For the past couple of months, my blood pressure has been high. When I went to the doctor about a month ago for a sinus infection, it was 140-something over 117 or so. This was kind of alarming to me, as I'm only 21 and while I do have a family history of hypertension, no one has ever gotten it before their late 40's. My mom, who was just diagnosed recently, also drowns ALL of her food in salt, which I don't. I have been under significant stress lately juggling work almost full time, school full time, and coping with my fiance being deployed, but...that's definitely higher than I would expect.
So, the doctor asked ME why my bp was so high. (Uhhh, I don't know, isn't that kind of your department, lady?) I asked her if it could be because of my pill (OTC Lo), because I know that hormonal birth control can cause hypertension in some people. (My mother-in-law was one, and they didn't realize it until after she had a hysterectomy and started having dizzy spells due to being on medication after her bp went down on its own in absence of the HBP. Scary!)
Doctor said, and I quote, "I don't know. I have no idea."
She proceeded to tell me to come back in two weeks, and if it still high, she'd prescribe me medication. Hold on a minute! You want to prescribe me a permanent medication at the drop of a hat with zero investigation of alternatives? No thank you.
I didn't go back, but I did decide to take a break from my birth control since my fiance won't be back until May and I was on my last pack anyway. I've been off now for almost a month, and whenever I finally find time to make my yearly appointment at the health department (where I get my bc and exam), I will definitely be asking them about this.
In the mean time, lovely VPers, have any of you had any similar experience? If this blood pressure thing is due to my HBC, how long would it take after stopping for it to return to normal? If it's not, is this the sort of thing that it's customary to just prescribe medication for with no consideration of any cause? It kind of came up out of the blue, and I've had no diet or lifestyle changes recently, so it has me confused...
Thank you in advance, wonderful folks! (And thanks again for your fount of information on migraines in my last post! You are amazing!)