II’m 21 years old I’ve had high blood pressure for years I got diagnosed when I was 17 I believe but it’s never given me problems until recently in my life at the age of 21. I do admit my eating habits were not the best because I would drink energy drinks almost everyday and eat lots of junk food which aggravated my blood pressure. I’ve been prescribed lisinopril and I took it for a week before I felt like I was experiencing chest tightness so my doctor took me off of it and prescribed atenolol. After taking atenolol I noticed I hated it because the side effects were even more intense like headaches, vertigo, extreme fatigue and stars in my vision. I asked if I could get off of atenolol and go back to lisinopril because it makes me feel safer so my doctor said I can go back. My plan is to take my lisinopril and change my eating habits so that eventually I can get off of meds for good I’m just scared to get back onto the medication because of all the negative side effects I’ve been reading about. I feel like I’m doomed with this high blood pressure and the fact that I even need medication my anxiety is through the roof and I’m panicking. My usual blood pressure without the meds is in the 140/90 range usually. I could really use some help and advice from people who are more experienced in this than me please I’m only 21 and I’m very worried about all this medicine stuff and my health. “Side note” I noticed very noticeable heart palpitations I used to not get those do you think it has any to do with the meds?”
I am 21 years old I’m suffering from high blood pressure as it runs in my family and I’m scared?
Question posted by Osiris Tate on 16 Nov 2021
Last updated on 7 February 2022
Hi Osiris Tate. Can you give more details about your history, like weigh , eating habit , exercisin . Using to much salt and cholesterol levels being high , fast food eating which caused a lot of my problems. Try to control your anxiety this raises blood pressure. Let your doctor know about your anxiety . Sometimes you have to change your medication a few times to get the right on. You will be okay. I have been on blood pressure medication since I was 16 years old now i am 68. Its your choice to keep under control. Get a blood test to see where your levels are Also give blood pressure medications time to work. It sounds like your letting your anxiety get the best of you. Good Luck and God Bless I will watch for more of your post .
I'd say the first things to do you already know. Get on a healthy diet and start a reasonable exercise program where you get the equivalent of 8 - 10000 steps a day. Try prayer/meditation as stress reducers as stress is huge in raising BP. Any good doctor will tell you the same. Good sleep is a key. A fitbit or other tracker can monitor that and give you results. Lots of websites tell you how to get better sleep if that's a problem. Writing down 3 things for which you're grateful every day has proven success in raising happiness and reducing anxiety. Healthy social connections are key. STay off social media that has proven to raise anxiety and depression. God bless. Let us know how it goes.
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