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I am a 30-a-old, weigh 90 KGs, don't smoke, don't drink alcohol, was moderately active a few months ago (four to five mile runs, etc.).
However every-time I go to visit a doctor they say I have high blood pressure (generally 160) and jump straight away to put me on medication. And every time I take this medication I feel dizzy and fainting-like.
I checked my blood pressure at home myself using a cuff-device and generally get results between 117-130 SYS/mmHg, 77-89 DIA/mmHg and heart-rate 60-77 BPM). I have read online about some proper way to test for blood pressure including resting for 3-5 minutes before, sitting down, not talking, etc...
However all these "guidelines" are never abided to by doctors over here. I once had my blood pressure standing up, almost all doctors engage in conversation while taking the test, they never asked me to sit down for five minutes, etc...
Why I think I have blood pressure? Because I get this throbbing headaches every now and then with a feeling of pressure behind my eyes and I can feel a pulse in my neck and ears.
But then again whenever I take the very first doses of medication at 5mg such as Renil, I start to feel dizzy and almost faint, symptoms associated with low blood pressure. Also the side effects on the medicine is a bit worrying. With more then 1 in 10 experiencing dizziness and so, and 1 in 10 experiencing headaches, depression, diarrhea, nausea, etc... (and lets not get into the 1 in 100 and 1 in 1000 symptoms!).
So my point is I do not want to "take it just in case" as I believe it is not worth the risk. Then again if my blood pressure is actually high it is worth the risk.
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