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BACCHICAL posted:
Hello, I wonder if anyone else out there is having problems controlling their blood pressure even with multiple medicines and no co-morbid conditions. I have a 0.3 Clonidine skin patch, I take an additional 0.1 orally, plus Nifedipine 30 mg, Diovan 160 mg, Carvedilol 25 mg twice a day, and Hydralyzine 50 mg 4 times a day. I also take 81 mg aspirin daily. Nevertheless, my BP is rarely under 130/85 and it spikes to upwards of 180/110. My diet is absolutely healthful all cooked at home from scratch without any sodium, and I weigh 110 pounds. I have no other diseases, except that now as result of 30 years combating high blood pressure my kidneys are moderately damage. Started presenting albuminuria two months ago.
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billh99 responded:
My only suggestion is to look for a hypertension specialist.

http://www.ash-us.org/HTN-Specialist/HTN-Specialists-Directory.aspx

Or contact a local medical school.
 
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Ruthmarie2 responded:
I've been on a very low dose of Norvasc since 1997. I walk a mile and a half almost daily, exercise on the ellipital for 20 minues daily and do about 30 minutes of other exercises. My blood pressure readings were usually around 120/67 to 132/71. Last Sept. I was busy purchasing a house out of state and packing for the upcoming move. I allowed myself to miss many of my daily exercises. And I stopped taking my BP readings at home. By Jan 2012 when I started taking the BP again, I was shocked to find my blood pressure was in the 150's to the mid 170's... at first I blamed the stress from all the moving and geting settled. So I tried meditation daily, kind of...it still didn't go down enough. Last month I decided I had to get back to walking even though my neighborhood has no sidewalks and is very hilly. One hill is almost .4 mile going up the whole way. I turned around and went the other direction and now come down that part of my walk. , After three weeks I'm happy to report that my BP is now from the 120/67 to the 130/70's. My pulse rate is almost always in the 60's. Don't ever forget the power of a simple walk,, even if you have to go to the mall to do it. Today I will start back on the ellipital also and add more strength exercises. Yes...I have to convince myself some days to go but I always feel better after I walk. I walk at least 4 times a week and many weeks I walk seven times. I know the more I exercise the better my reading will be. I also record the date, time and readings and have for years. For me, exercise is better than adding more medications that my body wasn't built for. Best of luck to you...but move a little bit more than you usually do each day and see if your BP readings improve too.
 
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Ruthmarie2 replied to Ruthmarie2's response:
I forgot to tell you I'm 78 and looking forward to 150....
 
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snixchance responded:
I've got it too. How do you stay awake with all of those meds? I just give up and take enough so I don't get headaches. I am going on 61 and longevity is not in my family, so I just go on as best as I can.

Do you sweat allot also? You might want to be screened to see if you have a Pheochromocytoma. It is a tumor on the Adrenal Gland and that causes extreme high blood pressure and terrible sweating. They diagnose this by a CT scan. Check it out and let me know if you have any luck.

snixchance@gmail.com
 
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Zola123 responded:
I've been working on my hypertension for about twelve years. Personally, I found the following paperback book to be very
interesting and meaningful.


"Healing Hypertension" by Samuel J. Mann, M.D., (Wiley). It's available, new and used, at Amazon and other booksellers, for around $14 or less.


I have no connection with the book, the author or the publisher. The entire book is about the connection between resistant hypertension and old, repressed negative emotions - not daily stress. Dr. Mann does nothing but treat hypertension and the book explores the insight he's gained from his medical practice.


Hope this helps!


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