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  • Posted By: daltogr
  • November 14, 2006
  • 09:32 AM

Since starting to take medication for high blood pressure I often get a pain/spasm sensation between my shoulder blades when running, which is accompanied by growing fatigue, to the extent that I have to stop running.

Due to the medication, stress, or some other cause?

Any ideas/help appreciated

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  • My dad is a runner w/ high blood pressure so I may be able to help. He had the same issue, the symptoms of the meds were worse than the the blood pressure so he wasn't happy with them and constantly asking the DR. for alternatives. After cycling through 3 pills, not only were the symptoms awful, but there was little to no improvement in the condition. The pills were interfering with his ability to exercise and the DR agreed that wasn't good for his longterm health.So, he tried the fourth alternative: A new diet! He had tried the high veg/low fat, but it wasn't working. The DR and I pushed him to cut hydrogenated fats (trans fat) and back off the baked goods (1 slice of bread with dinner instead of 3-4). In 3 months of that, he was back on the road runnin', and his BP was lower than it had been in years. No pills, no side-effects, just genuine good health.
    Azaral 152 Replies
    • November 14, 2006
    • 02:21 PM
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  • Dear Azaral, Many thanks for you prompt reply and sound common sense. I used to be a half decent runner (2.27 marathon and sub 32.00 10K in my late thirties still), but I'm now coming up to 59, and while I watch what I eat (to a degree) I'm a bit too fond of wine, with the result that I've been carrying around 15 pounds of excess baggage in recent years. I'm sure diet and exerccise is the way to go. Thanks again Graham
    daltogr 1 Replies
    • November 14, 2006
    • 02:37 PM
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  • Its not even the normal fats, its the hydrogenated ones you get from eating out, baked goods, and pre-cooked convenience foods. New York is trying to ban these lab-made fats from the restuarants there, and KFC responded by announcing it would drop the ingredient from all its stores within six months (except for the buscuits, guess they can't get those just right yet). So the good news is there's more info and awareness these days about the problem than there was before. The better news for my dad, is that he can continue to eat fried rice and steak and potatos as long as he watches what kinds of butter and soybean oil are in it.The wine should be a benefit, I think overall :o
    Azaral 152 Replies
    • November 14, 2006
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