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phyciocc
I will be 61 in two months and so It had to happen...Last June Doc told me that my blood pressure was too high and needed to be controlled.
Been taking my pill once a day and the blood pressure went down BUT, I feel a bit woozy all the time.
It feels life when you stand up suddenly and things "swim up" a second or two.
This does not interfere much with everyday activities, including driving the cage, but at the moment I am not quite sure I should ride.
For those of you "so lucky" to be on blood pressure medications, does it get better?
I do feel better overall, so I am not going to quit the pills, but I hope things will stabilize and get to ride again.
Anyone experience this?
Thanks!!
Marco
 
I am a crazy Physics Prof. Beware :o:)

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faffi
Are you sure you have high blood pressure? Get an instrument and measure every day. My brother's father in law had high pressure in the doctor's office, but felt awful on medication. Turned out his blood pressure was fine, just not when a bit nervous at the doctor appointments.
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Beemer
Just recently, I bought for my mother, one of those nice wrist BP devices that checks your heart rate as well for right at $45 at Wally World. Easy one button control and it records each day. Nice stuff! I would bet that the best thing you can do to help yourself is that dirty word, you've heard it before, exercise.
 
Hey, I'll be your partner, I'm starting my own exercise program tomorrow and going back to the gym myself. This week I just started cutting back on sugars & starches. Replacing chips with celery and peanut butter. A&W diet root beer isn't so bad either. I figure an elevated heart rate from a light weight/high rep workout and some fast walking should burn some body fat. (or so I'm hoping :-/ ) GL!
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martyinaustin
fwiw, and i'm no doctor to be sure...but i've known more than a few people to get blood pressure relief from CBD oil/capsules/vape. don't know how you feel about that and
certainly your doc will likely crap on it...but...google it. you might be surprised.
 
good luck
m.
 
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faffi
Nothing beats physical activity. If you smoke and drink, cutting back or quitting will also help, naturally, as will healthy eating. It's about finding a balance you can live with, though - spurts doesn't do much, it's what you can be bothered do in the long run.

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ShiftHer
I was on BP meds for a little while to try and control migraines. It lowered my BP a bit too much and left me feeling light-headed. I, too, experienced the rush of blood when standing up. I would get a wave of light-headedness sometimes while riding and that made me very nervous. That, combined with some extreme tiredness, led me talking to my doctor, monitoring my BP, and then we determined that the meds were making my BP too low.
 
Most important thing is talk to the doctor and tell them all of the issues you're having. If you can keep a side effect log, I find that to be pretty helpful. Does the wooziness coincide with when it's near dinner time (drop in blood sugar?), do you notice other physical symptoms (tiredness? headache?), etc. All would be helpful to a doc when determining which med would work best. If you can spring for it, get a blood pressure monitor so you can check at home. The brand I have is Omron. I think I got it on Amazon for about 50 smackeroos. My doc said it was a good brand.
 
It's possible you can alleviate some side effects while still getting benefits of medicine on a lower dose. Or a different medicine altogether. Everyone's body chemistry is different and responds to medications a little differently. I have noticed sometimes that doctors will not pay too much attention to side effects unless you really start advocating for yourself. So, make sure you are insistent that certain side effects are not acceptable!
 
As others mentioned, exercise, drinking water, staying away from salt are all good habits to develop to help you out on the natural side of things.
 
Good luck, and keep us updated!
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phyciocc
Hello everyone:
thanks for all the replies. Exercise and better eating are on tap. I am hoping that I just need to get accustomed to the new blood pressure levels. I do have a manual cuff that I use at home, and before medication it was definitely high (high of 155 or so). That was prompted me to see the doctor.
Two days ago, the same machine I use every time I go grocery shopping (and that agrees with may manual cuff) told me that my blood pressure was 118-77. I had not had such low blood pressure since my teen years and I was a swimmer...
I hope that once I get used to new levels my lightheadedness will go away.
My next visit is in three weeks, and we'll see how it goes then.
Thanks!
Marco
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DewMan
Hello everyone: thanks for all the replies. Exercise and better eating are on tap. I am hoping that I just need to get accustomed to the new blood pressure levels. I do have a manual cuff that I use at home, and before medication it was definitely high (high of 155 or so). That was prompted me to see the doctor.
Two days ago, the same machine I use every time I go grocery shopping (and that agrees with may manual cuff) told me that my blood pressure was 118-77. I had not had such low blood pressure since my teen years and I was a swimmer...
I hope that once I get used to new levels my lightheadedness will go away.
My next visit is in three weeks, and we'll see how it goes then.
Thanks!
Marco
I am a crazy Physics Prof. Beware :o:)
About three years ago I had three heart stents installed and started taking BP meds along with a couple other heart related daily pills. For the 1st month or so dizziness, as you described, was an issue and twice I ended up on the floor from dizziness bruised like I'd been doing Fight Club due to the blood thinners I was on at the time. The good news is The dizziness went away as my body acclimated to the new meds and I've not had dizziness issues since and have gotten back into riding this year after a 20+ year break and I'm having a ball. :) So don't sell the bike yet, you'll most likely be able to get back in the saddle again soon.
Best of luck to you and keep us up to date.
 

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faffi
Are you sure you didn't get dizzy from all that brain bleach instead, DewMan? ;):D

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r1limited
I am 60, here is what I learned in my lifetime
 
Drs are full of shet
We are a over prescribed society
We believe these full of shet Drs without question
 
I had high BP as well at one time, collesterol all that crap and they wanted to feed the FDA down my throat with all kinds of shet.  They made me feel horrid, so I made a decision, educate myself.  What I found was simple:
[ol type=decimal][*]Eat NON PROCESSED FOODS, I eat Paleo or caveman diet as much as possible (95%) of the time[*]I do not eat breads (BIGGEST ITEM FOR ILL HEALTH)
[*]I have not had a soda of any kind in over 10 years
[*]I dont drink alcohol "Personal Choice"
[*]I stopped smoking when I was 24
[*]I get off my ass and stay active, tread mill, walking, working the yard, building stuff, tinkering and working on bikes adn most of all trying to keep up with two grand daughters[/ol]
BY doing this, I have more energy I only take Synthroid my cholesterol is below average my heart rate is perfect.  I have found what you put into your body has a hell of a lot to do with your health.  Drs take this little chart called the Bell Curve, they listen to you yem and ya about achs and pains and place you on this chart, they prescribe what works for the mass percentage based on the Bell Curve, they do not treat you as an individual.
Processed foods are the evil scourge of this time and age Want a burger ok great leave the bun eat it in a lettuce wrap, get sweet potato fries instead of potatoe (Have those as a treat item) Get rid of Grains and Breads for 30 days, lesson your Carbs by 2/3rds for 30 days then go get your BP checked and dont drink coffeee or caffien drinks before wait at least 4 hours after your last cup.
OH ya disclamer, I am not a dr consult the asshat Phds at your leisure and never believe a thing I say prove it for yourself. :)
Update forgot the best advise
Eat Right, Stay Fit, Die anyway
 
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markstertt
I was on BP meds for a little while to try and control migraines. It lowered my BP a bit too much and left me feeling light-headed. I, too, experienced the rush of blood when standing up. I would get a wave of light-headedness sometimes while riding and that made me very nervous. That, combined with some extreme tiredness, led me talking to my doctor, monitoring my BP, and then we determined that the meds were making my BP too low.  
Most important thing is talk to the doctor and tell them all of the issues you're having. If you can keep a side effect log, I find that to be pretty helpful. Does the wooziness coincide with when it's near dinner time (drop in blood sugar?), do you notice other physical symptoms (tiredness? headache?), etc. All would be helpful to a doc when determining which med would work best. If you can spring for it, get a blood pressure monitor so you can check at home. The brand I have is Omron. I think I got it on Amazon for about 50 smackeroos. My doc said it was a good brand.
 
It's possible you can alleviate some side effects while still getting benefits of medicine on a lower dose. Or a different medicine altogether. Everyone's body chemistry is different and responds to medications a little differently. I have noticed sometimes that doctors will not pay too much attention to side effects unless you really start advocating for yourself. So, make sure you are insistent that certain side effects are not acceptable!
 
As others mentioned, exercise, drinking water, staying away from salt are all good habits to develop to help you out on the natural side of things.
 
Good luck, and keep us updated!
Really good advice here, I have nothing to add except that at 61 you have many more years of biking ahead of you and definitely stay hydrated. I noticed that after about age 60 I've had to make myself drink more as I don't seem to naturally and it definitely makes a difference for me in the light headed/standing up syndrome.   
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jbone
I had a recent spell of heart palps and higher than normal (for me) BP. I wasn't sure if my heart sucked or if years of work related stress started taking its toll on me and I started to have anxiety all the time about absolutely nothing. Since then, I stopped drinking pop (soda for you weirdos) and reduced junk food intake. I also take a butt load of heart related supps like magnesium, potassium, hawthorne berry, taurine , CoQ10 , fish oil etc. I also do cardio way more than I used to. I used to work out 5-6 x a week in college and a little post college years, but since working I have failed miserbly. All these things lowered my BP and I feel better. My thing was that I told my doc that I did not want to be put on any meds because I don't want to be dependent on it. I don't trust long term meds and my personal opinion is that it opens the door for more issues. I have zero data to back that up, just my inner conspiracy theorist lol.
 
sorry you have this issue to deal with - getting old sucks. Did you talk with your doc about if you could wean off your BP meds as your exercising and healthy eating improves?

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hippiebikerchick
Blood pressure meds lower the pressure in many different ways. Some slow the heart rate, some are vaso dilators and some increase urine output. Your side effects should go away in time, if not, ask to switch to a different acting one. You got some excellent advice here - eating whole foods and exercising and maintaining a normal weight. I've been on bp meds for a long time. If you happen to be genetically inclined to have high bp like I am there isn't much you can do. Sodium has been blamed for a long time but there's always studies showing the opposite so who can tell about that? Good luck and I hope you get it figured out and back to riding soon.
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robbo10
It's hard to give medical advice when you don't really know what you're talking about - like me. I am rather older than you and I do think that exercise plays a major part in keeping us healthy. I don't mean gymn stuff cos that is often unnecessarily 'violent'. I favour walking now, not running which harms the skeleton. I am content to 'run around' a bit seeing to my wife's needs just to take more steps. I also do static exercises, but not enough of course. Biking gets the heart busy, as does my sax. All good, I hope. My BP is OK but it is higher than it was. I thought I might be in for a heat attack the other day but the Doc was not impressed and could find nothing wrong (praise be!). I have a very thin file at the Doc's which can now be a bit worrying...☺ Anyway, I would get that version of your pills changed because you can often relieve yourself of side effects that way. I am judging that by reference to my wife's experience which is extensive. All the rest is MHO, of course.

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