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    Sep 13, 2017, 05:07 AM
    How reliable are blood pressure medications
    I have had high blood pressure for a number of years, I was successfully treated with Micardis for an number of years but I became resistive and the drug became ineffective. Since that time I have been prescribed a number of medications, some have been effective for a short time and then they become ineffective or side effects are too severe to tolerate, and I have even had my kidneys ablated and now here we are again at a point where we are beginning to cover the same old ground with a different medication. My blood pressure is often above 190 /90 and medication might reduce this for a short time
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    Sep 13, 2017, 07:01 AM
    Pills are great, but I am sure your doctor has informed you about changes to deal with the underlying issues of your high blood pressure, and what was the issue with your kidneys? What other conditions are you being treated for?
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    Sep 13, 2017, 09:17 AM
    My blood pressure meds are very effective, reliable and keep my BP down to 120/60. Way out of stroke range; you are way over that point whereby you could have a stroke any minute. Tal is correct. What other conditions are you being treated for ? And as you know, we cant give you any medical advice here. I would suggest you have a sit down with your doctor and ask him why he cant prescribe BP meds that work for you and are able to be compatible with anything else you are taking. Other then that, change doctors for a more reliable one.
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    Sep 13, 2017, 04:57 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by talaniman View Post
    Pills are great, but I am sure your doctor has informed you about changes to deal with the underlying issues of your high blood pressure, and what was the issue with your kidneys? What other conditions are you being treated for?
    Hi Tal Diabetes II, Osteoporosis, occasional gout. There is no issue with my kidneys other than the damage that BP and Diabetes cause. The ablation was a procedure intended to reset the BP but it didn't work. Exercise is difficult because of torn medial legiments, hip replacement and on going back pain. Medication was containing the BP until about four years ago, but now nothing works for long. Research suggests a lot of people experience the same difficulties with these substances.

    I have seen a cardiac specialist and he eventually said he couldn't help me
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    Sep 14, 2017, 08:03 AM
    Hey Clete, yes we go through many adjustments and changes to our meds over time, but have you reviewed your diet and stuck through your exercise schedule? Have you been checked for cholesterol and clogged arteries (Stress tests), how about regular colon tests, recommended for us over 50's every 2 or 3 years? Diet and exercise for older people is the most important part of maintaining healthy outcomes and managing pain, and stress. Yeah it sucks and hurts like hell, at least in the beginning but a great habit to form for the long run.

    What type of pain killers do you take? How's your weight and energy levels? You sound like you need a new body like I do, and I admit to not taking very good care of mine over the years. Now I'm paying with the same stuff you are. I follow my doctors instructions to a "T", especially when they told me to back away from the computer which I sit at most of the day.
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    Sep 14, 2017, 06:31 PM
    Quote Originally Posted by talaniman View Post
    Hey Clete, yes we go through many adjustments and changes to our meds over time, but have you reviewed your diet and stuck through your exercise schedule? Have you been checked for cholesterol and clogged arteries (Stress tests), how about regular colon tests, recommended for us over 50's every 2 or 3 years? Diet and exercise for older people is the most important part of maintaining healthy outcomes and managing pain, and stress. Yeah it sucks and hurts like hell, at least in the beginning but a great habit to form for the long run.

    What type of pain killers do you take? How's your weight and energy levels? You sound like you need a new body like I do, and I admit to not taking very good care of mine over the years. Now I'm paying with the same stuff you are. I follow my doctors instructions to a "T", especially when they told me to back away from the computer which I sit at most of the day.
    The only pain killers I take are codeine, not necessarily very effective except in large doses. My weight is 115 kg and energy not as good as it should be. Cholesterol isn't an issue. Anyway starting a new drug today, it had better work as BP 212/104 this morning
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    Sep 14, 2017, 06:42 PM
    Wow... thats seriously high. Hope this one works.. and continues to work.
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    Sep 14, 2017, 06:47 PM
    I had very high, medication for years. 5 years ago, changed my diet completely, and have not had to take a pill in 4 1/2 years.
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    Sep 14, 2017, 07:39 PM
    Finding a perfect blood pressure medication is like finding a needle in a haystack. It's a lot of trial and error. Some last for a while while others need to be adjusted frequently. Reducing sodium in your diet is as important as exercise. Reading labels on foods is a must.

    BP of 212/104 is very close to stroke level.

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