My blood pressure very high what do you take for it??

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by campbeck97, Jun 2, 2010.

  1. campbeck97

    campbeck97 New Member

    Hi All. how many have high blood pressure along with fibro? my b/p has really been all over the place lately. 106/59- 185/87 or anywhere inbetween. I am taking 25 mg tenormin twice daily but really not controlling it. I am very stressed all the time(no real reason) and have anxiety/panic disorder along with type 2 diabetes, fibro, hypothyroid and several other health problems.I have a very hard time taking any new meds almost impossible for me to do. dont trust the drugs, drs, pharmacys etc.Im a mess and I know it. The fibro has made me a totally different person, i used to be a Normal person, mother, nurse , wife you know "normal" now im just a damn mess. Thanks for listening andf if anyone knows anything safe to take to lower my blood pressure id sure appreciate any help,I sure dont need to have a stroke or a heart attack from this high blood pressure ive been having.God bless each of you!
  2. quanked

    quanked Member

    I have taken many. I am not sure I can recall all of their names.

    I use to take Tenormin may years ago. I took Lopressor and it worked great but I got a cough (one of the side effects) so had to stop--this was also years ago.

    I currently take--I have to go look, what a memory--Tekturna HCT, Amlodipine and Diovan. I was taking 4 meds but dropped one. I cannot recall the name. I took one drug and HCT for many years until about 18 months ago. Then my bp just went wild.

    One day at the drs. office my reading was so high that they would not let me leave until they brought it down. I took 2 or 3 meds (one at a time) and one worked a little. At this point she sent me to a heart specialist. I was there for hours and my arm was black and blue from all of the pressure checks.

    The specialist is the one who put me on the Tekturna. My bp improved but it is still on the high side. Last reading was 146/89.

    The last time I went to the specialist's office the nurse checked my bp. I was with her for 2 or 3 minutes. I was charged well over $200.00. I will not be going back. I did not see any dr. much less my own. I can do my own bp check.

    I am trying to remember the name of the last bp med I took. It worked for so many years.

    There are so many meds. for bp. The one I took that worked had a side effect of gum and tongue swelling. My dentist diagnosed it as lichen planus--not only did I have the swelling but sores and lots of pain at different times. I rarely have this problems anymore and if I do it is very mild compared to what it was in the past. I took it because it worked. Once it stopped working I was thrilled to stop it.

    Sounds like you need to try a new med or meds.

    I empathize with your distrust of drs., drugs and pharmacies. Somehow these service providers do not often live up to what we are led to expect by the media and society in general. I have yet to find a pharmacist that lives up to the supportive, knowledgable and helpful individual that is portrayed in TV commercials.

    I have had a couple of fabulous MDs. At times I have considered moving to Missoula just to have my old doc. Unfortunately, that would take too much effort and energy : )
  3. SnooZQ

    SnooZQ New Member

    I'm sorry to hear about your situation.

    As you probably know, hyperglycemia can cause elevated BP. So work hard to keep your sugars in the normal range. But don't let them get too low -- hypoglycemia can also trigger spiked BP via adrenal feedback loop & cortisol spike, and hypoG symptoms can be masked by the beta blocker you take.

    Have you been tried on any diuretics? If you don't tolerate the pills, try eating lots of celery, a natural diuretic. Raw or lightly sauteed is best.

    Are you able to exercise at all? Walk a bit each day? It's good for just about everything ...

    How's the diet? Are you getting plenty of potassium in veg, calcium & magnesium? Those minerals are critical for natural BP control. The cal & mag are also helpful for anxiety issues. Keep your sodium intake modest.

    Have you had a full round of thyroid eval? Free T3, Free T4 and thyroid antibodies are very important tests for someone with your slate of symptoms. Adequate levels of thyroid hormone are very helpful for BP homeostasis, IME. When thyroid hormone levels are too low, the adrenals try to compensate for the situation by excreting extra adrenaline & cortisol at times, leading to BP spikes & hyperglycemic episodes.

    If you are not currently happy with conventional medicine, consider working with a naturopath to stabilize your BP. If that is unobtainable for you, do as much research as you can on alternative health methods of improving BP. A few of them I've listed here, but there are many others.

    Best wishes.
  4. AuntTammie

    AuntTammie New Member

    in addition to the potassium and magnesium that others have mentioned (& which are very important), CoQ10 is good, as is keeping your sodium intake down.....also celery and beet juice are two thigns that have been shown to be helpful for lowering blood pressure (beets in general are supposed to be helpful, but the juice is best)
  5. bigmama2

    bigmama2 New Member

    jam- i thought you took blood pressure medication. did you stop taking it?

  6. spacee

    spacee Member

    Is used by Dr. Cheney. He likes to use several things in lower doses to get the
    synergy effect.

    You can get it at Walmart or GNC.

    I have used both. Lean towards Walmart's brand. I take it twice a day and DH
    does too.

  7. emah

    emah Member

    My bp was running over 200/100 and one dr (Dr. Stupid) told me I was not in stroke terriorty. Fortunately I have a new and a good dr. Part of the reason she believes my bp was so high is genetics (both parents had high bp) and because of all the pain I was in..

    I now take Nifedical XL and Triamt/hctz to help keep my potassium in check. They are working, thank goodness. I am also on an anti-anxiety med and I try to stay calm which is easier said than done because I have just reached the end of my patience with the pain, lack of sleep, and fatigue but I'm working on it.