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My Dr told me to stop exercising...

Posted by on Aug. 29, 2013 at 6:06 PM
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My bp reading was initially 175/115 this morning. They kept me at the DR's office to be able to keep testing it. After 2 hours and a handful of stress reducing exercises it went down to 165/110.

I've been under an incredible amount of stress lately and working out has been my lifeline. However, the Dr has told me to take a rest again because my body cannot handle it. She went so far as to suggest that I quit my job because it is too much. I can't afford to up and quit, but I am looking for another.

All in all I'm being put onto antidepressants, anxiety, and heart medication. I don't know what to do I feel like I should be out for a run right now. Maybe I should be less concerned with that, and more concerned about my health. But the only time I feel I have a clear mind is when I work out.
by on Aug. 29, 2013 at 6:06 PM
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Sweet_Punk
by on Aug. 29, 2013 at 7:18 PM
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I'd get a 2nd opinion. Medication isn't necessarily the answer to all of that and exercise has proven to reduce stress, blood pressure, etc. 

BabyRuca
by on Aug. 29, 2013 at 7:25 PM
I told her that I was confused because I'd always heard exercise was great for people with high bp. She said that is the case for those with prehypertension and even some moderate cases of stage 1 hypertension, but I was giving results of stage 2 hypertension and am at a very high risk for heart attack or stroke. That because it is so high, my body can not handle strenuous work outs.

For the last year I've been running 3x's a week (2 miles at least,) cross training everyday I don't workout except for one rest day a week. But I have been having chest pains as well that we are concerned about as well.

I've never been on meds before so I am baffled, I told her I was apprehensive about it and I am going back on Tuesday for another bp reading, doing some readings at home too to see if it goes down or if it is always so high.


Quoting Sweet_Punk:

I'd get a 2nd opinion. Medication isn't necessarily the answer to all of that and exercise has proven to reduce stress, blood pressure, etc. 


cad1972
by Member on Aug. 29, 2013 at 7:41 PM
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I would get a 2nd opinion as well!! Anytime it comes to something that serious it's always best to get a 2nd look at things. I would for now take it easy maybe just a walk not a run... and no cross training.

BabyRuca
by on Aug. 29, 2013 at 8:20 PM
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I have an aunt that is retired. She used to be a nurse so I am going to talk go her about it as my 2nd opinion.

The Dr advised against my doing anything even walking because I'm already doing too much at work. I'm a warehouse manager and she told me to quit my job. I thought that was kind of funny because who can just up and quit their jobs like that? I asked her if she was hiring lol. But seriously I told her I have been looking for a different job already, but can't quit without a back up to fall on. So for now, no walking. She even told me to get dh to do more around the house and with ds to let me relax haha. Oh, the utopia she must live in!


Quoting cad1972:

I would get a 2nd opinion as well!! Anytime it comes to something that serious it's always best to get a 2nd look at things. I would for now take it easy maybe just a walk not a run... and no cross training.


cc5112
by Member on Aug. 29, 2013 at 8:30 PM
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I agree with pp and get a second opinion. Also, have you tried yoga? It's not high impact or strenuos so there is no high cardiac outpt demand like running. It can help with your depression and especially anxiety. 

BabyRuca
by on Aug. 29, 2013 at 8:35 PM
I've never tried yoga before, but I will definitely ask her about that when I go back on Tuesday! I can't believe I didn't think of that. It's not exactly something I've felt too interested in before, but it is definitely better than nothing.


Quoting cc5112:

I agree with pp and get a second opinion. Also, have you tried yoga? It's not high impact or strenuos so there is no high cardiac outpt demand like running. It can help with your depression and especially anxiety. 


CorpCityGrl
by Bronze Member on Aug. 29, 2013 at 8:44 PM
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Yoga!  It's low impact and a great way to relieve stress.

I would go and see a specialist and get a second opinion, however, I CAN also see where the doctor's concerns are.  It sounds like your health issues are compounded and don't stem from just one thing.  He may be afraid that by adding a cardio workout, you will be over-taxing your body which is already at its limit.  I know it's easier said than done, but you should take steps to try to get your health under control and start re-prioritizing.  My mother had issues like that and reducing stress greatly helped her out - she did this by stepping back from work and creating hard boundaries and my father made huge efforts to distract her and do things like take her to beach and on weekends just to de-stress and de-compress.

BabyRuca
by on Aug. 29, 2013 at 9:03 PM
I'm definitely looking for ways to dim the stress down. Most of it is from work. I've been looking for another job because the one I have is so physically and mentally demanding that I'm high strung about it all the time.


Quoting CorpCityGrl:

Yoga!  It's low impact and a great way to relieve stress.


I would go and see a specialist and get a second opinion, however, I CAN also see where the doctor's concerns are.  It sounds like your health issues are compounded and don't stem from just one thing.  He may be afraid that by adding a cardio workout, you will be over-taxing your body which is already at its limit.  I know it's easier said than done, but you should take steps to try to get your health under control and start re-prioritizing.  My mother had issues like that and reducing stress greatly helped her out - she did this by stepping back from work and creating hard boundaries and my father made huge efforts to distract her and do things like take her to beach and on weekends just to de-stress and de-compress.


tairakittie
by Member on Aug. 29, 2013 at 10:14 PM
I love yoga!! It will have you sweating and get your heart rate up, but just slightly, and it still tones your muscles, just low impact!!
calsmom62
by on Aug. 29, 2013 at 10:36 PM
i think some of. our employees have your dr. we have gotten notes from drs saying employee x should quit job... hope you can figure out how to manage your hypertension.


Quoting BabyRuca:

I have an aunt that is retired. She used to be a nurse so I am going to talk go her about it as my 2nd opinion.



The Dr advised against my doing anything even walking because I'm already doing too much at work. I'm a warehouse manager and she told me to quit my job. I thought that was kind of funny because who can just up and quit their jobs like that? I asked her if she was hiring lol. But seriously I told her I have been looking for a different job already, but can't quit without a back up to fall on. So for now, no walking. She even told me to get dh to do more around the house and with ds to let me relax haha. Oh, the utopia she must live in!




Quoting cad1972:

I would get a 2nd opinion as well!! Anytime it comes to something that serious it's always best to get a 2nd look at things. I would for now take it easy maybe just a walk not a run... and no cross training.



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