Post # 1
I went to my doctor again today for my usual blood pressure check since it’s been high for a while. It was 162/103, obviously really high, so my doctor decided to put me on medication. I’m kind of in disbelief. I’m 23. I know that I’m overweight, but I’d been eating better and lost 20 pounds. I still have more weight to lose, but I didn’t think that I would need medication for it this young. I’m pretty healthy all things considered. I was getting more active. Then, my toes started going numb, then half of my leg. They stayed numb and are still numb almost a month later. I let it go because, hey, I was on my feet 8 hours a day. I brought it up to my doctor today too and he said that I probably have nerve damage and it might be permanent. It’s frustrating. All of this happening at once.
The idea of taking pills for the rest of my life is kind of daunting too.
This is not really how I expected my Thursday to go.
Post # 3
That’s really a bummer :-/ It sounds like you’re making progress on your weight loss, and I’m glad you’re doing so under a doctors supervision.
Try not to get discouraged, sister!
Post # 4
Don’t get discouraged! You are doing so well with your weight loss and I’m sure your blood pressure will come back down. Keep your chin up!
Post # 5
I encourage you to watch “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead”. It’s a documentary that focuses on the overmedication and unneccessary medical conditions of many westerners. It opened my eyes.
Post # 6
@SouthernGirl: It is a bummer but do take medication religiously. Hypertension ( high blood pressure) isn’t called the silent killer for nothing.
You already have symptoms at such a young age. You don’t want things getting worse leading to heart, kidney and blood vessel problems .
Post # 7
@SouthernGirl: That sucks – I’m sorry to hear that. But if you continue to stay active, you should be able to reduce your BP naturally – do not resign yourself to just taking pills. A healthy lifestyle should reverse your BP readings.
Post # 8
A life changing documentary.
@SouthernGirl: Best of luck to you! I encourage you to go a natural route instead of taking pills. Or maybe start taking the pills and slowly wean yourself off of them the healthier you get.
Losing weight doesn’t (always) equal health. You can cut calories and lose weight even though you still eat junk (not saying this is you!). Really take a look at what you’re eating and try to fit some more cardio into your routine. Eat more greens and white meat/fish.
You can do it!
Post # 9
@Fluffmallow: I have seen it too! I even started juicing daily!
Post # 10
@badabing88: I’m working on it. When they weighed me today I’d lost 4 more pounds. Which is good. I’ve just kind of hit a plateau on my weight loss.
@arsing89: That’s what I’m hoping, that maybe I won’t need it forever.
@Fluffmallow: I’ve watched it. I tried the juice reboot and all and I still have high blood pressure.
@julies1949: I know… I’m glad I went ahead and started seeing someone for it now rather than later.
Post # 11
Do you have a lot of stress, anxiety? Not saying you were mis-diagnosed but just trying to eliminate other possibilities.
I have white coat hypertension (I was diagnosed) and mine can get as high as yours with a severe panic attack at the doctors. It quickly goes back down at the end of the appt, and is also ALWAYS 120/80 or BELOW at home.
Do you have a home monitor?
I brought my monitor in to show my doctor all of the normal results last year, and sure enough she agreed.
Post # 12
@SouthernGirl: Will you not be able to stop taking the pills once you lose weight and get your blood pressure under control?
Please don’t be discouraged! I have several friends that had similar wake up calls about their health at a young age, and they’re all very healthy and active now in their mid-to-late 20s. My doctor gave me some frank advice about my health last year as well, and that really opened my eyes about size =/= health. I was very skinny but very unhealthy. Today, I have gained some inches (muscle) and lead a healthy active lifestyle. I LOVE IT! I’m so full of energy and have gone from being a couch potato all my life to absolutely craving exercise.
Post # 13
@MichiganGirl24: In this case, I’m just going to take the pills and keep doing what I’ve been doing. If the doctor says that I can wean off later, then I will. I’ve seen too many people just stop taking their meds without consulting their doctors and end up worse for it later. We’ve been checking my blood pressure for a few weeks now, so I didn’t just walk in today and leave with pills. I also do lots of cardio, love greens and lean meats.
Post # 14
@SouthernGirl: *HUGS* Sorry you’re having a bad day, but it sounds like you’re on the right track to getting healthier. My uncle has high blood pressure (I think he takes coumadin) and was diagnosed a while back. I remember he had weird tingliness in his feet and the doctor told him the same thing about the nerve damage, but he got all the feeling back after 6 months of exercise and eating well. Hopefully, if you keep doing what you’re doing things will go back to normal soon.
Post # 15
Don’t be discouraged – you’ve been doing so well, and it’s entirely possible that you won’t need the meds forever! You’re on the right track. 🙂
Both my parents and at least one grandparent has blood pressure issues – my parents are both on medication for it. I’ve started exercising very regularly to avoid the same fate, so I hear ya!
Post # 16
@BellaDee: I don’t have an issue with doctors, so it’s not stress related. I do have a home monitor, and even if I check it shortly after waking up it’s high. I checked it this morning before I went to the doctor, had it checked twice while at the doctor, at then I checked it again when I got home. It was all about the same, just s difference of 1 or 2 points. I’ve been checking it at home before I go since I’ve been seeing him and taking the results with me.
@letigre: The doctor seems to think so, unless it’s not directly related to weight and is just something that I have. My mom is perfectly healthy and has had to take blood pressure medication for over 20 years.
@housebee: I’m supposed to go see a neurologist in a few weeks to have some nerve conductivity tests done, so hopefully things will get better. It really sucks not being able to feel your feet.