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After a visit to local Pharmacy to check cholesterol and blood sugar (back in April), I was told my blood pressure was very high and I should go see a doc as soon as possible which I did (cholesterol and blood sugar were fine).
At the time, my doctor said my BP was high at around 170/90 which was similar to the pharmacy readings and put me on 20mg of Olmersartan per day. Anyway, I decided to make some lifestyle changes and have lost 10kg since May (I am well over weight) and I continue with my change in eating habits to hopefully get down more weight. Anyway, after a recent visit to the doctor for pulsatile tinnitus (which is scary but turned out to be hardened wax which needed unblocked), my doctor checked my BP and said it was still high at 166/90 and then said I needed to double my Olmersartan dose to 40mg a day to get it under control. However, I explained to him that I read my BP at home regularly and most of the time it is around 125/80 altho it has gone up to 150/90 the odd time but he said it should still not go up to 166/90.
So after some research I am now finding out that my arthritis medication has a side affect of high BP and also Ibuprofen. The same doctor prescribed arthritis medication (diclofenac) which seems strange when he was also given me Olmersartan to reduce BP. My doctor also kept saying Olmersartan 40mg per day is a small dose which I am not sure is true?
So, to my question, have any of you guys used natural remedies to get BP down? For the last 4 days I have stopped taken diclofenac and Ibuprofen (I was taken them alternatively) and I had already started taken magnesium citrate about a week ago which I read helps lower BP. Now I have started to use more ginger, garlic and cayenne pepper in my cooking which are all suppose to help. I have also read so much about Turmeric (and Curcumin) and how strong it is as a anti-inflammatory so will be starting to use that in cooking. I started taken a curcumin supplement (anti-inflammatory) as well to replace diclofenac/Ibuprofen with it and see how it works out.
My BP is now 109/66 so not sure which is kicking in first, maybe the higher dose of Olmersartan but wondering if some of the other changes. Anyway, I am now worried with so many changes will my BP drop too low? My BP readings are starting to average around 110/70 but I am frightened it will drop too low as I only made changes around 5 days ago so sure some of the changes I have made have not kicked in yet.
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