this to myself with the potent laxatives and energy drinks I had been taking. The laxative I was using was Concentrated Milk of Magnesia. It was made to use only half the dose. I was turning the bottle up like a drink, never measuring, every single day. I have no idea how much salt is in that stuff. I have heart palpatations whenever I lye down for bed, or upon standing. I can tell when my blood pressure is rising because, I'll have like an electrical current or pulsating running up behind my ears/neck. I'm trying to seek help from an eating disorder clinic but, I never thought I was going to have to deal with high blood pressure too. I already have horrible constipation, and the bp meds is making it far worse. Any thoughts or advice? I don't know what to do
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