We live in a strange world where some times we share personal information and sometimes we don't and sometimes it is a problem and sometimes not. There are those that will say I should not have said I was diabetic in a previous blog post.
To be honest, I find the lack of information, and/or overwhelming information, on the Internet to be an issue when facing some of the challenges of growing older and more broken over time. So I hope these occasional health related blog posts can be of interest to those who find themselves in the same boat as me in the future.
For a little while I have been on some blood pressure medications. I was originally not at all keen on this, but apparently high blood pressure is a "silent killer" and so it is important. The thing that swayed me was when I realised that my higher blood pressure was actually related to some headaches. I found I could not drink more than a certain amount without suffering with a crippling headache all night - nothing like simple de-hydration, and very binary - below a certain level was fine, above it was agony. Being a tad scientific I got an optic for my whisky bottle so as to understand how much I was drinking, and over time the amount I could "safely" drink got lower. Only when I was put on blood pressure medication did I realise the connection - some Perindopril and now Ramipril made all the difference. But over the years things have progressed, and so something more was needed.
I was put on Indapamide 2.5mg which works somewhat differently, and, well, works well on the blood pressure - too well in some ways! I have my first review of this with the diabetic nurse this week, and we'll see what she says - I'll add to this post.
Yes, I can drink what I like, but there have been a few odd effects. To start with, as they suggested, a lot more going to the loo, but that settled down. Headaches for a couple of weeks, but that has cleared up. Initially blood pressure somewhat all over the place, nearly passed out at one point. Again, settled down.
Overall, after a few weeks all I am left with is issues with low blood pressure (100/70) which mean standing up quickly, running up stairs and cycling up hill, are causing me problems. I hope we can address this with review of the medication and dosage.
But there is one really weird change - my blood sugar rising (one of the listed symptoms) meaning I have gone from 38 units a day to 56 units (so far) to try and address high blood sugar some of the day. However, oddly, I am actually finding myself much more awake and "with it" all day now, and sleeping just as well at night.
So overall, if you are put on Indapamide, I would say you may well have a few weeks of hassle in various ways. I got through quite a lot of ibuprofen in the first few weeks, but overall, it really works.
I hope this post was of some use...
Update: They don't have 1.25mg available, but do have a combined perindopril 5mg and 1.25mg indapamide combination - so trying that. Wish me luck :-)