I was recently (middle last year) diagnosed with hypertension (140~160/90~110). Was a regular blood donor for 3 years, so BP was a sudden one. It is pretty stubborn. Am currently on Norvasc (Amlodipine) 10mg, and Diovan (Valsartan) 160 mg.
Doctors are sure it isnt essential hypertension because I dont have family history, my BMI is 21.0 and I was 20 when diagnosed (last year). But nobody knows what is wrong.
I tested negative for Pheochromocytoma, Conn's, Cushings, Heart Problems, Renal Artery Stenosis, Kidney problems and Thyroid function is normal.
My aldosterone reading is normal although my Renin levels are high, at 17.0 (Range is 0.2-2.8).
Now I have pretty bad Tremors, mostly concentrated on my left side. Was recently started on Inderal (Propranolol) 40mg, which is also a Beta-Blocker. So technically, am on 3 BP medications, but my BP can still go shooting.
I also seem to be tired all the time. And my left leg keeps getting pins-and-needles, for no apparent reason.
One doctor wants me tested for Porphyria. But I have no severe abdominal pain.
Does anyone have any advice? Can it be secondary hypertension? Any similar experience? I'm tired of seeing doctors and them sending me for horrible tests.
Thanks a million!