Stress Affects Blood Pressure

What’s the first thing the doctor does when you see him; he takes your blood pressure? If it’s high on a regularDoctor Taking Blood Pressure basis what does he do; he puts you on blood pressure medication? That’s exactly what happened to me in my early twenty’s, forty-three years ago, and I’ve been on blood pressure medication ever since. No one ever talked to me back then, on how to relieve the stress I was under, or how stress affects blood pressure; you just followed doctor’s orders.

Doctors Are Only Human


Don’t get me wrong, doctors are great and they save a lot of life’s, if it wasn’t for doctors the human race would not function properly, but doctors are only human, and at times do make mistakes. If I knew how to control stress and take care of the problems that already lingered in my system caused from earlier stress, I would not have to take blood pressure medication, and today my kidneys would be fine.

Experiment For Different Doctors


During my adult life, because of stress, my blood pressure was always high; I was put on various types of bloodMany Different Pills pressure medication. How many different types, I really don’t know; all I know is that I felt like an experiment for different doctors. They could never balance my blood pressure; it was always erratic.

Lost My Business


During the last thirteen years a lot of things happened to me; I lost my business, people in my family died, and I lost my wife. You would think my blood pressure would be off the charts because of this type of trauma in my life, but your wrong, it’s just the opposite; my blood pressure is back to normal and I’m slowly going off all medication!!!! YOU FIGURE IT OUT. I wish an experienced doctor in this field would read this paragraph and reply with an answer; the reasons are something I can only guess at.

Never Fully Under Control


Only recently, at the age of 63, did I find out I had Chronic Kidney problems caused by prolonged high blood pressure and various medications, no one knows which ones; during the last 40 years I’ve physically moved 15 times and experienced different doctors each time. My medication was changed many times during that period; my blood pressure was reduced at times but never fully under control.

Anyway, I’m not going to get into much detail at this time, but I now know for sure that stress affects blood pressure, which affected my kidneys.

 

I put this website together so we can help each other and share information. Comments would be greatly appreciated, the more we share our experiences, the quicker we can resolve issues and get closer to the truth; actual every day life experiences, I find, are better than theory.

 

Have a great day

 

Mike

 

Founder of www.stresstalks.com

 

Email: mike@stresstalks.com

11 Comments

  1. Chris

    I recently read an article about this with my partner and found their findings very interesting. It indicated that high blood pressure often runs in families and is more likely to affect men than women. It also seems to be more likely to happen in specific races (black over white!)

    • Mike

      Interesting that it varies in ethnic groups; do you remember where you found the article, I would be interested in reading it.

    • Hi Chris,
      I also read similar articles; it is well known that high blood pressure can run in families and more likely to affect men over women. I think it all starts with your chemical and mental makeup and how you handle bad stress in your life. Yes, it also affects races differently, not only black over white.

  2. Michael

    Hi,

    After reading your article, I could not imagine what if I myself have to go through all the things that you have gone through since your early 20s.

    You are a very strong heart person to be able to face all the obstacles in your life. My salute to you.

    I totally agree with you that stress really affects our blood pressure. However, back then, 20 to 30 years back, people does not really look at the way we live our life could actually affecting our health.

    Luckily, in the recent development of science, they now realized that medication only cannot help human to survive.

    A good life that includes our emotion and minds are now being extremely researched by scientist as a factor that influencing our health.

    • Mike

      Thanks for your comments; you are right; life is tough at times. You have to be mentally strong, with the right attitude.

      To me, prolonged bad stress in your everyday life, will determine your life cycle.

      If you’re an emotional person like I am, even though I don’t show it, you are most likely to develop health issues if you are exposed to bad stress for long periods of time.

      Medication has been proven to help high blood pressure, but what are the prolonged consequences of continually taking various types of mediation prescribed by different doctors, over a 40-year period?

      At times, doctors had me taking up to six different types of medication for high blood pressure, cholesterol, gout, and water retention. No one seems to care about my blurry vision, moods swings, lack of motivation, etc. etc. The many side effects I have to deal with.

      I’m continually testing myself to see what’s best for my body at my age. In the near future I might try going off all my medication at once; of course I’ll have to exercise and eat properly, which I should do anyway. I’m going to do this without doctor’s orders; don’t try it yourself.

      Once again, thank you for your comments.

      Mike

  3. Ian

    Wow, I didn’t know that high blood pressure can lead to kidney damage. Stress can cause a myriad of health problems. I suffer from PTSD so I’m very familiar with the long-term effects of stress on the body. I even developed Celiac disease from the prolonged stress I experienced throughout my life.

    • Mike

      For me prolonged high blood pressure damaged blood vessels in my kidneys, also I personally contribute damage to the various medications I was put on over a 40 year period.

  4. Nick

    I’ve heard that high blood pressure is pretty common in men who are considered “type A personality.” Both my Dad and my brother have high blood pressure, so maybe I’m at risk if it’s hereditary…

    I definitely try to reduce stress by exercising regularly, but sometimes you can’t help it when something bad happens at work or in your life.

    It sounds like you’ve been through a lot. It’s so weird that your blood pressure went DOWN after all that!

    • Mike

      Could you imagine how much worse stress would be in your life if you didn’t exercise regularly; I believe that stress lessens a lot if you exercise and eat properly. If your dad and brother have high blood pressure caused by stress, there’s a good possibility you are also at risk.

      I did go through a lot; I just found ways after a lot of experimenting to better control my high blood pressure. I’m always testing different methods and experimenting on myself.

  5. Adrian

    I didn’t realise that blood pressure medication could have such a negative effect on your kidneys. Because a doctor I saw some years ago wanted to put me on medication if my blood pressure rose any higher.

    That really concerned me a lot, so I decided to start running again after nearly 25 years, it wasn’t easy but I managed to get fit again.

    I did see the doctor again and my blood pressure had dropped which I felt it would but it was good to know it had. Deciding to get fit again and stay fit has been one of the best decisions I have made in recent years.

    So getting enough exercise does help me to handle stress a lot better and being fit does make a difference to my well-being and health.

    • Mike

      Hi Adrian,

      Sorry it took so long for me to get back to you; I was gone for a while. An area where the internet does not work.

      For me, I had so many doctors change my medication over the years, approx. 40 years, that I’m sure all the different types of medication I took were eventually harmful to my kidneys. I’m not blaming them, all they were trying to do was stabilize my blood pressure; everyone has a different chemical makeup and we all handle stress in different ways.

      Your right, exercise and eating right, for me, and for you, does help relieve stress and lower blood pressure. It also stabilizes your bodies chemical makeup; puts everything back to the right levels.

      I’m a firm believer based on my situation that if you exercise regularly, and eat right you can live a long and healthy life. You do not need medication to do this.

      Tom

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