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08-06-2008, 11:55 AM
I'm new here and saying hello. - I have a LOT of the symptoms of both Fibromyalgia and Lupus, but when I've gone to various doctors around here they get no further than my "high blood pressure" and won't look any further than that. They proceed to make me miserable for as long as I go to them, fussing at me about my "blood pressure" and foisting every hbp drug on me imaginable (with all sorts of horrible side effects). The hbp is the worst part of it, and if I could get that going right, I could live with the arthritic soreness (I use fish oil supplements and bone broth that helps that), and even the rashes are manageable. It's just that, with the blood pressure spiking, I get these crazy hot flashes and spells where my eyes go wonky and scare me silly, also with chills and dehydration symptoms. - Has anyone beat high blood pressure without drugs?
So, that's me. Can't get a diagnosis for lo, these many years, and can't afford the specialists with all their tests and drugs either. - No insurance. 62 years old, and hanging in there with God's help only.
Best wishes to all,
08-06-2008, 12:17 PM
Welcome to the forum. I am so sorry that you are having these problems with the doctors. I hear where you are comming from big time. I know it took me 16 years or more to get the doctors to listen to me and to even test me for Lupus and Fibro. It was unreal big time. I will be 50 in December. You will see a list of my illnesses with my signature and the medications that I am on. You need to see a Rheumatologist big time. Do you have Medicare? You can also contact the American Lupus Foundation as they may be able to help you locate a Rheumatologist in your area. As far as the HBP, I don't know what to tell you. I do not have that problem. There are others that come in here that are very knowledgeable in this area and they would be able to give you more information. I hope and pray that you get to see a Rheumatologist, because Lupus can be a very dangerous illness if left untreated. I nearly died before I got diagnosed at the age of 36. I had most of the symptoms that they listed and also the horrible night sweats etc. I hope that you keep posting. Saysusie is very very knowledgeable and she will probably see your post soon and will have some answers for you.
08-06-2008, 05:17 PM
Thanks for your reply. - Actually, I DID get an appointment with a rheumatologist a few years ago. It was sort of funny in a way. My husband took me there, and a few minutes before my appointment time, the doctor was called away on an emergency with a patient who had just been taken to the hospital. So, all that trouble for almost nothing. We did just happen to run into some relatives that we don't see very often in the waiting room and got to visit with them. To tell the truth, I took that as a sign that the Lord had some other plan for me that day, and I just rolled with the flow. - I'm afraid of all the slew of drugs I'm sure they will probably want to put me on. For now, I just take a very limited amount of blood pressure drugs.
I noticed an ad for a blood pressure exercise remedy at the bottom of this thread when I came back to it. I'm tempted to order it as it sounds really good. I have ordered just about everything imaginable in the way of a natural blood pressure remedy, so I'm about at the end of my rope as nothing has helped much. I keep telling myself that even counting up the cost of all the stuff I've ordered for blood pressure, it still wouldn't amount up to the cost of even one of the hospital visits and visits to the ER's over the years.
I know lupus, fibromyalgia and high blood pressure are all stress related diseases; but I just haven't found any way to get some of the people in my life off my case, though it has improved a lot. When I feel pretty good, too, I tend to overdo it and then all of a sudden, I pay for it big time. I've had to back off a lot of things, and sometimes people's expectations can almost be cruelly thoughtless - so we have to back off on our own even at the risk of upsetting someone's apple cart. - When they wear us out, they just move on to the next conscientious person willing to cater to their whims!
08-07-2008, 08:14 AM
The best thing that you can do to help control your blood pressure without medication is to get regular exercise and begin a low-sodium diet.
Our risk of high blood pressure (hypertension) increases with age, but getting some exercise can make a big difference. And since your blood pressure is already high, exercise can help you control it. Regular physical activity makes your heart stronger. A stronger heart can pump more blood with less effort. If your heart can work less to pump, the force on your arteries decreases, lowering your blood pressure.
Becoming more active can lower your systolic blood pressure — the top number in a blood pressure reading — by an average of 5 to 10 millimeters of mercury (mm Hg). That's as good as some blood pressure medications. For some people, getting some exercise is enough to reduce the need for blood pressure medication.
If your blood pressure is at a desirable level — less than 120/80 mm Hg — exercise can keep it from rising as you age. Regular exercise also helps you maintain a healthy weight, another important way to control blood pressure.
But to keep your blood pressure low, you need to keep exercising. It takes about one to three months for regular exercise to have an impact on your blood pressure. The benefits last only as long as you continue to exercise.
Reducing the amount of sodium in the diet can help bring blood pressure levels down. The recommended daily limit for the general public is only 2,400 milligrams. Someone with high blood pressure should consult a doctor to see how much sodium should be consumed daily. As a guide, however, 2,000 to 3,000 milligrams (2 to 3 grams) is enough.
A common dietary source of sodium is salt. Sodium is one of two minerals that make up salt (the other is chloride). One teaspoon of salt contains a whopping 2,300 milligrams of sodium&emdash;an entire day's supply! But sodium is also "hidden" in the diet in other foods, mainly processed and packaged foods.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has developed these definitions that appear on food packages to assist consumers watching their sodium intake:
"low sodium" means the food has 140 milligrams or less of sodium per serving
"very low sodium" means the food has 35 milligrams or less of sodium per serving
"salt-free" means the food has 5 milligrams or less of sodium per serving
"light in sodium" means the food has at least 50% less sodium than the original version of the food
"reduced sodium" means the food has at least 25% less sodium than the original version of the product.
I hope that this helps
Peace and Blessings