So I’ve never had high blood pressure. That is until 2 years ago.
My blood pressure was always perfect. It was so perfect it was under 120/80. It only started getting slightly above 120/80 after I went for my postpartum checkup after my second child was born (she’s 8 now).
My OBGYN at the time just stated keep an eye on it and that was that.
Each year I had a regular physician check up, even then it wasn’t bad at all. Then out of nowhere it started getting to about the 140/90 range and that’s when it became a concern. However, all my other numbers (like cholesterol, etc) – perfect!
Hmm…so what triggered this blood pressure spike…who knows. No high blood pressure runs in my family. I am 5ft 110 pounds so it wasn’t because of my weight.
Was it diet? I was never one to eat a whole lot of fast food (but I did have my and all of America’s share of McDonald’s french fries, sorry they were addicting). And when I was pregnant, if I didn’t eat what I wanted when I wanted forget it; morning sickness, afternoon sickness, you name it.
Was it stress? Really, like I’ve never been stressed out all the other years of my life!!!!
Well, whatever the reason was I wanted to get to the bottom of it.
So once my blood pressure started creeping up guess what the first thing out of my doctor’s mouth was? You guessed it…blood pressure medication. Are you kidding me? You’re not even going to suggest diet and other lifestyle changes first? Just go straight to the drugs huh???
Well, my answer to her was of course, no. Oh wait it was actually NO! For those of you that know me I have been in the clinical research field for enough time now to know to say no to drugs.
So needless to say I went to find another doctor. I found one that practiced both traditional medicine and Chinese medicine. Great, I hit the jackpot…or so I thought.
What do you think she suggested to me? Yep, same thing. You have got to be kidding me. This is absolutely ridiculous. Why are drugs the first thing a doctor turns to? I’m starting to think they don’t care anymore. That is until I found my current naturopathic doctor. She is wonderful!
She is great! I told her my whole story and from day one she’s understood. So far she’s given me a customized herbal tea and tonic, along with a couple of herbal supplements. It took some adjustments here and there to figure the best time for me to take which item at what time, but it was worth it. I started noticing a difference.
Also what I added to my life was a little more me time. I already would take time out for myself (you have to be selfish sometimes), but I took more.
So you’re wondering how I’m doing with the blood pressure? Read the next post here.