(Closed) I'm 23 and I have to start taking blood pressure medication.

posted 4 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
4525 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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
2420 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

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
994 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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
45649 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@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
2573 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@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
2157 posts
Buzzing bee

@Fluffmallow:  +1

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
1252 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Fluffmallow:  I have seen it too! I even started juicing daily! 

Post # 11
4433 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

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
3221 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

@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 # 14
8469 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@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
1312 posts
Bumble bee

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!

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