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03-06-2010, 01:46 PM
I went to a new doctor 2 weeks ago just for a check-up and my blood pressure in the office was 160/85. My surgery is scheduled for June 15th. I have been keeping tabs on it for 2 weeks, checking morning and night, and the high has been 163/87 and the low 131/71. I am very reluctant to start on medication for this, since I don't want to deal with the side affects. I am a "health food nut," eat organic, lots of fruits and veggies, don't use salt, and hardly ever eat in restaurants since I like my own food better! I'm not convinced I can reduce this with dietary changes. I am currently going through a horrific divorce after 38 years of marriage and am on paxil, which I would have thought would have a calming effect.

I have been slim to underweight my whole life, so weight is not an issue. My present weight of 125 is the highest I've been since I was 25, and probably due to weight gain from the paxil.

Has anyone dealt with this problem before surgery? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated! All the best, Joy

03-06-2010, 03:31 PM
Stress, it does so much harm to our bodies! How long have you been on the paxil, Joy? If it's only recent, it may not fully be effective yet.

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03-06-2010, 04:24 PM
Hi Joy,
My primary care Doctor wanted me on blood pressure medicine before my surgery, but the Cardiologist I saw for my pre-op testing said it wasn't too high. After surgery, because I couldn't exercise enough, it went up to 160/70 so I decided it was time. I was started on Triamterene/HCTZ and have had absolutely no side effects and it brought my BP down within a month. Maybe I was lucky not to have side effects. Maybe it will work for you also.
Good luck, Sally

03-06-2010, 04:28 PM
Divorce and an operation coming up....STRESS!!! When I take pain medicine, it lowers my blood pressure a great deal. You should have a preop physical and the doctor would be best to determine if you need anything. The paxil might be adding to the high blood pressure.

03-06-2010, 05:49 PM

I'm sorry about all your stress. Good for you that you have such healthy habits. It has to be the divorce stress, don't you think? ((Hugs)) to you.

03-08-2010, 08:12 AM
I have high blood pressure which is controlled with meds. Currently on labetalol twice daily and have no side effects. The paxil is probably the culprit in raising your bp. They had some problems with my bp going sky high while in surgery but fortunately they were able to bring it down. It seemed to vacillate between very high and very low for some unknown reason. When they told me how high it went in surgery I was absolutely scared to death but fortunately it's ok with meds. I have also been on atenolol without side effects.:D