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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Hello Dr., My blood pressure is 154/93 with tightness in my upper abandomen. I have been on Benacar 40mg tabs for 1 week after changing from Losartan 50mg after 1 week's use.I am 45 yrs old, 6'4" and weigh 253 lbs.I have been drinking alcohol about 2 to 3 drinks per night, dipping Copenhagen daily, very stressed out from work and I ate pizza today.I am dehydrated from heavy drinking last night, I drank only one bottle of water during the day to re-hydrate but I have been drinnking water ever since I got home. I had a little bit of pot roast for dinner with potatoes and carrots. I feel hunger in my stomach but I also feel bloated in my stomach. Is my blood pressure too high and should I go see an emergency doctor. What would an emergency doctor do in a case of high blood pressure? Do they give you a shot to lower the blood pressure?
Thank you.
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   Dr XXXXXX here
User :   Hi Dr
Doctor :   Let me read what you have typed
User :   Ok
Doctor :   Since how long are you taking BP medications? What symptoms are you having right now other than tightness in abdomen?
User :   Breathing is a little tight. Meaning, I have to work a little harder to get a full breath of air. I have been on MBP meds just over 2 weeks now.
User :   No other symptoms.
User :   I have a BP device at home to meaure my BP
Doctor :   Are you having any chest pain or tightness or any breathlessness.?Do you have belching or bloating?
User :   I have belching and bloating. I have tightness but no breathlessness
Doctor :   When was the last BP measured and what was it?
User :   No chest pain
User :   154/93 taken 20 minutes ago
Doctor :   It seems like a heart burn or excessive gas formation due to dehydration, alcohol and pizza.
User :   I took a metamucil 1 hr ago and 3 bayer aspirin 30 mins ago
User :   I see.
Doctor :   You can take Tums tablet right now.
User :   Very interesting symptoms especially with the tightness and breathing.
User :   I see
Doctor :   Have lots of water, do not take alcohol any more.
Doctor :   Keep recording the BP every hour.
User :   OK. I dont have any Tums but I have a "pink bismuth"
Doctor :   Keep eating fruits and veggies, avoid any kind of junk and fried food, it may aggravate the symptoms
Doctor :   Is it the liquid form?
User :   pill form
Doctor :   Ok have it
User :   OK
User :   What about the BP?
Doctor :   Do you have any other like GAS X
User :   Not at the moment. There is a store right across the street, HEB grocery store.
Doctor :   The upper limit of the BP is some what increased but it an be due to stress and exertion
User :   OK, so I have no Heart Attack or Stroke potentiall from this BP?
Doctor :   Keep recording it every hour and if symptoms like chest pain , breathlessness or sudden shoot of BP is there then you need to go to emergency.
User :   OK
Doctor :   By the symptoms what you have explained it does not seem like
Doctor :   Do you have any other symptoms like increased sugar or cholesterol?
User :   I do take 20 mg Lipitor every morning. I did eat a handful of candy corn when I got home from work because I was hungry.
User :   I do love sweets. Should I stay awat from sweets?
User :   I have not eaten much dinner tonight.
Doctor :   Ok, it is fine. When were your last sugar checked?
User :   Last year with my yearly checkup. I am over due for my check up.
Doctor :   Being empty stomach and not eating properly also contributes to gas formation.
User :   I see
Doctor :   Ok get them checked regularly. Also you need not stay away from sugar but have it in moderate amount and do regular exercises.
User :   OK
Doctor :   For immediate relief from this bloating you can also have a cup of cold milk.
User :   Ahh, I See. That is very good to know, Doctor.
User :   I will go to the store and get the meds too that you suggested.
Doctor :   Ok better. Take any medication empty stomach.
Doctor :   Is there anything else you would like to know?
User :   Thank you Doctor. That is all for now. I greatlyl appreciate your expertise!
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me, bye for now
Doctor :   Take Care
Doctor :   Wishing you Good Health
User :   Will do. Bye for now Take Care. Thank you. I will do better and take great care of my health.
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