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I have had problems with stress induced high blood pressure for years. In general, my blood pressure stays about 130/80 give or take 10 points. Only when I am anxious or in the doctor's office does it go up. Even then, it doesn't stay up. She will check me at the beginning of an appointment and it will be high (160/110, 170/115) and then by the end it will be back down to normal as I am about to walk out the door.
This past week I got another white coat reading so she upped my blood pressure medication. I am currently on Diltiazem 120mg once a day prescribed for ectopic heartbeats that cause me anxiety even though they have been verified by three different cardiologists as being benign.
She did briefly put me on Lisinopril, 5mg once a day a few years ago along with the DIltiazem, but it started making me feel run down and I stopped. This past week, the number in her office was high and I got a high reading at home. So my anxiety kicked in and I went in gung ho with the desire to lower my blood pressure.
I took 5mg of Lisinopril twice a day for a week along with my Diltiazem (all the while my average blood pressure was still in the 130/80 range.) After about a week things started to falter.
On Monday, I had a woozy spell in which I almost passed out and decided I had to ween myself off of them. I called the doctor and told her I couldn't take the dose any more. She allowed me to stop taking it, but said if my blood pressure went back up I'd need to go back on it (but she advised a lower dose.)
In the last four days, I have experienced some odd sensations. Tuesday and Wednesday were the worst in general with my days spent feeling weak and fatigued. My arms and legs had a feeling about them that I would describe as someone had spent too much time in the gym working out even though all I had done is my standard aerobic workout.
Yesterday and today were better overall, but smaller things crept in that caused me a lot of anxiety and depression. I have noticed throughout the week, if I start to get hungry I will get weak and my ectopic heartbeats will begin. They get worse until I eat something and then they tend to improve, but the anxiety remains with me.
It's actually worse mentally today and yesterday since I thought I was improving then turned around and had to deal with this feeling again.
A friend of mine reminded me that I also started reducing my sodium to under 2,000mg a day. She said it is possible I have given myself an electrolyte imbalance of some sort since I have heard Lisinopril can mess with that. There is also the idea that it could bother my blood sugar.
So altogether, at this point I don't know if I'm having spells in which my blood pressure is too low, my electrolytes are messed up, my sugar is off kilter, or if this is just a lot of anxiety that's causing a boat load of problems. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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