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Old 04-25-2013, 21:42   #1
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All of a sudden I have been having high BP - it was 179/--? in the doctor office last week. She took it again when I was lying down and I guess it was okay then. But...

The following Tuesday I had a migraine aura (lights in my field of vision), followed by a slight, mild headache. I let that pass. But the next day, yesterday, I had another one with more of a headache. I called the doctor and she had me take my BP.... 180/85

Last night at bedtime it went down to 160/82. This morning was 150/75, and early this afternoon was 142/85. I am SO relieved that it went down.

I'll be seeing the doctor tomorrow about this.

I (think) this might be related to having just started taking cholestyramine, but it's hard to tell, especially since BP was high in doc. office several days before I started the med. No migraine today at all so far, and I did take a half dose of the ch. this morning.

I think I'm going to be a puzzle to my new doc. Hope she's up to it.

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All of a sudden I have been having high BP - it was 179/--? in the doctor office last week. She took it again when I was lying down and I guess it was okay then. But...

The following Tuesday I had a migraine aura (lights in my field of vision), followed by a slight, mild headache. I let that pass. But the next day, yesterday, I had another one with more of a headache. I called the doctor and she had me take my BP.... 180/85

Last night at bedtime it went down to 160/82. This morning was 150/75, and early this afternoon was 142/85. I am SO relieved that it went down.

I'll be seeing the doctor tomorrow about this.

I (think) this might be related to having just started taking cholestyramine, but it's hard to tell, especially since BP was high in doc. office several days before I started the med. No migraine today at all so far, and I did take a half dose of the ch. this morning.

I think I'm going to be a puzzle to my new doc. Hope she's up to it.
Why are you taking cholestyramine? I took it after having had my gall bladder removed. But then I discovered Milk Thistle Complex. Brilliant!

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Why are you taking cholestyramine? I took it after having had my gall bladder removed. But then I discovered Milk Thistle Complex. Brilliant!
I went to the doctor because of having chronic diarrhea for about two months. She has run tests, but gave me the cholestyramine to help stop the d. See my thread on this http://www.diabetesforum.com/diabete...now-about.html

I had my gall bladder removed over 40 years ago. So there is a possibility the d. is related to that - but she's testing for many other things.

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Glad you're getting this checked out. I'm in charge of my husband's BP, and it can be one tricky beast!

Pain and stress -- like being in a doctor's office -- can shoot BP up enormously. See "White Coat Syndrome." Docs In The Know will take BP 2 or more times per visit, and not rely on the first reading.

Looks like your doc's doing all the right things. Sending Best Vibes!

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Glad you're getting this checked out. I'm in charge of my husband's BP, and it can be one tricky beast!

Pain and stress -- like being in a doctor's office -- can shoot BP up enormously. See "White Coat Syndrome." Docs In The Know will take BP 2 or more times per visit, and not rely on the first reading.

Looks like your doc's doing all the right things. Sending Best Vibes!
Yes, yes, yes. 2x BP in the doc's office. My new GP (first visit the other day) did it twice, and it dropped by 30 points on systolic and 15 on diastolic, just within a few minutes. NONE of my previous GPs have ever done that, even though all recognised the white coat BP. Make sure its done

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Update on doctor visit today.

My BP this am was 140/70, and in the doctor office at 10:00 was 156/85.

The visit went real well. As I said, this is a new doc for me. She did not immediately push BP meds (as I thought she would) but is taking a wait and see approach, with my monitoring it every day or two.

She thinks some of this could be related to being dehydrated from the chronic diarrhea and loss of electrolytes. I'm going to restart the potassium supplements I had been taking, off and on, over the last year or so (but had stopped a couple months ago), and eat potassium rich foods.

I like that she is taking the conservative approach. It think it is like so many other things, hard to pin down the exact cause, and most likely will go away on its own. (hopefully) Anyway, I'm not in any danger now, and will contact her if BP goes up again.

I have a follow-up in another month.

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Yes, yes, yes. 2x BP in the doc's office. My new GP (first visit the other day) did it twice, and it dropped by 30 points on systolic and 15 on diastolic, just within a few minutes. NONE of my previous GPs have ever done that, even though all recognised the white coat BP. Make sure its done
BP is usually twice 1after sitting and then again after 1 min rest.

 
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