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Old 02-27-2016, 14:54   #1
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Hi Friends, Am turning here because this is the only place i feel people understand me. I am 25, T2 diagnosed last august. Since I got diagnosed I have been on Glucophage 500 mg x2 which was not working for me thus my DR shifted me to 850x2 plus Glavus. Even since i joined this Forum, I started a LCHF diet and have since lost 14kg. And I have been off of Galvus. My blood sugar are always under 7.0 and my last Hba1c was 6.1. Overall my diabetes is being managed as preciously as I can. However am having certain issues that started this January. I was having pressure on the left side of my head an face and was told it was my TMJ (temporomandibular) and i was put on Norgesic, 1 week later the pressure was still the same so i went to another DR who told it was tension headaches, he told me to continue with the Norgesic.

Weeks later i feel a bit better but still having some pressure.

I went back to the DR and he prescribed amythripine and some Nexium because I have a history of GERD and constant acid reflux.

I have been taking the nexium for 2 days. The issue now is, since last evening and the whole day today, my diastolic blood pressure has considerably increased. My usual blood pressure ranges from 100/60 to 120/80 however since yesterday it has consistently been 110/90 - 130/95. I honestly don't know what is possibly going on. I am so scared i went to the ER today, when they checked they told me it was 125/86 (and said it was normal) I insisted on doing an ECG and an Echo cardiogram which both came out normal.

I must admit, these days I am constantly anxious. Family issues, health issues (the tmj) plus i recently broke up with my bf of 3 years. All this has taken a toll on me and I have no idea what could be going on with me! I just need to know what is causing my diastolic pressure to raise so much! Could be a side effect from the medication? stress? and what should i do about it? because 3 days ago my bp was 100/62! why the sudden rise? this is making me crazy! please help!!


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We have no idea, but perhaps another discussion with your Dr. will help.

He or she will have all your records, and your complete history, and is in a much better position to help.

As for possible side effects ..... talk to a pharmacist wherever you get your prescriptions filled. The pharmacist won't tell you what is wrong, but they can advise you on side effects, and possible drug interactions.

Let us know how that turns out.

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Ugh, you have been through so much! I am so glad that you're here and able to talk to people about it. I am so sorry for all the stress you're going through, as well. It certainly doesn't help anything and I do hope that you can find a way to bring your stress down a bit (walking, drawing, writing, etc.)

As far as the medical issues, if your current doctor can offer no explanation, is there any way you could seek out a second opinion?

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Ugh, you have been through so much! I am so glad that you're here and able to talk to people about it. I am so sorry for all the stress you're going through, as well. It certainly doesn't help anything and I do hope that you can find a way to bring your stress down a bit (walking, drawing, writing, etc.)

As far as the medical issues, if your current doctor can offer no explanation, is there any way you could seek out a second opinion?

thank you so much for the concern, am still trying to find my way around. The pressure is not bothering me anymore, but the sudden spike in bp is! I am going to wait for a week to see if there are any changes and if not I will find another Doctor.

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We have no idea, but perhaps another discussion with your Dr. will help.

He or she will have all your records, and your complete history, and is in a much better position to help.

As for possible side effects ..... talk to a pharmacist wherever you get your prescriptions filled. The pharmacist won't tell you what is wrong, but they can advise you on side effects, and possible drug interactions.

Let us know how that turns out.
Given that I have a history of anxiety and panic attacks, my doctors seem to think that I am only stressing myself and the fact that my ECG and Echo came out clear (which am super glad they did!) convinced them even more that it's all in my head and that I need to relax.

But the thing is I cannot relax until I Know what's causing the sudden rise in my BP! I already have so much on my plate! Sometimes it feels like am drowning!

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I know what you're talking about and have known doctors like that with different conditions, that if they can't "see" the test results or actual effects physically, the doctor is quick to judge or assume that the actual condition doesn't exist.

That's why I think its great you're looking to get a second opinion if things don't subside quickly. Definitely not worth waiting, in terms of health. Since you have a history of anxiety and panic attacks, I would lean to the side of getting that second opinion sooner rather than later, though, so you can get everything back in-line a bit more.

Also, congrats on the weight loss! I love that it's generally a "side effect" of LCHF eating!

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I am sorry you are going through so much. The stress of it could be at least part of your trouble. You could try googling prescribing info for the meds you are taking. It should tell if they have the effect of BP elevation although they may not have tested interactions for the specific drugs you are taking. Good luck.

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Anxiety is treatable.

You need to find the right Dr. though.

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Do you have a strategy for handling stress? Some people use yoga; some exercise; some lose themselves in a book, etc. Deep breathing helps me. Hope everything gets better for you.

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Hi Dixy!

I'm a fellow anxious/panic attack sufferer. It's hard to get someone else to take your concerns seriously when you have this label. Plus, I'm always second guessing myself, quick to blame things on my nerves. So... yeah I totally get it.

Personally, once I start worrying about my blood pressure, it spikes really bad whenever I get it taken. I have "white coat hypertension" and now take it at home when I'm not stressed, to keep track of it, as my anxiety is worst at the doctors office.

I recommend not filtering your concerns through the "it's probably in my head" filter and bring things up to your doctor when it worries you. Let them use their experience and judgement to figure out if it's all in your head, then ... if they say it is, it never hurts to get a second opinion.

I also have GERD, and suggest that you read more about PPI (proton pump inhibitors) and other acid reducing medications before taking them long term. I was on them for 5 years, and am glad that I got off of them. There are a few studies that made me decide that I'd rather take sugar free tums as needed. There is a reason most of the PPIs say to only use them for 2 weeks.

Some people here have found that a low-carb, no-grain diet has reduced or eliminated their acid reflux. Mine got better for a wee bit before returning (though never as bad as it once was). Just sharing my experience in case that helps at all.

Welcome to the forum!

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