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21 years of age and female.
Recently diagnosed with HBP after weeks of suffering through a strange, tightening headache, dizziness, and mild visual disturbances. My highest systolic reading was 159 and my highest diastolic reading was 110. Although I average about the 130s/90s. My heart rate is also high. Highest was 151. HBP does run in the family, so 9/10 this is hereditary.
My cardiologist got me started on metoprolol succinate er 25mg, but it doesn't seem to be working much. Some of the dizziness is mitigated, but the blood pressure (and heart rate) are still high and I still get dizzy spells and headaches. Last reading was 142/108. What in the hell is going on with that bottom number.
The last couple of months was ER time for me (I also have Pericarditis). I've been to the ER so many times, the doctors don't even hook me up to a monitor anymore or perform en EKG or draw my blood. But I had a CT scan done a couple days ago. All clear. Currently waiting for an MRI appointment.
I'm very worried about my future. I know at this rate, damage to the arteries has taken place. Especially with that bottom number. With this constant headache I'm afraid of a TIA or worse. Moving around the house seems to trigger the symptoms as well. Walking around is ok, but once, I had chest pain that last for hours. I saw my cardiologist the next day and nothing picked up on the EKG (except for Pericarditis), so I think I'm good. I am due for another ECHO in the next three weeks as well. Since then, however, I've been too scared to exercise (I wonder if I even can given the bottom number). I've instantly made some dietary changes though.
Problem is, I also have GAD and depression.
Does anybody have some experiences they'd like to share? And perhaps, what medication is best to manage this? I'm very worried about what may lie ahead for me soon. I try my hardest to relax, but at times, I feel like giving up completely.
I mean... would I even make it to 30?
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