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Running & Genetics ~ or why Ang hasn't been running.

I thought I would just sit down and type up what's been going on with me. It hardly pales in comparison to some injuries that are going on right now with Karen, Julie, Leyton.....But mine isn't an injury, and in a way it has hit me harder than any other injury I've had.

When I got back from vacation in early March I hit it hard again with the usual running, spin class, and the boot camp class I was taking before vacation. As you know I tend to thrive on all these hard workouts and love the energy I get from them. It fits my spasctic personality well.

So, I started right back up and almost within the first week noticed that I wasn't doing as well with it all. My body wasn't responding like it should. It felt like it was working too hard internally, I wasn't able to recover from sprints, intervals, drills in boot camp. The teacher one class even stopped me and asked what was wrong. The month of March was this way. I kept telling Hill that something was wrong. I also felt like I was dragging ~ like I did about 5 year ago when I was positive for Mono (for 3 Years!) Not kidding on that fact~ more on that later.

The beginning of April I happened to have my yearly physcial and my doc is a friend. She asked how the running etc. was going and I told her it wasn't. I was having to take a day off to recover from a 5 mile run and couldn't tolerate more than one workout a day. She said she'd draw some labs. Then she checked my BP and the answer was discovered.

It was 154/98 ~ I usually am a 100/60 kind of gal. I was dumbfounded. I had never in my life suspected this. I had Hill check it later that night and it was still up. I saw my Internist after that weekend ~ still up. So after a bettery of heart tests I was cleared from a cardiac standpoint. I was then sent to a renal specialist because the kidneys have a huge influence of BP. All labs were normal ~ of course. The only question left to answer was family history.

Now, I know you are thinking, "Why doesn't Ang know her family history?" Well, despite having a daughter and 2 son-in-laws that are physicians, my parents are the kind of people who either don't go to the doctor, or ignore what they are told when they do. If you take enough herbs you are healthy despite being over weight and sedentary. So after a phone call it was confirmed that my father is borderline hypertensive and my mom has been untreated for maybe 15 years! FOR REAL!!!! So, my genetics has kicked in.

This was a huge mental blow for me. I have always been the most health conscious person in my family, the others laugh at me and have even told me I will die early from running! For me to get high BP totally pissed me off. But in my usual respone, once I know something is wrong I want it fixed.

I wasn't able to run while they were doing the testing, as I wasn't on meds yet. I have been on them now for about a month. The first one worked well.....if only I hadn't had an allergic reaction to it! The second one didn't seem to work at all, so it wasn't a big deal that I had a reaction to it! The third one is seeming to work as we up it slowly to get me back to my 100/60 state. The systolic is coming down nicely but the diastolic is stubborn. I am wanting it down faster than they are willing to do it. I offered that I would up it on my own and when I passed out we'd know I was at the right dose minus a few mg's! LOL. I am encouraged to have a decrease of anything and to be able to run again has helped immensely. So I am slowly coming back to running. 6 weeks off cuts a huge hole in your fitness level and then there is the Mono to deal with......Back to that story from the start of the post.

Yes, as if God were wanting to laugh at me, my Mono test is now again positive. Now, the only symptoms I ever have with this is the extreme fatigue. Same as back when I had it for 3 years. The past 2 years have tested negative. The infectious disease doctor says that the chronic marker labs are all positive and this is something I will likely deal with forever. It is my mutant form of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. If it is like the last time it will wax and wane and I will just have to play it by ear as far as how much activity I tolerate. I can deal with that as long as I can keep the BP where it needs to be. That is the issue with long term consequences if left unchecked.

So, what have I learned from this? Well, I am grateful for being active because if I wasn't I might be one of the hundreds of thousands of people who have high BP ~ many of whom don't know it. There is a reason they call it the silent killer. I guess I was lucky to be working out hard and having it affect me.? I also learned that I feel sorry for those who take their health for granted as they are the ones who very well may have their first symptom of something be death. I am trying to adjust to a low salt diet as a precaution and I should try to drop about 10 pounds. I am in my usual 135-138 range, but the less you carry the better off you are....unless of course you go too extremes on the low side, but no worries, I like food way too much to have that happen.

Over all, I am content to run as I can, not worry about speed and times, and not fret over whether I'll do another marathon or not. It's more to me to be running and healthy again. To live long and prosper is more than just a Star Trek saying! HOw was that for a corny ending?!

Thanks for letting me ramble on......

A

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Thanx for sharing Angie! I was wondering if something was up, glad it seems to be under control. You have had more than your fair share of injuries/illnesses. Praying for ya.


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One of the worst things is that during this and not being able to tolerate working out I was feeling really old. I never feel my age and it sucked to feel worse than my age. I prefer to feel like I'm 12 forever ;)

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Wow, Angie, that's a bummer! But it sounds like you've got a plan for dealing with it and hopefully you can get back to doing the things you love. Running, I mean, not farting.

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It's good to get some answers, then you know what to do and what not to do. Thanks for sharing. What BP med are you on now and what were the ones that didn't work out if you don't mind me asking?


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Thanks Bill, I'll keep doing BOTH of those certain things I love to do ;)

Leon~ the first one they gave me was an ACE inhibitor; Lisinopril. It brought the pressure down nicely. I reacted to that one first~ awful rash that was tiny blisters and SO itchy. The second one was an ARB ~ similar to an ACE but the pathway of action a bit different. Also had the rash with that one. I am not on Hydrchlorothiazide (HCTZ) 25 mg per day. The diastolic is still running in the mid to upper 80's quite often. I am not sure how much they'll up that one before adding a different class ~ Ca++ Channel Blockers (Norvasc). They are avoiding Beta Blockers for me if at all possible as they don't allow you to exercise much due to keeping the heart rate low. So hopefully this HCTZ will kick in and work better soon.

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Sorry to hear this Angie, but I was also fascinated by your post since, as may have mentioned before, I have high BP that was only diagnosed recently.  My doctor and I spent months trying to figure it out, but ultimately the only conclusion he came to was it was genetic, perhaps since I had one grandparent who had it as well.

The only good news was he said that running is probably saving my life.   I'm on Lisinopril which seems to work, but I truly loathe having to take any medication regularly.  

My heart (no pun intended) goes out to you with the mono though as high BP plus chronic fatigue sounds like a tough combination, especially since I know you're typically a high energy person by nature.

I'm at least glad you have a diagnosis, and am happy to hear you're doing some running again, whatever the speed or distance.

  

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Wow - you've been thru a lot. I am glad to hear you are on the road to recovery. I once had an episode (probably15 yrs ago) where I wasn'tworking and just after vacuuming the living room(for example) I remember how it wiped me out and I had to take a nap break. Never really found out what it was, but thru blood tests I had learned that I have a false positive on one of the tests for lupus, so I have an above average chance of getting it. So far - it seems I am ok.

I hope you are back upto your regular routine soon.


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Kevin A (NYC) Wrote:

Sorry to hear this Angie, but I was also fascinated by your post since, as may have mentioned before, I have high BP that was only diagnosed recently.  My doctor and I spent months trying to figure it out, but ultimately the only conclusion he came to was it was genetic, perhaps since I had one grandparent who had it as well.

The only good news was he said that running is probably saving my life.   I'm on Lisinopril which seems to work, but I truly loathe having to take any medication regularly.  


 



Kevin, I know we have talked about your BP before. It's such a weird thing but I am glad my doctors did what was necessary to see if there was an underlying cause (heart or kidneys). It does make me feel safer in that, with it being treated the risks associated with it will be lessened. Also in many cases of high BP there isn't even a genetic reason for it ~ it is just something that happens. And I agree fully with the running on saving your life. I feel the same in my case. Oh, and I REALLY wish I hadn't reacted to the Lisinopril! It worked SO WELL and I think if I was able to take it I'd be back to my 100/60 by now. This morning it was 120/90!!!! I HATE THAT NUMBER!!!

For any of you who don't know what your BP is or what is considered high ~ the latest recommendations by the American Medical Association is that anything above 120/80 is hypertensive!!! This USED to be considered normal but increased knowledge has shown this is considered the "gateway" to high BP. When left untreated you are at a big risk for stroke, heart disease and renal disease. So know your BP folks.

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I have the high blood pressure too. I take 25mg HCTZ/day. Damn heart! I am working on punishing it! I routinely beat the crap out of it 60-90 minutes at a time! It will rue the day!


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