Do You Always Follow Your Doctor's Advice?

@acelawrites (10386)
Philippines
July 23, 2017 8:25am CST
My doctor blamed me for not taking my maintenance medicine for hypertension after I suffered a mild stroke last week. All along, I was confident that I need not take the meds for hypertension because I had my daily 30-minute exercise , and was conscious of my diet. But during my birthday celebration with my family, I was tempted to eat roasted pork skin, and roasted chicken, also with the skin! I did not know that it raised my cholesterol level, and the next day,I woke up so dizzy! That was the first time I experienced it! My husband rushed me to the hospital, where we found out my BP rose to 160/100. So I was confined for two days! My doctor blamed me for being so hard-headed! Do you also take maintenance meds and always follow your doctor?
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• Lakewood, Colorado
23 Jul
Oh dear sorry to hear of your stroke. Yes I guess one should take the meds. I do listen. But my grown son does not. I fear for him. He too has very high blood pressure.
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@acelawrites (10386)
• Philippines
23 Jul
It taught me a lesson; but after this, I will go back to my exercise routine and take some alternative means to lower my cholesterol level. Avoid pork and fatty foods. I hope your son will listen to you.
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• Lakewood, Colorado
23 Jul
@acelawrites I wish you success my friend. Yes my son's health is a great concern to me. Sadly, he is grown, so I cannot input. What were the symptoms of your stroke if you do not mind me asking? I am convinced my son has had one and has not gone to the doc.
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@acelawrites (10386)
• Philippines
23 Jul
@TiarasOceanView I felt some numbness on my left arm, then was so dizzy I wanted to vomit and I do not want to smell bad odors! (like when I was pregnant!) Also some headache! So I was asked to undergo a CT scan (head scan) and there they found it!
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@sharon6345 (101081)
• United States
23 Jul
No but normally I do. I stopped my pain meds due to weight gain and memory loss.I won't take them again.
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@acelawrites (10386)
• Philippines
23 Jul
I also do not like to take so many medicines; so I will try some alternative means; but in the meantime, I am taking her prescriptions until my next check up after three months.
@dragon54u (31292)
• United States
23 Jul
I take my meds for hypertension religiously. Nothing I do seems to make it go down. I watch my diet and avoid sodium, I walk as much around the house as possible but because of my scoliosis (crooked back) and arthritis I can't walk far without pain. I avoid soda, drink lots of water. But if I miss a dose that BP skyrockets right up there. Sometimes I have to take half a tablet more as the regular dose sometimes doesn't keep it down. So you, I do what my doctor says for it because I don't want to have a stroke. I hope you get better soon! Next time you think you don't need a medication ask your doctor before you quit. Our bodies can fool us into thinking one thing while they are doing another!
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@acelawrites (10386)
• Philippines
23 Jul
You are right, we have to be very careful lest there will be a fatal stroke. It is better to have those laboratory tests like knowing the levels of cholesterol. Also diet and regular exercise.
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@dragon54u (31292)
• United States
23 Jul
@acelawrites It's not the fatal stroke that I dread. At 63, I'm quite ready to die whenever that happens. It's a stroke that makes me a burden to others that I dread! I'm sure you do, too. So take care!
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@acelawrites (10386)
• Philippines
27 Jul
@dragon54u I agree, we do not want to be a burden to our families.
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@jobelbojel (4276)
• Philippines
24 Jul
It is important to follow what the doctor instructed me.
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@acelawrites (10386)
• Philippines
27 Jul
Yes, it is important. Thanks for your reply.
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• Philippines
27 Jul
@acelawrites you are welcome.
@MGjhaud (20822)
• Philippines
23 Jul
If it's really needed, I will. I've had instances that I would never buy what was prescribed to me. Instead, I would result to living a healthier lifestyle.
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@acelawrites (10386)
• Philippines
23 Jul
I do not want to take synthetic meds; but for emergency cases, it has to be done;otherwise, when I returned to normal blood pressure levels; I will go on alternative means.
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@MGjhaud (20822)
• Philippines
23 Jul
That makes sense. Take care of yourself and get well soon.
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@Courtlynn (42265)
• United States
23 Jul
No, because they arent always right. Least not my doctor.
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@Courtlynn (42265)
• United States
23 Jul
@acelawrites I'm talking in general, about their advice not medicine.
@DianneN (54699)
• United States
23 Jul
Oh, my goodness! I'm so sorry you had a stroke!!! Not good! Be sure to take all meds prescribed by your doctor. They say that hypertension is a silent disease, so I wouldn't take any chances.
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@acelawrites (10386)
• Philippines
23 Jul
Thanks for your concern. Yes, it made me correct that mindset of not taking maintenance meds; but now I am so conscious, I always have our BP monitor and is taking the prescribed meds for 3 months.
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@DianneN (54699)
• United States
23 Jul
@acelawrites Excellent news!!!!
@Corbin5 (74003)
• United States
23 Jul
I do not take any maintenance meds. Glad you are OK now. Whew. I usually follow what my doctor recommends, unless he prescribes something I can buy over-the-counter, like cough medicine.
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@acelawrites (10386)
• Philippines
23 Jul
That was my mistake, I refused to take chemical meds saying I don't feel anything bad in my body and I felt so healthy because I used to sweat a lot from my morning walks and biking; also I was so conscious of what I was eating!
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@Kandae11 (23440)
23 Jul
With hypertension and high cholesterol - if you are not taking the meds you can't afford to slip up and eat anything you want. Pork skin and chicken skin is bad even for those without those conditions - development could occur later in life.
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@acelawrites (10386)
• Philippines
23 Jul
That is true, lesson learned! Taking maintenance meds is a better precaution if we could not avoid eating some unhealthy foods.