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JDyzzle
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Date Joined Jan 2007
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   Posted 1/16/2007 2:33 PM (GMT -7)   
I am new here so please bear with me.  when I got pregnant with my daughter in 2001 I started having problems with my blood pressure.  It got so bad that I had to stay on meds my whole pregnancy and they kept uping them.  I finally had to be induced 2 months early because they just couldn't keep it under control.  After the birth of my daughter my bp went back to normal for a time but then started to creep up again.  when it got to about 185/ 120 I started taking metoprolol.  it really helps and keeps it around 130/85 most of the time but I feel sluggish.  My problem is why me?  I am only 29, I am 5'2" and about 125lbs (except at thanksgiving) and I eat a healthy diet (low sodium, lots of veggies, fiber, and whatnot).   I would really like to know why I have high blood pressure.  I have no insurance and have to go to a low income clinic for my health care.  They basically told me to  take my medicine and not worry about why I had to.  I have a 4yr old daughter who depends on me for everything, if I have an underlying condition causing my blood pressure to be high then I would really like to know about it so it could be treated.  help!?!
just another newbie trying to sponge some info, lol.


els
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   Posted 1/17/2007 9:37 AM (GMT -7)   

Hi JDyzzle, welcome to HW we are happy to have you.  What you have described is commonly called preeclampsia or hypertension during pregnancy.  It can be extremely dangerous for the mother and the child.  I know that usually it does resolve itself after giving birth according to merck they state that if it continues after 6-8 weeks then it would be unrelated to preeclampsia.  Do you have anyone in your family that has high blood pressure? 

You actually have a lot of benefits on your side here...one your young, not over weight, and practice eating a healthy diet.  You may want to do some research on hypertension and stress as lowering stress levels can help greatly with BP.

http://familydoctor.org/064.xml

http://www.merck.com/mmhe/sec22/ch258/ch258c.html


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DREAMGIRL
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   Posted 1/17/2007 10:51 AM (GMT -7)   
:-)  Hi just wanted to say a couple of things, probably not too valuable but maybe.  first off, many years back when i was unable to afford insurance i had to use the system and i got some great help there, of course i do not know how detailed they would get with a person in checking out all avenues. another little thing is our bodies do not know the difference between good stress and bad stress, so just be aware of that, if you are happy excited it can raise your bp the same as stress.  however, stressing about your bp can keep it elevated.  the good news is that metroplol is a beta blocker and has been used withour serious sideeefects for many.  i took it  but i had the reaction of total listlessness, so i went off.  supposedly bp can be controled with prescription diuetrtics (mispelled). my husband has been taking garlique, it is known to lower bp levels.  try reading on the net, it seems somewhere i read that sometimes you can stop taking meds and see if things improve.  as far as it being related to other stuff, all the things that can cause it yiu have under control.hummmm, hope someone else comes along with other info bye for now
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