Why am I having such a hard time getting my blood pressure under control?
I’m a 23 year old woman who is generally healthy, but for the past eight months or so, my blood pressure had steadily increased. I’m actually a little bit underweight, I eat very healthily and hardly ever consume any processed foods (because they’re disgusting) and while I’m not a fitness fanatic I stay active by walking. My high blood pressure appears to be a hereditary condition since my mother has the condition and all blood work and tests that my doctor has run have ruled out the possibility of it being caused by any other health issue.
Last week I went to the doctor for a follow up visit due to my anemia and my blood pressure was as high as 157/114. My doctor put me on 0.01mg Clonidine twice a day. Yesterday I went back to see my doctor and my blood pressure was even higher than before, so she sent me to the emergency room. They gave me an IV of Labetalol which brought down my bp almost immediately. The ER doctor prescribed me Labetalol oral 100mg twice a day and instructed me to take that instead of the Clonidine, which was doing nothing but making me so exhausted that I could barely function. I felt very calm and much better after I left the hospital yesterday and my blood pressure remained under control the rest of the day. My bp last night was 132/80.
This morning I saw my doctor and again my bp was high despite taking the Labetalol. The lowest reading she got today was 148/110. When I got home this afternoon I took my bp and it was 176/112. I took another pill around 6:00 but the lowest reading I’ve gotten since then is 147/100. I don’t understand why I’m unable to get my blood pressure under control. I’m taking my medicine as directed, consuming as little sodium as possible, and trying to stay calm and not get stressed or upset. It’s becoming very frustrating though, not to mention worrisome. Any idea as to why I’m having such a hard time with this?