How Scary is This?

By jshu43 Latest Reply 2013-09-03 06:35:20 -0500
Started 2013-09-02 13:23:21 -0500

My son is almost 37. He has Lyme Disease (and Pancreatitis). His blood pressure seems to be running pretty high. From 138/95 to 170/115 that he's taken. Pulse 90 to 178. Not sure how high it goes when he's stressed. He's under a lot of stress right now. He has very high Triglyceride, from 550 to 980 that I've seen. Cholesterol high.

He doesn't have health insurance. He doesn't have money for prescriptions. His wife smokes (outside), so there's a measure of second degree smoke. I'm concerned over his condition.

HBP is supposed to be silent killer, so it's hard to know what's going on. I'd appreciate any input.

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jshu43 2013-09-03 06:35:20 -0500 Report

Thanks for reply. Yes, the cigarettes drive me a bit nuts. But that's a matter of prayer I guess.

I think my son understands a bit about the importance of taking care of HBP, but just can't figure out how to take care of it right now. He feels too bad to really get enough exercise. Catch 22. Again - prayer.

He and his wife were living in Boulder a few months recently and his feet and ankles were swollen the whole time. Not sure why, but that seems scary to me as well.

What also has me nervous is his diastolic numbers. Over 110 fairly often. I read that in people under 40 with high diastolic numbers were in jeopardy of heart attack or stroke.

Foxscribe 2013-09-02 23:24:14 -0500 Report

The good news is that we are living in a time when high blood pressure and high cholesterol are manageable conditions; I'm living proof of that. In my father's day, middle-aged men routinely died from undiagnosed and/or untreated cardiac risk factors. It doesn't have to be that way today.

Please encourage your son to come under treatment for his risk factors. Diet and exercise can help some, and not all medications are prohibitively expensive. It's all a matter of priorities; your son's wife probably spends more per month on cigarettes than a month's worth of medication would cost. Alternative funding may be available as well. Patiently and politely but persistently advocate for your son to attend to matters affecting his health, which is really our most valuable possession…