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Tuesday, January 03, 2017

So, I had a scope done recently and was determined to have a large esophogeal hernia.

But I have been dealing with high blood pressure.
For years.
Keep in mind, when reading on, that I have a malabsorption disorder, I have had this since I had my gallbladder removed years ago.
My body doesnt absorp some medications or vitamins properly.
Which lead to my having a vitamin d def, and breaking my foot in 2013, which is when this was all diagnosed.
So, some of the medications I take are much higher doses than what might be prescribed to others.
But just recently, possibly due to some stressful events in my life over the last couple of months, things are worse.
I seen the surgeon, on Dec 23rd, and my bp was extremely high, she wanted me to go straight to the cardiologist that day.
I didnt go.
I was told on the phone by his ofice that I would probably be sent directly to the ER.
My question was, why couldnt she administer some bp meds, and let me wait awhile then recheck my bp??
Which is all they would have done at the ER. The cardiologist wouldnt have done anything other than prescribe new meds and have me come back.
Which is what ended up happening. I was given a clean bill of heart health in August.
Stress test was good.
Echo was good,
What was her point in sending me to the Cardiologist?
She had not listened with her stethsocope to my heart or done anything other than a bp check.
She just said that until my bp is better controlled, she couldnt consider surgery.

So, the cardiologist called in new bp meds, and is having me monitor my bp daily until Jan 20th when I go back to see him.

I feel ok, I am walking again as much as I can and eating healthier again.
I do NOT eat any added sodium, and try to check foods for sodium content when I buy them.
Cutting back on caffeine, although, I have had no heart palps or anything out of the ordinary.
Other than the increased bp.
After a week on the new meds, it hasnt changed alot.
Bottom number stays higher than normal.
Doing all I can and following doctors orders.

I am up about 8 lbs from where I was.
But I am not worried about that. I am focusing on my health at this point and doing the best I can to reduce stress and be healthier in this new year.
Hope to have better news to report soon,
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    The medical dance can be very frustrating! It does take some time to get the right combination of medicines to control BP. Mine was fine for years, and then blip- Still working on regaining that.

    Keep doing what you can do, and hang in there. emoticon
    1393 days ago
  • GORDON66
    These days defensive medicine is the norm, so doctor's tend to recommend aggressive treatment. They don't want to be sued. Hopefully, your cardiologist can prescribe a medication(s) that will bring your blood pressure down. Take care!


    1393 days ago
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