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My high BP has been monitored since October last year - suffering pain on the right side of my head, headaches/feeling nauseaus in the morning/stiff neck and right shoulder. Changed my pillows etc., when I went to the GP he took a relatively high BP reading - suggested tablets. I said I would prefer to go down the alternative med. road trying to change everything about my life that could be factored into this problem. He agreed but I had to have BP taken at work by the nurse to monitor and if it became any higher I had to go back to him.
For 6 months I have changed so many things in my life outside of work. Changed my diet, reduced alcohol, increased exercise, started meditation, addressed anything that could cause me to be anxious and anything I was worrying about (which is very little). However, the only thing I cannot change is my job when I approached the subject with my MD (I am his PA and also Office Manager together with Events Co-ordinator and admin support to Business Development Team.. just a few jobs!! (historically when someone has left or made redundant they pass their job on to me).. I average 45hrs at work a week but this is a constant high pace and feel I am flying at 100miles an hour all day every day!! So, taking work into the equation I asked for assistance to take some of the pressure off this proved a fruitless request - there is no budget for an office junior. So, I carried on.
Thursday I felt very unwell (more so than usual) went to the nurse and my BP was up to 200/120 - startled she told me to go to the GP asap. I could see she was worried however, I tried not to share her reaction.
However, the realisation that if I don't do something radical now I won't need to worry about it anymore because I won't be here to worry about it kind of forced my had to go down the pharmaceutical route.
There is a lot of information here and a little bit of scaremongering... if I don't go on these tablets then I risk a stroke or heart attack or worse death. I am 48 with a beautiful 21 year old daughter, I have brought her up on my own and despite financial pressures have maintained my mortgage with very little outside help. I have always worked and I feel have a healthy diet and lifestyle prior to all of this.
The job stress factor I feel is a major factor in this happening to me and now I will change things. The MD is on vacation at the moment but when he is back I will be requesting an admin assistant with this help only will I remain in his employ. Without it I will hand my notice in and I will go temping. I am very good at my job and reliable - I may even consider going self employed. However, his choice.
I really just want to say if all else fails (I have a degree in health and this is honestly my last resort) trust me I have tried very hard to change my BP in alternative ways then to seek pharmaceutical help. Consider not seeking help.
Realistically, if I don't take these tablets now then I may have a stroke and worse die. Words one keeps to oneself - try saying them out loud and the realisation hits you and I am currently going through a very tearful time not least to see my girl crying with worry. So, hey yes there are side effects but with this drug we are still with our loved ones and enjoying life. I didn't expect this at 48 years old that's for sure.
I am happy to debate, chat to anyone.
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