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Re: High Blood Pressure

Post by Beefitarian » Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:10 am

Fair enough it's working but I don't need a Doctor to prescribe things until we stumble on one that works.

How are you doing 3G?
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Re: High Blood Pressure

Post by C-GGGQ » Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:22 am

Pretty good. My next appointment is my 6 month check up with nuclear medicine just to make sure everything got nuked. That's end of September. Had to go back on a low dose of calcium (hypocalcemia is an awful feeling), and iron, but my thyroid levels are stable and where they want. Hoping the iron fixes the fatigue I've been feeling (I can power through a max duty day of flying but once I've stopped for the day the energy at home just leeches out of me.) Hard to motivate to get healthy when you're tired. Right side of the neck is still numb, may be forever, and numb is not quite the right word cause when doing something like shaving it's almost hyper sensitive around the edges. More annoying than anything.
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Re: High Blood Pressure

Post by 7ECA » Thu Aug 08, 2019 3:44 pm

C-GGGQ wrote:
Thu Aug 08, 2019 8:22 am
Right side of the neck is still numb, may be forever, and numb is not quite the right word cause when doing something like shaving it's almost hyper sensitive around the edges. More annoying than anything.
Sounds like nerve pain/issues. I had a broken leg a bunch of years back, and have nerve damage around my foot and ankle. Sort of numb to the touch, but can get weird sensations, tingling, etc. I figure it's going to be permanent, being that I've had the same issue for a good decade now. Although, nerves can heal/regenerate, so only time will tell for yourself.
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Re: High Blood Pressure

Post by C-GGGQ » Thu Aug 08, 2019 3:48 pm

Yup the nerve to my right earlobe was severed, that's done, but the nerves to my neck are just "tortured" basically. One of the nurses said a patient's feeling came back over two years after the surgery. I'm at 8 months. And in the end of this is the worse case scenario it's really not that bad. Actually the worst part is I can't feel these northern horse flies and mosquitos land on that side so I'm getting eaten alive on holds.
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Re: High Blood Pressure

Post by 7ECA » Thu Aug 08, 2019 3:53 pm

Exactly, it's all in how one looks at it. A little tingling now and then just lets you know it is still there and working - sort of.
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Re: High Blood Pressure

Post by Castorero » Sun Aug 18, 2019 11:56 am

Real high blood pressure is a bitch.

If you are a normal weight, healthy eating dude who also exercises regularly, there is little other than medication that will control it.
A family history of high blood pressure is hard to out run as well.

For the average guy in his forties or fifties, who is overweight and nothing else, a slow burning weight loss exercise like walking every day after dinner, is going to yield good results in loosing weight and lowering BP, up to a point.

Unfortunately Hypertension likes company, and often enough, in time, will run alongside of other metabolic ailments such as diabetes and insulin resistance, high blood lipids, gout and some impairment of renal function and a propensity to inflammation.
This combination needs early and aggressive treatment. Diet modification and exercise to get rid of body fat, especially BELLY fat are paramount.
With a reduction of body fat load, there are much fewer fat cells needing insulin, which then becomes more available to muscle and brain cells for their metabolism. And Diabetes may magically seem to disappear.

Increased lipids that can lead to stroke, heart attack need to be lowered.

You can see why TC gets antsy about high blood pressure and the potential complications that can lead to increased risks to aviation safety.

The worst place for anyone to have their blood pressure monitored is at a doctors office, unless he or she happens to be your spouse.

If you have high BP readings, buy a BP monitor of good quality and check at home.

Those readings are valuable for diagnosis and especially ongoing treatment.

If your GP is "hunting around" for the right drugs endlessly, it's time for a referral to an internist to get a handle on it.

The last thing I want to say is that after a period of time the blood pressure comes under good control and like a good human, you will stop the drugs and your BP still remains in a good range. You will even visit your GP for checks and not tell him that you have stopped the pills, and carry on with life.

Believe it or not this happens a lot!

After two or three months IT "comes back" to where you started. It is time to fess up with your doctor and take your medicine.
If you have stopped monitoring for months, the first sign of a problem may well be a stroke or heart attack.

Not wanting to end on a sour note, remember that TC wants to keep you in the air as much as possible and not take your lively hood away capriciously.
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Re: High Blood Pressure

Post by Beefitarian » Tue Aug 27, 2019 6:11 am

Excellent post. Basically it looks like I need a girl friend (boy friend? Modern times it's not nice to be picky about gender) that likes long walks?

Preferably around 25 with an airplane.
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