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6.5 months postpartum and my blood pressure is STILL not stable. I have lost track of how many different meds I have been on at this point...ten? Several of them have worked for a month or so and then stopped working, and it has happened again. I went BAAAACK to the doctor today and they changed my meds yet again. I asked about seeing a cardiologist but they want to give this new med a chance...it is called Tribenzor and it is a combination of 3 different meds in one pill. Within a couple of hours of taking the first pill, my bp was down to normal but my face was red, I felt like I was having a non stop hot flash, and my pulse was up to 90 whereas it had been in the 60's on my previous med. I feel strange. My head hurts. And I am so scared this is never going to end.
This was not happening to me before and during my pregnancy. I had borderline hypertension, but not this. My bottom number keeps spiking up around 100 or more. Top number is usually ok though. Seems obvious that this is still a postpartum issue, since I was not this way before or during pregnancy.
I had another appt today...with a podiatrist. My right foot has been hurting for about 4 months now but with all my other issues I have been ignoring it. So it turns out I have something called a Morton's Neuroma...which is basically a wad of nerve endings all pinched together. It's not too bad, we are going to give it another month to improve and if not, I'll need an MRI and to see a neurologist.
So when I noticed last Friday that my bp had jumped up, I kinda hit rock bottom emotionally. But it turned out to be a good thing. I made a decision that I would eat very healthy and exercise, and it's only been a few days but I have been sticking to it 100%. Everything I've eaten has been low salt, low fat, low...everything. I've lost 5lbs so far. I was waiting until today to find out about the exercise since I didn't know what would be ok with my bp so high. I can start walking as long as the new meds don't make me too dizzy.
Sorry this is so d*mn long. It's just such a struggle to be a good mommy sometimes when I feel so bad physically.
Ugh I am so sorry this is STILL dragging out for you Lori. I know exactly how you feel and am so glad my heart/bp issues resolved themselves. You really should see a cardiologist by now though...can you go without a referral? My OB/Family Doc sent me RIGHT AWAY after Nate was born and things got bad. You should have had echo's and stress tests by now! i hope this new med is it for you! Lucky for BLake he wont remember any of this time
I need to find out if I have to have a referral. I agree, I def. need to go to a cardio. I had an echo done during the pregnancy, because I have mitral valve prolapse and was having some small chest pains. The echo was normal. I wore a 24 hour monitor about 2 yrs ago and it was normal.
Blake is treated like the king of the castle around here. He's gonna wish he COULD remember this time in his life because when he gets older he will be disciplined when he rips papers out of mommys hands. He was doing that to me earlier and when I took the papers away from him he threw a big fit. He's a little monster. It's hard being a good mommy but I am managing somehow. I put on a smile even when I don't feel it inside and he just smiles right back which gives me a real smile. Hope that made sense...gah I am so tired.
Wow Lori, so sorry you are still dealing with stupid BP. I don't know much about it since I only had it for like the last month of my pregnancy and then it was done, but it does run in my family... maybe I should familiarize myself with it!
Good job working out and eating right! hopefully that will help a lot!
I'm so sorry you are having to deal with this. I'm a cardiac nurse and feel that you definatley need to push for a cardiologist referral. I would also call the MD and let them know about the hot flashes when taking that pill. Kudos to you on your weight loss. I know how hard that is and you are doing a great job! Hope you feel better soon.
Sorry you are still having issues with your BP and all these meds. I totally understand how hard it is to get them to send you to the right Dr. I hope you get to see the cardiologist soon and feel better.