Morning. I'm new here, excuse long first post.
GP saw I had raied blood pressure ( 180-200 over 100- 120) over 2 years ago but didn't mention it or take any action.
Last summer I began to feel very unwell. Exhaustion, shortness of breath, loss of balance, dizziness when standing still, brain fog, confusion. ECG and chest X-ray showed nothing. Goitre noticed and scan of that showed nodules but neither GP nor endocrinologist interested in doing anything.
Private blood tests showed low B12 ( lifelong vegetarian) and with support from Pernicious Anaemia support group I self inject and all the symptoms ( even the ones I hadn't noticed like tinnitus, blurred vision, pins and needles) all went except for tiredness.
However blood pressure has got worse. Tried several meds from GP Ramipril ( caused migraines) Lisinopril ( ok on 2.5mg but didn't lower BP sufficiently, awful reaction to 5mg--- chest pain, breathing problems, vomiting , migraine, ) GP told me to take a break from meds, no other suggestion apart from cut out salt, exercise more, which I'd do if I wasn't so damned tired all the time.
I've never smoked, haven't drunk alcohol for years ( migraines) Don't eat ready meals, crisps, salted nuts etc. Drink decaf tea.
I'm trying hibiscus tea, I've got beetroot juice in but not been able to face it yet.
Could goitre/ possibly low thyroid hormones ( in range but at low end of range) contribute to BP.
I'm 62, never been ill until this lady 2 years but have no idea where to go from here. Private doctor maybe?
Sorry about long post, grateful for any advice.