High blood pressure, or hypertension, puts stress on your heart, lungs, brain, kidneys, and blood vessels. The condition seldom leaves consistent clues, or symptoms.
Because the effects of high blood pressure can kill you, it’s sometimes labeled as a silent killer.
Some sufferers may complain of dizziness, headaches, blurred eyesight, and shortness of breath. And, they may feel nauseated which could lead to vomiting.
If they’re proactive by nature, they might seek medical advice and learn they have hypertension, an ailment for which there are treatment methods and medications. About High Blood Pressure Treatments
Four or five years ago, every time I went to the doctor, I had to wait around until my blood pressure lowered enough for them to release me to go home.
This scenario played on until my almost useless Doctor finally asked if I was taking over the counter meds.
Yup, guilty as charged, Oh Mighty Doctor Sir…
Medications Can Cause Blood Pressure Problems:
In order to sleep, I’d gotten into the habit of taking an allergy pill and a Tylenol most nights before bed.
The Doctor chewed me out a little around the edges, and told me to quit taking them! And to start taking, and recording, my blood pressure readings, four times daily. Blood Pressure Monitors
Long story short, I did as ordered. Turns out the over the counter meds were indeed upping my pressure readings. And, to my astonishment, trashing them solved that problem…
Flash forward to March of last year. I started having dizzy spells and shortness of breath.
Even passed out in the shower…
Because me and Mr MD were sorta on the outs (you can read about it here: How To Piss Off Your MD) I tend to indulge in some self-doctoring.
Figuring my problem could be blood pressure related, I started checking my readings, again.
Not only were my blood pressure levels all over the spectrum, my lower pressure readings (diastolic pressure) were consistently lower than the meat count in a can of franks and beans.
Naturally, my wife Treasa, forced me to call Dr ‘we’re on the outs’ office for an appointment.
Well, having grown up with four sisters and a smart as hell Mother, I do just about whatever any woman tells me. And, as Treasa’s suggestions are multiplied by the power of ten thousand or so, I called for a stinkin’ appointment.
Yet, upon hearing my symptoms, someone at the doctor’s office decided I must hit the local hospital’s emergency room, like… immediately.
At he hospital I was rushed through a bunch of tests, (meaning it took hours of waiting for a few minutes of actual testing).
I was also feed copious amounts of dope from bags hanging from chrome poles and was generally irritated by seemingly random pokings and proddings by a gaggle of people dressed in powder blue clothing.
I asked these people a lotta questions.
Yet, I really don’t have a clue of what they actually accomplished, except make me miss 2013’s NCAA men’s championship game between two of my all-time favorite college basketball teams, Louisville and Michigan!
The hospital visit was such a non-event for me that missing that playoff game is the about only thing I remember from my stay.”
Three days later I was back home with yet more stinking medications to choke down. (like my Mom, I have a life-long a-fib heart condition)
Under the right conditions, and circumstances, high blood pressure medications can work.
Yet, some Hypertension medications may cause side effects like:
- General tiredness
- Lightheaded, or dizzy
- Unusual urination
- Bloating, fluid retention
- Sexual dysfunction
- Abnormal heart beats, rhythms
Well, my new blood pressure medications made me sicker than a flaccid Charlie Sheen at a hookers ball.
But not in the manner you may have figured due to the Charlie Sheen reference. (Bless you Charlie for being such an easy off-sides target…)
Nope, my blood pressure was lower than ever, both upper and lower readings.
Being somewhat an adventurer, I considered my reading and said “the hell with it” stopped taking the new prescriptions.
I was feeling better within days. Almost black and white, with the difference in how I felt.
And, I’ve continued to feel better. Don’t ask me why, cause I don’t know. But I do have some ideas of why…
Which we’ll talk about in my follow-up post. See you then…