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I am an opera singer and live in Corfu. Every year I do around 160 shows during summer in various hotels on the island with my crossover group.
I am 49 years old and was diagnosed with hypertension in 2012. Since then I have taken 30mg of Adalat CR (slow release) successfully. Last year in November my cardiologist added Co-Approvel 300mg (in winter) and 150mg (in summer) to the mix and told me to take the Adalat twice daily. My BP is normally then around 120/80.
During the hot Corfu summer I really started to experience problems with this combo. I was continuesly tired and dizzy. Sometimes the BP would spike after shows (180/110). Other times it would drop to 110/60. So during the whole summer concert season I was micromanaging my blood pressure.
When the season however recently started to change into autumn, I started to experience extreme fatigue. My blood pressure shoots up to 150/90 if I walk from the bedroom to the kitchen and falls rapidly when I sit down. My pulse, which is normally between 60 and 70 will shoot up to 80 or 90 and then comes down again when I rest.
Today, because of the colder weather I have taken 300 mg of Co-Approvel and it just makes me feel dizzy and jittery.
About ten days ago I also started to have a kidney infection that I need to take antibiotics for at the moment. At first my BP was (probably because of the infection) low at night. Twice 80/49. Today it was high again, hence the fact that I took the double dosage.
I am totally at a loss. Right now my BP reading is 122/86.
In the last two weeks I had blood tests and saw a cardiologist who did a ECG and heart sonar. All fine. He could not explain my fatigue and BP fluctuation. Maybe I am just overworked? I took off from work for ten days but I don't seem to improve. Plus I am on my second five day course of antibiotics for the kidneys that, at times, really hurt.
Hope there is someone out there that can help.
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