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Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   Hello???
User :   I have been waiting for a while now and paid for 24 hours is anyone actually working this site anymore?
User :   Hello???
Doctor :   hi
Doctor :   how can i help you
User :   hello
User :   Hello, I just wanted to ask a question today. I am 37 years old and I am taking a very low dose of Lisinopril only 2.5 mg which seems to work well for me when I try and make sure I take it everyday without missing. They did a quick EKG on me in the doctors office about a month or so ago. EKG seemed fine but I was experiencing on occassion low pulse rate into the 40-50's but only on occassion. Lately things seem to be okay overall with the BP and the pulse in the 60's 70's.
Doctor :   yes, tell me your concern
User :   Today I was mowing the lawn outside and was using a push mower that has a motorized wheel when you hold down the lever but it still takes a bit to push it along and I have a decent size yard. I was mowing for a long while probably a few hours non-stop so I think I may have just over-exerted myself. I got very tired and had to stop mowing and my left hand and arm started getting very numb mostly my hand. I was pretty much done so I stopped and went inside. Took my BP and it was up to about 153 over 93 with a pulse rate of 135. I tried to relax and took a shower which now it seems my BP is down to 119 over 84 with my pulse still coming down around 91 now. Should I be alarmed at all based on the numbness as my left hand is still a little numb, maybe it was the mower vibration after a while that did it but I did feel pretty over-exerted and had to stop and take a few deep breathes to relax
Doctor :   ok,
Doctor :   is the numbness still there?
User :   getting better actually
Doctor :   are sure it was only numbness not pain?
User :   but it seemed to come on right when I felt very exerted and had to stop and take a few breathes
User :   just numbness
Doctor :   was there sweating?
User :   ya but normal I think just based on doing so much outside
Doctor :   so was on both side and more on leftside?
User :   just the left
User :   mostly in the hand up to the arm a little
User :   as I relaxed it was more in the hand
Doctor :   any difficulty with breathing?
Doctor :   was the pulse regular
User :   not really difficulty I think just needed to take a few breathes as I was exerted
User :   pulse was pretty high
Doctor :   ok
User :   i am guessing might have been around 150's at that time
User :   It was 135-140 when I came inside and took my BP
Doctor :   150... was regular?
User :   no it was 150 when I was mowing and going back and forth for a while
User :   pushing the mower around
Doctor :   any dizziness
User :   a little bit not too much
Doctor :   did you experence like this any time before?
User :   only when I felt like I was doing too much
Doctor :   ok, not to worry
Doctor :   do oyu have diabetes?
User :   no but I got another question that happened on a trip to europe about 4 weeks ago now with the wife
User :   probably totally unrelated but want to bring it up
Doctor :   ok,
User :   I went to the airport got a burger at a place to eat and got on the plane
Doctor :   ok
User :   we were on the plane and I fell asleep and woke up about 1.5 hours into the flight or so
Doctor :   ok
User :   they put the food down for us for dinner, I took one bite of the roll and all of a sudden I got very nautious and started feeling horrible, sweating like crazy skin was totally pale. I got up because I thought I was going to get sick. Went to the back of the plane and asked the stewardess where the bathroom was and totally collapsed
User :   hit my head off the back of this wall and they of course called for a doctor or nurse
User :   I never totally lost consciousness
User :   I think sort of blacked out for a minute and was on the floor
User :   they took my BP and it was okay nothing unnormal for the most party
User :   part
Doctor :   ok
User :   the nurse was watching me and after talking for a while I still did not feel that well, she thought maybe I got food poisoning
User :   or I was coming down with a bad stomach virus and my stomach was messed up for a few days
Doctor :   yes , that could be related food or hypoglycemia
User :   could have been a combination of falling asleep and the Lisinopril and someing bad I ate
User :   so I have some concerns such as should I even be on this low dose at 2.5 mg as sometimes it does drop my BP too low a little
User :   or like you said could diabetes or something be coming on etc
User :   or heart related which I am guessing not really based on the EKG etc. but my doc said maybe at some point they will do a holter monitor
Doctor :   could be falling of bp, or diabetes, or closed campartment syndrome, like that
User :   no diabetes or heart problems in the family overall
Doctor :   thats ok
Doctor :   when was the last ecg done
User :   6 weeks ago or so
Doctor :   if you have this symptom like this you can your drug
Doctor :   go for one more ecg and if needed echo
User :   ok
Doctor :   was treadmil test done for you?
User :   no
Doctor :   treadmill will asses how your heart responds when you are in excersion.
User :   okay i will ask for this
Doctor :   it can also give a idea of the heart capacity to cope with you work
Doctor :   if lisnopril is not working , you can go for substitute
User :   okay I think this is a good idea based on I was just wondering if the plane what happened and this stuff related at all. One thing is when I run which I dont exercise much often but when I do I feel fine.
Doctor :   or one more drug addition
User :   ok will do
User :   thanks for your time I appreciate it
Doctor :   ok, brisk walking is best
Doctor :   what is your weight?
User :   sounds good. Ya taking the BP medicine I was very against at first and still not convinved it wont cause me problems in the future. I am 5'4 short guy weight 140 lbs.
User :   I have a type A personality so I get stressed a lot and that is what I really feel keeps my BP up
Doctor :   ok,
User :   but I guess the risk of having the BP stay high during the day vs taking the medicine I guess it better right
Doctor :   ya, try some relaxation exercise
User :   what I need to do better is take my BP medicine same time everyday as well
Doctor :   do you smoke,
Doctor :   alcohol
User :   I miss it a few hours and have on occassion completley missed it and wait until the next day
User :   I worry I have to take it right as it might be coming up and down and that is not good
User :   I dont smoke
Doctor :   yes , sametime is good
User :   i do drink socially and plan on cutting down
Doctor :   thats ok
User :   i am sure the drinking with the lisinopril is not a good thing
User :   that I know I have to cut down on
Doctor :   yes, not good with liso
User :   yes and I have done my fair share of it such as when I was on vacation etc. and I know that might be dangerous to do. I dont feel the BP coming to low is an issue overall but I am afraid not good for my organs if I am doing that
User :   like drinking 6-8 beers or something on a weekend night after taking that on the AM. I need to cut down on that
Doctor :   yes, its beter to cut down
User :   okay sounds good thanks for your time
Doctor :   any other concerns
User :   I really appreciate it, I will follow-up with my doctor
Doctor :   great,
Doctor :   take care
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