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Two and a half months ago, I found out my bp was 135/92 at a doc visit. I've never had a bp issue in my life. I freaked out, started obsessing over it and then my bp begain to see saw. Sometimes it would spike as high as 178/112, w/ a headache, then quickly come down to maybe 116/88. HBP runs in my family so I guess I've finally come down with it too at 33 yrs. old. I've been on bp meds for 2 months now. I tried splitting the pills seeing if my bp would hold on its own, as it was staying around 110/76ish. Within a week it started see sawing again . I put myself back on the full meds and now my bp can be anywhere from 97/60 - 116/83ish. Everyone thinks I'm suffering stress/anxiety about having hbp, and being on these awful meds which is causing hair loss and swollen ankles. I've been told by friends I should talk to a cardiologist about my hbp, and choices for better meds as a specialist would be better at this than a GP. Especially since in the past 2 months I quit a very potent saline laxative that I was using for the past 4 yrs., and energy drinks. I've already had an EKG done at my doc office, which came back normal. So should I really be talking to a cardiologist? I don't want to offend my regular doc. She's aware of my ankle swelling, and gave me a water pill to take in conjunction. It's just making me pee a lot on top of everything else. I just don't want to go through 50 bad experiences before I get to the right one. Should I give my doc a chance or just skip all the "guessing" she's going to do, and see someone who deals with this specific thing every single day?
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