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Cyclical Hypertension
crpalmer posted:
So, I've posted in the past, but I'm still having troubles. I've been dealing with hypertension for 5-6 years now (I'm 20, so it started pretty young). At the time, and up until about 6 months ago, I weighed approx. 250 at 5'9". I was first diagnosed with hypertension my sophomore year of high school, and went on Lisinopril, which lowered my bp enough that in May of my senior year I was completely off medication. My doctor advised me to loose weight through diet and exercise, but no matter what I did (I was an athlete growing up and into high school), the weight never came off. Then about halfway through my freshman year in college my bp spiked even higher than before, and in a very short time (went from normal to around 160/100 in under a month and a half). I switched physicians at this time, and was diagnosed with PCOS. On New Years Day this year, my bp peaked at 216/124. I was referred to an Endocrinologist who diagnosed me with Metabolic Syndrome/Insulin Resistance and started me on a new medication in addition to the 2 bp meds I was already on. My bp started coming down, and I started loosing weight for the first time.

I am now in my sophomore year in college, and once again my bp has started spiking (it now averages around 140/105 while on 1 med). At the same time, I have dropped 50lbs, and I exercise more and eat better than before, so I don't understand why my bp would be going up. What could cause this kind of cyclical hypertension? (Oh, and I have an appt with my endocrinologist on Monday). Thanks!

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