I have certain flares that make my b/p bounce up that badly, too. And with pitting edema in my lower legs, and use a prn prescription for Lasix. My rheumy has explained that he is in charge of the meds to control my lupus, and that my family dr. should treat my hi B/P. Therefore, two appts., prednisone for my flare, and an increase in my atenolol from 25mg. twice a day, to 50mgs twice a day, and that helped alot. The atenolol also helps to keep my pulse down. I used to feel it pound and race in my chest enough that I thought I would lose my mind. I also take 5mg of Norvasc, and a scary headache and scary hi b/p were the first symptoms that led me to a neurologist and back to my immunologist who had first diagnosed my APS, and then quickly after that, a lupus diagnosis. I have found that putting my feet up on enough pillows to put my feet over the level of my chest helps alot. I will keep them up for at least a 1/2 hour and the pain subsides immensely. I am so glad we have this site, I will feel extra lousy and decide to at least sit at my desk for awhile, cause my misery really does love everyone's company.
i think I saw pure cranberry juice at Walmart. Do you like purple grape juice? Maybe you could try making juice mixes until you find the perfect taste. Cranberry juice makes me pucker just THINKING about it! Renal diets are really tough, too. Ask to chat with the dietician at your hospital for some insider insight into kidney friendly foods. And I put my juice in a little blender with ice cubes to make a crushed flavored ice so I get more water in my diet. You can use soy or skim milk for chocolate iceys, with a touch of cinnamon, or vanilla extract, lemon, orange or lime for citrusy ones, It has been really hard for me to give up Coke. I had to compromise, and only allow myself one can per workday, which is a Big decrease from the 3 lg. 16oz bottles I would often drink. And salt.........unfortunately, now I have been salt 'free' for so long, restaurant food often tastes unpleasantly salty. Protein is tough to omit, too. Hope you feel better really soon!
God knows, even if I don't....
CNS Lupus 2005, APS, Hashimoto's Thyroiditis
Meds: Plaquenil, Neurontin, Thyroid, Piroxicam, Aspirin, Atenolol and Norvasc, Prednisone 5mg daily and Paxil, Ambien every night.