Janet F. Caires-Lesgold (jfc013) wrote in sv_pause,
Janet F. Caires-Lesgold

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In the midst of some other medical stuff this year, it has been discovered that my blood pressure is a lot higher than it's supposed to be. (I hadn't gone to doctors for YEARS before this.) I'm 46, and I don't think the BP is related to the other problems. All I know about hypertension is watching my mom take daily drugs for years, and her never having any medicine in the house *I* can take for headaches, colds, etc. Does anybody on the list medicate for hypertension, and have they changed the drugs so one can actually pop an ibuprofen once a month or so? (I cannot take aspirin, and Tylenol is about the same as TicTacs to my cramps.) My deciding to approach my dr. about doing anything about it hangs on your reply!
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Well, I take atenolol for hypertension, and I never hesitate to also take OTCs. I don't know that it really makes a lot of difference - I suppose if I was downing a zillion allergy tabs or something, but I can't really see how an Ibuprofen is going to hurt you - its a blood thinner, as is aspirin, and should actually keep your pressure down. Your mom was probably staying away from the ingredient in most allergy and sinus tabs that stops the sneezing, itching, watery eyes, etc., which can raise BP in some people, but not the actual pain reliever.
Good to know! Thanks for your input!
Well, I obviously don t know all the details of your dr. appt, but it is impossible to diagnose hypertenison from one or two high BP readings. Your BP needs to be monitored over a period of time, as BP changes constantly. I normally have a 118/70 reading, but for some odd reason it shot up to 220/110 for a short period of time, and it re-adjusted without medication. Are you sure you have hypertension or could it be high due to other aspects in your life (stress, diet etc.)?
My diet's been the same for decades, if not healthier now. I hadn't had it checked for several years, and now instead of being low, as it used to be, I keep registering medium- to very high. I think the lowest reading I've gotten since I first went to the doctor this spring was 130 over something (at my parents' house on their electronic sphyg). Last night, when I was pretty mellow, it was 169 over 94. I dunno what's gone awry...
well, 130 is not bad for your age depending on the diastolic reading. It would be a good idea to buy a bp kit and monitor your bp at home over a period of time. Stage 1 hypertension is usually diagnosed when the bp is 140-159 or the distolic 90-99 (consistantly).

You can also have a doctor monitor your bp over several days (they hook you up in the office and then monitor you over a computer while you go about your day).

I am not a big fan of medicating and I think doctors tend to perscribe hbp medication way too quickly. Maybe check out the monitoring process, and then when you are sure you need it, you can discuss medicating with your doctor.